Duke Performances

Kayhan Kalhor

Saturday, November 14, 2020 | 8:00 pm


Duke Performances is excited to present our Virtual Fall season – The Show Must Go Online! High-quality, commissioned films featuring artists originally slated for in-person performances will premiere on Vimeo for ticket holders. Each film, shot following local safety protocols, is made in collaboration with an audio and video crew in each artist’s home city. 

General admission tickets are $10 per presentation and Duke Student tickets are available free of charge through the support of the Provost and the Vice Provost for the Arts at Duke University. Before the premiere, ticket buyers will receive a unique Vimeo link to stream each performance online at the scheduled time. After the conclusion of the premiere, films will be available for viewing for 24 hours.

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In compassion for those who were lost during January’s accidental downing of a Ukrainian airliner by Iranian forces, Iranian kamancheh (Persian bowed stringed instrument) virtuoso, Kayhan Kalhor, stood in front of a Tehran audience and said, “I think we should be beside you, feeling the energy from each other and improve the harsh and violent situation…Serious music and serious art should never stop.” These types of music deeds, while driven by the societal healing powers of the Kurdish folk music that the six-time GRAMMY-nominated composer began studying at the age of seven, also owe themselves to the power of cross-cultural collaboration. Following the release of his 1998 debut Scattering Stars Like Dust, Kalhor began melding traditional Iranian arrangements with improvisational through lines, lending his sound and experimental vision, over the years, most notably to Yo-Yo Ma’s enduring and GRAMMY-winning Silk Road Ensemble, the New York Philharmonic, Kronos Quartet, and string quartet Brooklyn Rider. In 2019, Kalhor partnered with the Rembrandt Frerichs Trio for It’s Still Autumn, praised by NPR Music as a “magical two-part outing,” where Kalhor’s atmospheric kamancheh playing harnesses the trio’s distinctive and boundless sound.

— Eric Tullis

Student tickets for Duke Performances’ Virtual Fall season are made possible through generous support from the Provost and the Vice Provost for the Arts at Duke University.

Kayhan Kalhor: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert


"A master musician and composer."

NPR

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