Friday, February 12, 2021

After U.S. Immigration Battle, Musician Kayhan Kalhor Returns To Iran



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.

Kalhor plays the kamancheh in 2017. When he left Iran at age 17, he carried only two items with him: a small backpack and his main musical instrument, the kamancheh.

Kalhor is now one of the most famous performers and composers in Iran, with a global reputation. He is an integral part of the Grammy-winning Silkroad Ensemble, the artistic collective founded by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who has become a close friend. He's written music for filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola and has collaborated with a range of vaunted artists, from Kronos Quartet, Brooklyn Rider and the New York Philharmonic to Malian kora master Toumani Diabaté and Dutch jazz pianist Rembrandt Frerichs."


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