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Persian & Turkish Improvisations at Lake Superior State University's Arts Center

Following the tremendous success of the Indo-Persian Ghazal Ensemble, the initiator of that project, Kayhan Kalhor, has begun a new association with Turkish musician Erdal Erzinçan. As with Ghazal, this duet brings together the music of two cultures that have much in common - the Persian classical tradition and the Turkish Sufi (Alevi) tradition. These powerful duets, which meld seamlessly, are performed on Persian kamancheh (spike fiddle) and on the Turkish baglama, (a lute sometimes known as the saz) to astonishing effect. This tour will celebrate the release of a unique recording of their music.
Kayhan Kalhor (left) & Erdal Erzinçan (right)
Kayhan Kalhor, born in Tehran, Iran began his musical studies at the age of seven under Master Ahmad Mohajer. A child prodigy on the kamancheh, he was invited at the age of thirteen to work in the Iranian National Radio and Television Orchestra, where he performed for five years. At seventeen, Kalhor began working with the Shayda Ensemble of the Chavosh Cultural Center, the most prestigious arts organization at the time in Iran. While performing with Shayda, he continued studying the Iranian classical repertoire (radif) with different masters. He has composed works for Iran's most renowned vocalists, including Mohammad Reza Shajarian and Shahram Nazeri and has performed and recorded with many of Iran's greatest artists. In 1991 he co-founded Dastan, the renowned Persian classical music ensemble, and in 1997 he formed Ghazal ensemble with sitarist Shujaat Hussain Khan. His recent commissions include works written for the Kronos Quartet and for Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Project. In 2003 he was nominated for two Grammy Awards.
Erdal Erzinçan is an exceptional musician, and disciple of Turkey's great virtuoso of the baglama, Arif Sag. A highly respected artist who started his own Baglama Music Academy in Istanbul, Erdal has performed throughout the world. He is a brilliant improviser, which makes him an ideal musical companion for Kalhor. If a single instrument were to represent Anatolian folk music it would have to be the baglama - Erdal's instrument. There is no region, no village in Anatolia which it not familiar with it. Considered a sacred instrument, the baglama is used in religious ceremonies of the Alevi, a mystical Sufi order that boasts twenty million followers in Turkey. It is particularly associated with itinerant poets or troubadours known as asik.
"a fiery improviser" NY Times
Presented by World Music Institute
10/26/06 Sault Sainte Marie, MI
8:00 PM
LSSU Arts Center
650 W Easterday Avenue, Sault Sainte Marie, MI 49783
Box Office Telephone Number: (906) 6352602
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10/29/06 Toronto, ON Canada
8:00 PM
Harbourfront Center Theater
231 Queens Quay W. Toronto, ON
Box Office Telephone Number: 416 973-4000
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