Kayhan Kalhor at the University of Illinois

The UIUC Iranian Cultural Association (ICA-UIUC) and Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies (CSAMES) are proud to present three-time Grammy nominee and renowned kamancheh virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor in concert at the University of Illinois on Friday, February 15, 2019 from 7-9pm in Gregory Hall (810 S Wright St, Urbana). The Robert E. Brown Center for World Music is one of several co-sponsors of this event, including the Center for Global Studies through support from the US Department of Education's Title VI NRC Program.

Prior to the concert, on Thursday, February 14th, 2019 at 5:30p, Kayhan Kalhor will give a talk on Improvisation in Persian Music at the lower level of Smith Memorial Hall, Room 25 (805 S Mathews Ave, Urbana). This speaking engagement is co-sponsored by Improvisers Exchange, an initiative of the Center for Advanced Study.

Kalhor is an internationally acclaimed artist who has been instrumental in popularizing Persian music in the West through his many collaborations, and is a creative force in today’s music scene. His performances of traditional Persian music have attracted audiences from around the globe. He is known for studying the music of Iran’s many regions, in particular those of Khorason and Kordestan, and has toured the world as a soloist with various ensembles and orchestras including the New York Philharmonic and the Orchestre National de Lyon.

Kalhor is also the co-founder of the renowned ensembles Dastan, Ghazal: Persian & Indian Improvisations, and Masters of Persian Music, and has composed works for Iran’s most renowned vocalists including Mohammad Reza Shajarian and Shahram Nazeri. He has composed music for television and film, and was most recently featured on the soundtrack of Francis Ford Copolla’s Youth Without Youth. Kayhan Kalhor has also collaborated with many other well known composers including Osvaldo Golijov and John Adams, and his compositions appear on several albums by Yo-Yo Ma’s Silkroad Ensemble, of which he is a member.

This performance is free and open to the public, but numbered seats can be secured by reserving a free ticket. Please see the Facebook Event page for ticketing details: