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All About Jazz - Eyal Hareuveni
Iranian kamanche virtuoso and innovative composer Kayhan Kalhor is known for his international collaborations with cellist Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, the Persian-Indian ensemble m: Ghazal = 23569, and the Brooklyn Rider string quartet . I Will Not Stand Alone, is a spellbinding meditation on one of the most difficult stages in his life. Kalhor was part of the Green Movement civil uprising in Tehran, which was later squashed by the Iranian regime after disputed national elections. This was certainly an intense, emotional period, where darkness and violence seemed to be taking over. Through Kalhor's music and its immediate connection to the people, hope prevails.
Kalhor plays a custom-made instrument on this album, the shah kaman ("the king of bows"), built by Australian craftsman Peter Biffin. This new instrument is a variant of the bowed kamanche. With a fifth lower string and a series of sympathetic harmonic strings, its sound is similar to the Western viola or cello, and to the Indian bowed sarangi. Kalhor is joined by frequent member of his ensembles, Ali Bahrami Fard, on the rarely heard, low register, hammered bass santour. This instrument has sound close to that of the piano. Their musical rapport is telepathic as they seamlessly complete each other's elaborate articulations. ... read more...
Audio Mixers: Kayhan Kalhor; Armin Karbaf.
Liner Note Authors: Peter Biffin; Kayhan Kalhor.
Recording information: Bell Studios, Tehran (02/2011).
Photographer: Saleh Rozati.
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