Sunday, February 02, 2003

Kayhan Kalhor (kamancheh) Shujaat Husain Khan (sitar and vocals)

Ghazal: the Art of improvisation
Ghazal is a masterpiece by Kayhan Kalhor, an Iranian kamancheh (a vertical, four-string fiddle) virtuoso, and Shujaat Husain Khan, a sitar master. I believe it is an entirely successful fusion of two ancient classical musics: Persian and Hindustani (north Indian). The word Ghazal means a type of Persian (Iranian) poetry and also describes an old style of romantic ballad often sung in India. They make exciting, accessible, richly melodic music that will delight listeners of all tastes and backgrounds. It is one of the best works I have heard. (written by Iman)

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