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Click here for more about Kayhan Kalhor

Kayhan Kalhor, born in Tehran in 1963, began his musical studies under Master Ahmad Mohajer at the age of seven. At thirteen, he was invited to work with the National Orchestra of Radio and Television of Iran, where he performed for five years. Mr. Kalhor was seventeen when he began working with the Shayda Ensemble of the Chavosh Cultural Center, the most prestigious arts organization in Iran at that time. He has spent much time travelling throughout Iran, studying the music of many regions. An internationally acclaimed virtuoso on the kamancheh, he has composed works for Iran's most renowned vocalists, M.R. Shajarian and Shahram Nazeri, and has performed with Iran's greatest masters. He has toured the world as a soloist and with his ensembles - including Ghazal - performing Persian and Indian improvisations. Most recently, he composed a piece for the world-renowned San Francisco-based, Kronos Quartet. He also represented Iranian music in the first annual Chicago World Music Festival last summer. He has many recordings available.
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Click here for more about Ardavan Kamkar

Ardavan Kamkar, born in Sanadaj, Kurdistan in 1968, is the youngest of eight members of the renowned Kamkar family. He began studying the santur (hammered zither) at the age of four with his father. Mr. Kamkar has received acclaim for his moving and dynamic performances with the Kamkar Ensemble in Iran, Europe and North America. He has developed a new technique for his instrument inspired by a piano-playing style and has composed many contemporary and traditional compositions for the santur. His first solo CD in the US is forthcoming.
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Ziya Tabassian, born in 1979, began playing the tombak at the age of 11. He began his formal training in Iran, eventually studying the methods of master Tehrani. Since 1994, he has studied classical percussion under Julien Gregoire in Montreal and is presently a student of musical interpretation at the University of Montreal. He plays in several classical and modern ensembles and is an active member of the Constantinople and Nowroz Ensembles, which he co-founded with his brother Kiya Tabassian.


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