Transcender 2017: Kayhan Kalhor, The Rembrandt Trio at Barbican Centre

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East meets West in this poetic collaboration between Iranian Kamancheh player Kayhan Kalhor and the Rembrandt Trio.

Kalhor, a virtuoso on the bowed string instrument, is a long-time member of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble. But this set-up, alongside the Jazz pianist Rembrandt Frerichs and his Trio, promises something different. 'You can't really categorise it,' he says. 'It's not Jazz, it's not Classical, it's just an organic something we do with our instruments where the focal point is improvisation.'

The pianist has always embraced this fluid approach to style, blending the Jazz tradition, Classical music and the Arabic music that he fell in love with while living in Egypt. It's a musical language of great emotional depth, enriched by his singular approach to the fortepiano, the keyboard instrument once gifted to the Shah of Persia by Napoleon. Here, these two worlds meet again, as Frerichs takes a seat behind the fortepiano alongside bassist Tony Overwater and Vinsent Planjer (percussion) on period instruments.

Support comes from the Awj Trio, comprising Maya Youssef, from Damascus, and cousins Mehdi and Adib Rostami.

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Barbican Centre

Silk Street
+44 (0)20 7638 8891
Public transport:
Tube: Moorgate/Barbican Train: Liverpool Street

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