"…Parsai learned to play kamancheh by watching videos of Kayhan Kalhor - widely considered the modern-day master of this ancient instrument.
But this day is different. Instead of watching Kalhor on YouTube, Parsai watches from the audience.
His hero is in town for a concert Parsai helped organize with the Persian Student Association at the University of Toledo.
“I’m extremely excited and I’m glad to have him here, and hopefully this will open a gateway for many other musicians in all kinds of genres to see that there’s music lovers everywhere,” said Parsai.”
Kayhan Kalhor is magnificent live! He’ll be in New York and San Francisco in 2012. His latest World Village album Silent City - a collaboration with string quartet Brooklyn Rider - was a Best Album of the Year at Village Voice, Time Out New York, and Emusic, among others. It reached #18 on the Billboard Classical Crossover Chart and even got a 7.6 on Pitchfork. Truly genre-crashing.