- November 20, 2015
- 8:00 pm
401 Van Ness Avenue (at McAllister Street)
San Francisco, CA 94102
Kayhan Kalhor, Iranian kamancheh master, and Erdal Erzincan, renowned Turkish baglama player, have entwined Persian classical and Turkish Sufi music since the mid-2000's. Their CD, The Wind, was released in 2006 and their collaboration has remained vibrant ever since.
Instruments similar to the violin-like kamancheh are found in musical ensembles throughout the Middle East and South Asia, and the modern violin derives from them. The baglama is used in traditional Anatolian folk music and religious ceremonies of the Alevi Sufis, a Turkish mystical order.
Kalhor believes in the power of music to link cultures and bring mutual understanding, a message particularly important for his students, "Telling them about the music and the musical culture, considering the situation between our two countries, I think is very valuable".
Kayhan Kalhor is an internationally acclaimed virtuoso on the kamancheh (Persian spiked fiddle). His performances of traditional Persian music and his many unique collaborations have attracted audiences around the globe. Born in Tehran, he began his musical studies at the age of seven. At thirteen, he was invited to work with the National Orchestra of Radio and Television of Iran, where he performed for five years. When he was seventeen he began working with the Shayda Ensemble of the Chavosh Cultural Center, the most prestigious arts organization in Iran at the time. He has traveled extensively throughout Iran, studying the music of its many regions, in particular those of Khorasan and Kordestan. Kayhan has toured the world as a soloist with various ensembles and orchestras including the New York Philharmonic and l'Orchestre National de Lyon. He is co-founder of the renowned ensembles Dastan, Ghazal: Persian & Indian Improvisations and Masters of Persian Music. Kayhan has composed works for Iran's most renowned vocalists Mohammad Reza Shajarian and Shahram Nazeri, has performed and recorded with Iran's greatest instrumentalists and has composed music for television and film. In 2004, Kayhan was invited by American composer John Adams to give a solo recital at Zankel Hall as part of Carnegie Hall's Perspectives and in the same year he appeared on a double bill at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival, sharing the program with the Festival Orchestra performing the Mozart Requiem. Kayhan is an original member of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project and his compositions appear on three of the Ensemble's albums. He has recorded more than a dozen albums, with three recent recordings nominated for Grammy® Awards.
Erdal Erzincan, a disciple of the legendary Arif Sag, is one of the most well known folk musicians of his generation in Turkey. Born in Erzurum in 1971, he became interested in the region's folk music at an early age. In 1985, he moved to Istanbul to study at the Istanbul Conservatory and the Arif Sag Music School. Erzincan has made numerous recordings, both as a solo artist and as an accompanist, some of which have become best-selling albums. His collaborations include concerts with Arif Sag and the Koln Philharmonic, and with the Ambassade Symphony Orchester Wien (an ensemble of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra). Erzincan has performed and taught throughout the world and founded the Baglama Music Academy in Istanbul where he leads a baglama orchestra comprised of his students.
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This event is sponsored in part by a grant from Grants for the Arts
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