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Iran Kalhor’s album enters music magazine top 10 list

Culture - Celebrated Iranian Kamanche maestro Keyhan Kalhor’s new album has entered the list of top ten albums selected by the worldly famous music magazine of Songlines.

The top rated album is a joint work created by Kalhor and the prominent Turkish Baglama player Erdal Erzincan.

They have performed several joint programs in some music events such as the New York’s GlobalFest held at the city’s Marlin Room in January, 2013.

Kalhor is known for his brilliant performances on the traditional instrument of Kamancheh and creating a unique mixture of classical Persian music with folk tunes of the Kurdistan region.

Kamancheh, a Persian bowed string instrument, is related to the bowed rebab, its historical ancestor and also the bowed lira of the Byzantine Empire, ancestor of the European violin family.

Kalhor has also toured internationally and performed in several countries on numerous occasions. Two of his works were nominated for Grammy Awards in 2004.

He has also held many concerts along with the world-renowned musicians and ensembles such as the string quartet, Brooklyn Rider ensemble, in the US city of Minneapolis in 2012.

Kalhor has composed and performed with Indian sitar player Shujaat Husain Khan and Indian Tabla player Swapan Chaudhuri, with whom he formed Ghazal ensemble.

Launched in 1999, Songlines is a British based magazine that covers music from traditional and popular to contemporary and fusion, featuring artists from around the globe.

Songlines reviews the music about politics, history, ethnicity and the environment along with presenting the latest CD reviews, artist interviews, guides to particular world music traditions, travel adventures, beginner's and city guides, frontline reports and concert listings.

 

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