50 People Shaping the Culture of the Middle East


Kayhan Kalhor, Iran

Kayhan Kalhor, Iran

In addition to keeping up classical Persian music, Iranian-born Kayhan Kalhor also innovates within the traditional form. A virtuoso on the kamancheh, a fiddle-like instrument with a long neck, Kalhor has collaborated on many international projects such as the Silk Road Ensemble, with cellist Yo-Yo Ma. A Grammy nominee, he helped to invent a new instrument and is on tour with his latest album, "I Will Not Stand Alone," while on tour this year. Recorded after the crackdown on Iran's Green Movement, which erupted in 2009, he's called it a rumination on “one of the most difficult stages” in his life. 

Credit: International Review of Music

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