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Scattering Stars Like Dust

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  • Audio CD (June 9, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Traditional Crossroads
  • ASIN: B000006OIH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Kalhor is best known to U.S. audiences for his work as 1/3 of Ghazal, the group that fuses Hindustani and Persian music. On this release he focuses on his own tradition, the classical Persian tradition, updating it with somber Kurdish folk melodies and, of course, his own innovations on the kemancheh, or spiked fiddle. As with all austere, composition-based performances, the innovations here are extremely subtle and Kalhor maintains the mood of the piece over the entirety of the album. Pejman Hadadi, the percussionist, provides rolling cascades of sound in complex rythmic tandem with Kalhor's kemancheh. Hopefully Kalhor's solitary updating of Persian classical music will continue along with the fusion of Ghazal.
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An amazing number of the most outstanding musicians in the 'classical' traditions of India, Pakistan, China, Bolivia, and the rest of the world are living and performing in the USA. Of course, politics and poverty drive them away from home, but to "our" cultural credit, appreciative audiences in the USA also draw them here while in their homelands western pop prevails. Kayhan Kalhor is one such musician, the greatest virtuoso of the Persian spiked fiddle, the kamancheh, living in... Berkeley, California.

The kamancheh is a long-necked fiddle with four strings, tuned with huge pegs from the term "spiked fiddle" comes. The sound box is small, about the size of a coconut. The picture of Kalhor shows him sitting on his knees with his kamancheh on a peg upright between his thighs. Very similar fiddles are found throughout China and south Asia. His colleague, Pejman Hadadi sits cross-legged, playing the tombak, a single ceramic drum struck with the fingers of both hands. Besides the picture, the accompanying booklet contains an ample description of the ideas and practices of Persian music, though a few of the claims of antiquity and influence should be taken with salt.

Kalhor's music is improvisational, based on modal structures and simple remembered fragments of melody. It doesn't sound the least like jazz but it has affinities in performance practice. There are only three tracks on this CD. In other words, Kalhor was "world enough and time" to develop his improvisations and communicate his musical ideas. That is as it should be; far too many "ethnographic" recordings are mere snippets of extended works. This is music which requires commitment from the listener as well as the performer - commitment of attention and empathy.
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This cd is not his best. The tracks are interrupted frequently by blank spaces within the song as if the recordings were poorly done at the studio. If you want the real deal, buy GHAZAL - AS NIGHT FALLS ON THE SILK ROAD. Primo!
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This guy is so beautiful and his music so ethereal! So otherwordly! I love this with a stick of good incense like some NagChampa or Golotka and getting translated to the SIlk Road and the Spice Trail! Oh!!!
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