Date: May 19, 2018 Venue: Schimmel Center (NY) Review by Piruz Partow
Legendary Iranian kamancheh performer, Kayhan Kalhor, has been one of the top World Music musicians in the world. Not only has he gained much recognition as an Iranian musician, having performed with Hossein Alizahdeh and Mohammad Reza Shajarian, but also being a pioneer in cross platform collaborations with YoYo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble and also in duet with musicians like Indian Sitarist/Vocalist Shujaat Hussain Khan. Tonight’s duet concert with long-time collaborator Turkish baglama player Erdal Erzicanwas most enjoyable to any ear.
Oran Etkins’ Wake Up Clarinet has been out for some time now, but worthy of a good listen. Created as a kid’s album, this recording can be enjoyed by adults alike. Its creator, Oran Etkin, is up for a Grammy for contributing a song to theHealthy Food For Thoughtcompilation released by Timbalooloo Music records. Etkin’s music school “Timbalooloo” has created a well-deserved buzz from such names as Harvey Keitel, Liev Schreiver, and Edie Falco.