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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Kayhan Kalhor

PERFORMANCE BY KAYHAN KALHOR, MASTER OF PERSIAN MUSIC - 8:00 PM

Tehran native Kayhan Kalhor is a master of Persian musical traditions that stretch back thousands of years. These ancient forms combine classical precision with improvisation, and Kalhor seamlessly interweaves the two disciplines on his kamanche, a plaintive-voiced upright fiddle. While his mastery of that instrument originally brought him fame in this country as a founding member of Yo-Yo Ma’s celebrated Silk Road Ensemble, he is also a sought-after soloist.

Kalhor will perform in the intimate auditorium of Duke’s Nasher Museum in conjunction with Doris Duke’s Shangri-La, an exhibition of the philanthropist’s astounding collection of Islamic Art. He will be accompanied by his countryman Ali Bahrami Fard on the santour (a Persian hammered dulcimer); together, they make music that harkens back to ancient traditions while embracing our current times. 

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