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Kayhan Kalhor and Ali Bahrami Fard

NCEM, York
Thursday 5 June 7:30pm

Adults £13.00 | Concessions £11.00 | Students £5.00

Kayhan Kalhor kamancheh
Ali Bahrami Fard bass santour

A virtuoso of the Persian spiked fiddle, known as kamancheh, Kayhan Kalhor is a three-time Grammy nominee and widely considered to be the greatest living ambassador of Iranian music. Born into an Iranian Kurdish family, he has performed internationally as a founding member of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble and given solo recitals at Carnegie Hall.

Living back in Tehran after years in the West, Kalhor returns, bearing the shah kaman, a new, custom-built kamancheh constructed with sympathetic strings. He joins forces with Ali Bahrami Fard, a master of the rarely heard bass santour (a hammered dulcimer with 96 strings). They perform music from 2012's World Village release 'I Will Not Stand Alone' – a stark and haunting meditation that finds glimmers of hope in dark times.

This concert is in collaboration with the Songlines Encounters Festival

Pluck a Star from the Sky

I Will Not Stand Alone

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NCEM, York
Saturday 22 March 7:30pm