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Music, Reviewed Kayhan Kalhor/Erdal Erzincan

Kayhan Kalhor/Erdal Erzincan

Iranian kamancheh (spike fiddle) player Kayhan Kalhor and Turkish baglama (lute) instrumentalist Erdal Erzincan are arguably their respective country's greatest cultural ambassadors. While infamous President Ahmadinejad continues to flex his nuclear ambitions and the authorities in Turkey dare to prosecute…
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Improvisation is the key to the power and passion of Persian classical music. But as in the Indian tradition, Iranian musicians follow a complex set of scales, rhythms, and phrases that dictates the repertoire. Rather than being constrained by these…
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GhazalIn the Persian tradition, the term ghazal refers to a genre of mystical odes or love poems that celebrates both sex and God. In India, popular semiclassical ballads known as ghazals also explore the seemingly paradoxical union of the sensual…
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