Kayhan Kalhor & Toumani Diabaté

The Iranian kamanche virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor is one of the internationally best known exponents of the Persian and Kurdish music. Toumani Diabaté comes from an ancient griot family and is recognised as one of the most influential musicians from West Africa and as an excellent player of the kora.  

Both artists have already collaborated with many musicians from other traditions. While Kayhan Kalhor has become known to international audiences through his collaboration with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra or the Turkish baglama virtuoso Erdal Erzincan, Diabaté has worked with the Icelandic singer Björk, the flamenco band Ketama or the American jazz trombonist Roswell Rudd.

The two virtuoso string players explore their musical cultures and influences together in a wonderful and open dialogue between the Persian spiked fiddle and the West African double bridge harp-lute.

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