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Kayhan Kalhor (US)

Kayhan Kalhor (Persian: كيهان كلهر), born 1963, is an Iranian kamancheh player of Kurdish descent.
Kayhan Kalhor was born in Tehran, Iran. He began studying music at seven years of age. By age thirteen he was playing in the National Orchestra of Radio and Television of Iran. Continuing his music studies under various teachers, he studied in the Persian radif tradition and also travelled to study in the northern part of Khorasan province, where music traditions have Kurdish and Turkic influences as well as Persian. At a musical conservatory in Tehran around age 20 Kalhor worked under the directorship of Mohammad Reza Lotfi who is from Gorgan. Kalhor also travelled in the northwestern (Kurdish) provinces of Iran. He later moved to Rom...

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Erdal Erzincan (TR)

In Turkey, Erdal Erzincan is often considered the most outstanding exponent of the Anatolian tradition. He has worked extensively with baglama legend Arif Sağ and performed with him around the world.
Erdal Erzincan was born in Erzumrum in 1971, and at an early age became deeply interested in the region's folk music. Introduced to the bağlama, he moved to Istanbul in 1985 to take lessons at the Arif Sag Music School. While studying at the Istanbul Technical University in the late 1980s he began to research finger-picking approaches to playing the bağlama (as opposed to the more common plectrum style).

His first solo album Tore was released in 1994, the first of many successful discs, opening the way also for international...

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