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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

Please note that this is event is no longer available online but tickets can be purchased by phoning the box office on 01904 658 338 and tickets will be available on the door up to 1 hour prior to the performance.

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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