Thursday, November 21, 2013
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.