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Kayhan Kalhor: Hawniyaz

Read "Hawniyaz" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Western music listeners may not be quick to conjure a connection with Iran and improvised music but there is much spontaneity across genres throughout the Central Asian region. One of the few artists known to U.S. markets is kamancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor. The kamancheh, sometimes called the “spike fiddle," is common to Central Asia and dates ...

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Stefano Bollani / Hamilton de Holanda: O que sera

Read "O que sera" reviewed by John Kelman

Intentional or not, ECM's simultaneously release of Iranian kamencheh master Kayhan Kalhor and Turkish baglama expert Erdal Erzincan's Kula Kulluk Yakişir Mi (2013) with O que será, which captures a positively electrifying 2012 performance by efferverscent Italian pianist Stefano Bollani and Brazilian bandolim virtuoso Hamilton de Holanda, does more than merely celebrate the intimate potential of ...

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Kayhan Kalhor / Erdal Erzincan: Kula Kulluk Yakisir Mi

Read "Kula Kulluk Yakisir Mi" reviewed by John Kelman

When Kayhan Kalhor and Erdal Erzincan released The Wind (ECM, 2004), it was often shockingly beautiful evidence that jazz doesn't own the concept of improvisation--already a millennial concept when jazz first emerged in recognizable form at the turn of the 20th century. There are academics who now assert that “America's classical music" actually dates farther back, ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Eyal Hareuveni's Best Releases of 2012

Read "Eyal Hareuveni's Best Releases of 2012" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

A list of some of the new releases that enriched life in 2012. In no particular order...

Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet

Walk, Love, Sleep

Smalltown Superjazz

A long time ago I lost count of how many albums I have by Peter Brötzmann. Or how many I still want ...

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Kayhan Kalhor & Ali Bahrami Fard: I Will Not Stand Alone

Read "I Will Not Stand Alone" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Iranian kamanche virtuoso and innovative composer Kayhan Kalhor is known for his international collaborations with cellist Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, the Persian-Indian ensemble m: Ghazal = 23569, and the Brooklyn Rider string quartet . I Will Not Stand Alone, is a spellbinding meditation on one of the most difficult stages in his ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Kayhan Kalhor Master Iranian Musician Plays Cultural Ambassador

In Silent City, a hypnotic work commemorating Halabjah, a Kurdish village annihilated by Saddam Hussein, the kamancheh, an upright four-stringed Persian fiddle, breaks out in a lamenting wail based on a traditional Turkish melody.

"Silent City" is included on a new disc of the same name on the World Village label, which Kayhan Kalhor, a virtuoso ...

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Kayhan Kalhor - Erdan Erzincal: The Wind

Read "The Wind" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Il musicista iraniano Kayhan Kalhor, conosciuto in Occidente come membro del duo Ghazal, con cui ha inciso tre album per l'americana Shanachie e uno per la tedesca ECM (The Rain), è un virtuoso del kamancheh, sorta di violino arabo che si suona con l'archetto, tenendolo però in posizione verticale. In questa occasione non ha più al suo fianco ...

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Kayhan Kalhor and Erdal Erzincan: The Wind

Read "The Wind" reviewed by Nenad Georgievski

The Wind, a collaboration between two master musicians, is as good an example of musical interaction as you will ever hope to hear. Duet albums between master musicians from different traditions used to be a rare occurence in the past. But in this rapidly shrinking world, more and more musicians are trying to expand their musicial ...

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Kayhan Kalhor: The Wind

Read "The Wind" reviewed by Budd Kopman

In an exquisite moment on Kayhan Kalhor's last recorded collaboration, The Rain (ECM, 2003), tabla player Sandeep Das hits an “out" note on his tuned drum. This momentarily shocks Kalhor and sitarist Shujaat Khan, but soon brings a smiling murmur when he repeats it as if to say, “I meant that." The two soloists, Kalhor (from ...

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Kayhan Kalhor: The Wind

Read "The Wind" reviewed by John Kelman

Improvisation isn't strictly the purview of jazz, although it's certainly one of the genre's defining foundations. But it's also an area of fertile exploration for artists operating far outside its conventions. Iranian kamancheh (spike fiddle) player Kayhan Kalhor has been exploring the improvisational possibilities at the nexus of Persian and North Indian music for nearly a ...