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The Wind

Kayhan KalhorAudio CD
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Iranian kamancheh player Kayan Kalhor’s ‘East meets East’ projects have brought some tantalizing cultural hybrids to full flower. The on-going collaboration with Anatolian baglama master Erdal Erzincan is one of the most striking of them. The source material for their improvisations in this intense and fascinating performance - recorded in Bursa, to the south of Istanbul - ... Read more in Amazon's Kayhan Kalhor Store

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  • Audio CD (September 19, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ecm Records
  • ASIN: B000H9I1AA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,986 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In this follow-up to The Rain, his Grammy-nominated outing with the group Ghazal, the revered Iranian kamencheh (spike fiddle) virtuoso is back with another wonderful set of collaborators. This time, he is heard with Erdal Erzincan, master of the Turkish baglama (or saz), which resembles a long-necked oud but has a more earthy, plangent sound, accompanied by Ulas Özdemir on bass baglama. This first-ever recording of these two giants performing together is the result of extensive research, during which Mr. Kalhor made several visits over many years to Istanbul with Mr. Özdemir, who is also a noted musicologist, serving as his guide and translator. Once he encountered Mr. Erzincan, who is widely considered to be the finest living exponent of the ancient Anatolian tradition, they started searching for a common ground between their respective disciplines. This meant creating a bridge, over which the highly improvisational Persian sources and the more codified Turkish styles, which usually include vocals, could meet and flourish on their own terms. The resulting twelve instrumentals are fiercely inventive and gloriously played, as scratchy bowed and gutty plucked strings climb and dive, propelling one another to previously unimagined heights and depths. --Christina Roden

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Iranian spike fiddle for a meditative moment December 18, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I hear the "wind" from the bowed instrument with four strings. It takes different names and forms (two-four strings) across the vast continent called Asia.

The middle east version of this instrument is believed to be originated from Kurdistan, now divided across Syria, Turkey, Iran and Iraq. It is called "kemanche" or "kemançe" in Kurdish and "kemençe" in Turkish. However, it is more famous as an Iranian and Azeri instrument with a similar name, "kamancheh" (meaning "little bow" in Persian) or kamança (in Azeri). The distinction between a Iranian /Kurdish "kamancheh"/"kemanche" and a Turkish "kemenche" is confusing to non-experts like me especially because I am provided different explanation here and there (it seems that the former is a kind of a long-neck spike fiddle and the latter is a more like a violin without a spike), but one sure thing is that they are related cousins (One very good explanation is provided here with lots of great kamancheh audio samples from Iran, Azerbaijan and Armenia).

One of the most well-known (especially to the Western world) four-stringed kamancheh player today is Kayhan Kalhor, who was born in Iran of Kurdish descent but is now based in the US. While kamancheh has been important as the only bowed string instrument in Iranian classical music (as is exemplied by Ali Asghar Bahari's and Ali Akbar Shekarchi's playing), Kayhan's experiments expanded a modern horizon of the instrument. While playing as a member of Masters of Persian Music, he is tapping into a new soundscape by working with Indian sitar player Shujaat Husain Khan for a project called Ghazal and Turkish baglama (saz) player Erdal Erzincan for the latest album, The Wind (2006).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars incredible music April 21, 2008
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it's maybe not as amazing as K. Kalhor's earlier solo work but it's a stunning album nevertheless. Intelligent, delicate without being bland or light.
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful Music September 6, 2013
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I love this album the music is enthralling and relaxing to listen to. I recommend this for any one who likes different music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trust Me January 19, 2007
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I took a shot and Loved it. Great CD. Puts you right in the Middle East. Very Tranquil. This CD will put you in a calm Zone.


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