Kayhan Kalhor, a master of classical Kurdish and Persian music, three time Grammy-Award nominated, and an original member of the Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, will make a New York appearance as part of Asia Society’s exciting “New Sounds from Iran.” The internationally acclaimed virtuoso performs his own compositions on kamancheh (Persian spiked fiddle), including material from his latest CD, I Will Not Stand Alone. Accompanying on the rarely heard santour (hammered dulcimer) is Ali Bahrami Fard, a student of the legendary Ostad Faramarz Payvar and one of his generation’s most gifted and masterful santour players.
I Stand Alone is a meditation on the early period of unrest in Iran — which left Kalhor feeling isolated and consumed by the violence that was taking place around him. Though this was one of the most difficult periods in his life, he took the opportunity to rethink his relationship to music, using it as a tool to connect with others. With this recording, Kayhan is also debuting a new instrument, the shah-kaman, designed especially for him.
The concert will take place at Asia Society’s Lila Acheson Wallace Auditorium on Saturday, November 16 at 8 pm. Asia Society is located at 725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street, New York City). Tickets are $25 members; $30 students/seniors; $35 nonmembers. For updates and details, please visit http://asiasociety.org/iranmodern or call 212-517-ASIA.