Oct 27, 2019, 7:32 PM
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Iran’s Kayhan Kalhor receives 2019 WOMEX

 Tehran, Oct 27, IRNA - Acclaimed Iranian musician and ‘Kamancheh’ virtuoso Kayhan Kalhor grabbed 2019 World Music Expo (WOMEX) award.

For the mastery and virtuosity of the kamancheh, for the ceaseless innovation and collaboration to create exciting new musical languages and for bringing the Persian classical music tradition to the ears of people all over the world, Piranha Arts, the organisers of WOMEX, are delighted to present the WOMEX Artist Award 2019 to Kayhan Kalhor, WOMEX official website reported.

"Receiving the WOMEX Artist Award means so much to me. The award is recognition of the rich culture of my homeland Iran and an ageless Persian art that thrives and is beloved throughout the world,” Kalhor was quoted as saying.

He added: “As forces arise across the globe and push for divisiveness, borders and intolerance, music brings us together and reminds us of our common humanity. As a citizen of the world, I am humbled by this recognition and stand with artists whose music fosters unity."

WOMEX is an international world music support and development project based in Berlin, whose main event is an exposition held annually in different locations throughout Europe. It integrates a trade fair, showcases, conferences, film screenings, networking sessions, and awards.

Kalhor, a prominent composer and master of classical Kurdish and Persian music, has a wide range of musical influences using several musical instruments, and crosses cultural borders with his work.

In his works, Kalhor often pins Persian classical music structures to the rich folk modes and melodies of the Kurdish tradition of Iran.

Traditional Kurdish tunes are recurrent themes in his works.

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