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Kayhan Kalhor

Kayhan Kalhor and his kamancheh (spiked fiddle)courtesy of Opus 3 Artists

March 30, 2023

At age seventeen, composer Kayhan Kalhor left his home in Iran, fled for safety, and walked over two thousand five hundred miles to Italy alone, with just a small backpack and his beloved kamancheh (spiked fiddle). We'll hear music Kalhor wrote for Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble on today’s show.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, and Stuart Duncan: Goat Rodeo
Stuart Duncan, fiddle | Chris Thile, mandolin | Yo-Yo Ma, cello | Edgar Meyer, bass
Album: Goat Rodeo
Sony 84118

Antonin Dvorak: String Quartet No. 14 in A-flat major: Movement 1
Apollo Chamber Players
Apollo Chamber Players, Midtown Arts and Theater Center, Houston, TX

Kayhan Kalhor: Blue as the Turquoise Night of Neyshabur
Yo-Yo Ma, cello | Silk Road Ensemble
Album: Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble & Silk Road Journeys

Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102
Denis Kozhukhin, piano | Grand Teton Music Festival Orchestra | Donald Runnicles, conductor
Grand Teton Music Festival, Walk Festival Hall, Jackson Hole, WY

Hour 2

Adina Izarra: El Amolador
Asa Karlberg, flute
Album: Welcome to My Musical Room

Maurice Ravel: Ma mere loye Mother Goose Suite
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra | David Robertson, conductor
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Powell Hall, St. Louis, MO

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Four African Dances, Op. 58
Samuel Nebyu, violin | Charles Abramovic, piano
Lucerne Festival, St Luke's Church, Lucerne, Switzerland

Adina Izarra: Arietta for the 150
Yael Weiss, piano
Baruch Performing Arts Center at Baruch College, Klavierhaus, Baruch College, New York, NY