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Friday, February 24, 2023

PICK: Kayhan Kalhor at Modlin Center, Sunday, Feb. 26

Iranian-Kurdish virtuoso musician featured in midday concert.

Posted By on Fri, Feb 24, 2023 at 4:00 AM

Grammy winner Kayhan Kalhor has done his share to popularize Persian music around the world and is known for his beautiful, virtuoso playing of the kamancheh, or "spiked fiddle" (a bowed string instrument).

Born in Tehran, Kahlor is Iranian-Kurdish and also known for being a vocal composer as well as playing the setar, a type of lute used in traditional Persian music. He is an original member of renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s Silkroad Ensemble; and if Ma calls you one of the greatest musicians he’s “had the privilege to know and to work with” that is quite the compliment. In fact, we’d say it’s enough to buy a ticket even if you're unfamiliar with the music.

Kahlor and his spouse, Zohreh Soltanabadi, have lived in the past in New York and California, but due to some problems with gaining permanent residency in this country, the couple now resides in Tehran. After dealing with all that red tape, we're lucky he still comes to this country to play.

Kayhan Kahlor will be performing this Sunday, Feb. 26 afternoon at 3 p.m. at University of Richmond’s Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music, accompanied by Behrouz Jamali. Tickets are $5-$35 and available here.


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