For the final night of Songlines Encounters Festival we welcome Kayhan Kalhor & Ali Bahrain Fard and Çiğdem Aslan (pictured)
Kayhan Kalhor is renowned for his great musical partnerships. The Iranian kamancheh (spike fiddle) player has performed great duos with Indian, Turkish, Kurdish and Iranian musicians. This sublime pairing of bowed and struck strings features fellow Iranian musician Ali Bahrami Fard on a specially created bass santur in music that is meditative and uplifting.
Turkish Kurdish vocalist Çiğdem Aslan is one of London’s best-kept secrets, but not for much longer. Her debut album, Mortissa, has been attracting rave reviews and shows that Aslan is a lioness of rebetika – the melancholy Greek and Turkish songs of Asia Minor. She’s gathered a superb band, some of them moonlighting from She’Koyokh, with whom Aslan also performs, and they’ll be sure to round off Songlines Encounters in style.
Prior to his performance, Kayhan Kalhor will talk to Simon Broughton about the music and events that have inspired his music and demonstrates his specially commissioned instrument, the shah kaman. More info.
Kayhan Kalhor performs with Ali Bahrami Fard:
Pouya Mahmoodi Band
Pouya Mahmoodi is an Iranian guitarist, songwriter and singer. He is a pioneer of Iranian world fusion style, mixing Iranian traditional music with Western music styles such as jazz, blues, and rock. In this programme Armin Firouzabadi (acoustic guitar), Saleh Zarei (electric bass) and Ali Nourbakhsh (percussion) will accompany him.
You can book your tickets by visiting the Kings Place website or by calling 020 7520 1490. We hope to see you there!