Kayhan Kalhor

Scattering Stars Like Dust
Kayhan Kalhor Traditional Crossroads 4288


    Dastgah Chahargah
  1. Introduction
  2. Improvisation
  3. Duet for kamancheh and tombak

Other performers: Pejman Hadadi (tombak)

Playing time: 47'23"

Production date: 1998

This is Kayhan Kalhor's first studio recording. Although based in Dastgah Chahargah, this performanced makes use of traditional gushes infrequently. The individual passages are not labeled more clearly than above, but they do project a classical ethos. The opening pizzicato is certainly different, but not very effective.

This recording has some very fine moments, and can achieve the sort of elevation for which Kalhor is known, but it is both relatively short and intermittent in its music quality.

The title is taken from a wonderful line by Rumi, "We come spinning out of nothingness, scattering stars like dust."

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T. M. McComb