Concert Stream – Kayhan Kalhor, kamancheh: Echoes of the East

Kayhan Kalhor wearing a red silk shirt while playing a kamancheh

May 14, 2021 | 7:00PM

$15 | Free for UChicago Students

This concert premieres at 7 pm CDT on Friday, May 14 and will be available until 11:59 pm CDT on Sunday, May 16.


With performance credits that include the New York Philharmonic and the Silkroad Ensemble, Iranian maestro Kayhan Kalhor has championed the sounds of ancient Persian music for a modern, global audience. At the center of Kalhor’s sound is his virtuosity on the kamancheh, or “spike fiddle,” which, accompanied by Middle Eastern percussion, traces a silvered thread through music that unfolds like vivid tapestries, weaving together elements of East and West, old and new.

In this streaming concert, recorded in Iran, Kalhor is joined by tombak player Navid Afghah for a meditative program of "Echoes of the East."

This streaming event is a syndicated production and was previously broadcast by Duke Performances on November 14, 2020.

This concert is partially supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and International House at the University of Chicago.