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Persian Meets Classical

An exciting collision of musical worlds.

October 25, 2012
The Maui Weekly

On Sunday afternoon, Oct. 28, at 3:30 p.m. at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center (MACC), a stunning collaboration between Iranian kamancheh (spike-fiddle) virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor and the youthful American string quartet, Brooklyn Rider, will take place on the Castle Theater stage.

Born in Tehran, Kalhor is a Grammy Award-nominated soloist, composer and member of Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble. He has toured the world as a soloist with various ensembles and orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic and Orchestre National de Lyon. Kalhor is co-founder of the renowned ensembles Dastan, Ghazal: Persian & Indian Improvisations and Masters of Persian Music. In addition to composing works for Iran's most renowned vocalists and instrumentalists, he was recently featured on the soundtrack of Francis Ford Coppola's "Youth Without Youth." For the past four years, Kalhor has performed with Brooklyn Rider.

A multi-faceted string quartet, Brooklyn Rider has become well-known for its creative programming and exciting collaborations, which serve to illuminate music in new ways. Born out of a desire to use the rich medium of the string quartet as a vehicle for borderless communication, the musicians in Brooklyn Rider have enjoyed diverse careers that have intersected with each other over the years. The quartet is comprised of Johnny Gandelsman on violin, Colin Jacobsen on violin, Nicholas Cords on viola and Eric Jacobsen on cello. Jacobsen is also a prolific composer.

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Iranian kamancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor (foreground) will perform with the youthful American string quartet, Brooklyn Rider, on the Castle Theater stage at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center on Sunday, Oct. 28, at Maui Arts & Cultural Center.

The group's most recent recording, Silent City, has been called "a real thrill ride" and has impressed Gramophone magazine as "superbly conceived, organically evolved and wonderfully rich proof of both their personal dedication and artistic insights." The quartet's Hawai'i concerts will feature Kalhor's Silent City along with two quartets by Jacobsen and one by Bartk.

Nicolas Cords said of Silent City, "Though the piece was sparked by the destruction of Hallabjah in Kurdistan Iraq, it was always intended to serve as a universal testament to fallen cities [like that of New Orleans] and civilizations. But even more central to Silent City is the idea that life always returns, sprouting anew out of the empty landscape."

Don't miss this exciting collision of musical worlds... Tickets are available for $12, $30 and $40 (plus applicable fees). Preshow lunch will be catered by Kalama's Local Grinds from 1:30 p.m. in Yokouchi Pavilion Courtyard. Call the Box Office at 242-SHOW (7469) or visit



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