On September 19th, ECM will release The Wind in North America, a hypnotic meeting of traditional Persian and Turkish music from kamancheh (Iranian spike fiddle) virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor partnering with one of the leading baglama players of Turkey, Erdal Erzincan .
After The Rain, Kalhor‘s Grammy-nominated album with the group Ghazal, comes The Wind, a documentation of Kayhan Kalhor‘s first encounter with Erdal Erzincan. It presents gripping music, airborne music indeed, pervasive, penetrating, propelled into new spaces by the relentless, searching energies of its protagonists. Yet it is also music firmly anchored in the folk and classical traditions of Persia and Turkey.
Iranian kamancheh virtuoso Kalhor does not undertake his transcultural projects lightly. Ghazal, the Persian-Indian ‘synthesis’ group which he initiated with sitarist Shujaat Husain Khan followed some fifteen years of dialogue with North Indian musicians, in search of the right partner. “Because I come from a musical background which is widely based on improvisation, I really like to explore this element with players from different yet related traditions, to see what we can discover together.
I’m testing the water – putting one foot to the left, so to speak, in Turkey. And one foot to the right, in India. I’m between them. Geographically, physically, musically. And I’m trying to understand our differences. What is the difference between Shujaat and Erdal? Which is the bigger gap? And where will this lead?”
Kayhan began his association with Turkish baglama master Erdal Erzincan by making several research trips, in consecutive years, to Istanbul, collecting material, looking for pieces that he and Erdal might play together. He was accompanied on his journeys by musicologist/player Ulaş Özdemir who also served as translator and eventually took a supporting role in the Kalhor/Erzincan collaboration. On The Wind , Ulaş plays the divan baglama, or bass saz, providing a ground over which the two master musicians may fly.
New York City, Symphony Space
Chicago, IL – Old Town School of Folk Music
Sault Sainte Marie, Ml – Lake Superior State University
Cleveland, OH – Cleveland Museum of Art
Durham, NC – Duke University
Washington, DC – Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center
Duluth, GA – Pert. Arts Center at North Point High School
Waltham, MA – Brandeis University (residency)
Waltham, MA – Brandeis University (concert)
Toronto, Ontario – Harbourfront Center Theater
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