“On Nov. 21, Persian musician Kayhan Kalhor will perform with Ali Bahrami Fard at the Nasher Museum of Art. This performance will expose audiences to Kalhor’s improvisational traditional Persian music.
Kalhor plays the spike fiddle, which is often described as the great-great-grandfather of the violin and is played as an “upright fiddle.” With a round, hollow soundbox and skin soundboard, the spike fiddle looks and sounds unlike anything in Western music. Kalhor attributed the distinct reedy sound quality of the instrument to its unique design.
“[Kalhor] is one of the real instrumental masters of the world who is able to speak forcefully out of his own tradition but also collaborate with musicians out of other traditions,” Aaron Greenwald said, director of Duke Performances.
This performance was arranged as a direct collaboration with the Nasher’s exhibition, Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art, which displays the Islamic artwork of Doris Duke’s home in Hawaii…”