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This Week’s Radio Show – Ticket Give-Away, Kayhan Kalhor Concert, London

kamancheh3This week we sample the sounds of Kuridsh-Iranian spiked fiddle impresario Kayhan Kalhor and the rebetika of Ҫiğdem Aslan who performs at the same concert – to which we have 6 tickets to give away! As well we sample the voice and music of multi-media artist Firouz Farmanfarmaian ahead of his interview on Six Pillars.

Ticket Give Away – Kayhan Kalhor

Saturday June 7th  spiked fiddle impresario Kayhan Kalhor returns yet again to London this time to King’s Place, London which has seen performances by the likes of Sussan Deyhim as well as some of the world’s finest orchestras.We have three pairs of tickets to give away this week to see Kalhor in London, Southampton (6th June) and York (5th June).

Renowned kamancheh player Kalhor and santur player Iranian Ali Bahrami Fard appear as part of the ongoing Songlines Encounters Festival which also includes artists from Ivory Coast, Africa and Venezuela, on the night of Kalhor’s performance there is also a performance by Turkish vocalist Ҫiğdem Aslan the new voice of Greek and Turkish rebetika” (Urban Greek folk).

“What is the role of music when bullets are fired, people are arrested, tortured and beaten?” asked Kurdish-Iranian Kayhan Kalhor about recent events in Iran. His answer was a powerful piece that is both a lament and a statement of hope. “I think a lot of people were saved with music. It was like we were together”.  Kalhor and Bahrami Fard will perform the piece I Will not Stand Alone for kamancheh fiddle and bass santur. Kalhor’s performances have been called “transcendental experiences” in the past. Unusually for Kalhor this concert is preceded by an “in discussion” event.

Ҫiğdem Aslan sings in several languages and regional styles, including Turkish, Kurdish, Greek, Bulgarian, Roma, and Ladino. Aslan is from a Kurdish Alevi background, in which music is one of the pivotal elements of the culture. You can hear Aslan’s latest album Mortissa here (meaning strong, independent woman), of which she says:

 “A mortissa is not an ordinary woman, but a bit of an underground woman”

See her performance below. Meanwhile Kalhor goes on to play NCEM in York and Turner Sims in Southampton and we have a pair of tickets for each of these. To find out how to win tickets simply listen in tonight at 19:30 or catch the repeat on Sunday -6:30am. Or join the mailing list here on the website, from where we’ll be sending out info on how to win.

Wave III 1m x 1.3 m mixed media 2013

Wave III 1m x 1.3 m mixed media 2013

Firouz Farman-Farmaian

Born in Tehran in 1973, Firouz Farman-Farmaian lives and works in Paris and Spain since the Iranian Islamic revolution. Having studied architecture and the arts he developed his own methods of experimentation and works now in film, music and contemporary art on canvas. Farmaian’s artist’s statement:

“To dig into contrasting raw forces. Nature ( wind, water, earth, fire ) and/or systemics ( architectonics, urban waste, information. ) To catalyze and  to transform. “

Aside from the canvas, Farmaian also records music, we’ll be sampling that on today’s show.


A commission for a postmodern play for 2014 – set in Brussels. 1.10 x 2.60 cm


Concert details:

The tour details are as follows (NB. It’s only the London concert that is double-billed with Cigdem, the others are Kayhan & Ali only):

5th June: 19:30, National Centre for Early Music

St Margaret’s Church, Walmgate, York, YO1 9TL. Box Office 01904 658338. (no direct link, you just need to find the date)


6th June: 20:00, Turner Sims

University of Southampton, Southampton, SO17 1BJ. Box Office 023 8059 5151.

7th June: 19:30, Kings Place plus a FREE Kayhan Kalhor Q&A at 18:15

90 York Way, London N1 9QG. Box Office 020 7520 1490.