Friday, February 12, 2021
Anastasia Tsioulcas for NPR interviewed interviewed internationally-acclaimed musician Kayhan Kalhor discusses his travels from, and return to, Iran (including tangles with U.S. immigration authorities). Kalhor's music
"is rooted in rigorous erudition, a tradition so distinctive and so precious that it's been named to the United Nations' list of the intangible cultural heritage of humanity.
His instrument, the kamancheh, is a small, dusky-toned, four-stringed, bowed upright fiddle, with a delicate sound that belies its emotional intensity. He composes, sings and plays several other instruments as well.