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Kayhan Kalhor, Kamancheh

with Deborah Amos, Moderator
“Finding Home in Music”


Wednesday, February 12, 2025, 7:30 PM EST


Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall


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As long as art and culture are held hostage, I will refuse to perform in Iran.”

—Kayhan Kalhor

Healing with Music

About the Event

In the wake of the Iranian revolution, teenage Kayhan Kalhor left his homeland and family with nothing but a backpack and his beloved kamancheh (an Iranian bowed string instrument) in tow. Since that time, he has built an international reputation as one of the most famous performers and composers from Iran — touring with the New York Philharmonic; collaborating with John Adams as part of Carnegie Hall’s Perspectives Series; being nominated for five GRAMMY Awards; and winning a 2017 GRAMMY Award with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, of which he is an original member. And yet, the constantly shifting political situations in Iran and the U.S. have continued to complicate both his personal and his professional life. Get to know this extraordinary individual, who has continuously put his dedication to music and his culture above profound loss, anti-Muslim sentiment, and political unrest, in a conversation permeated by live performance, moderated by award-winning international correspondent for National Public Radio, Deborah Amos.

DON’T MISS IT: Kayhan Kalhor will also perform as part of the DoosTrio on Thursday, February 13, 2025 at 6PM & 9PM. We highly recommend attending both events for the most comprehensive encounter with this extraordinary artist.

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Kayhan Kalhor Kamancheh

Deborah Amos Moderator



    centered on Kayhan Kalhor’s dedication to Iranian music through profound loss, anti-Muslim sentiment, and political unrest

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