Kayhan Kalhor, Aynur, Cemîl Qoçgirî, and Salman Gambarov – Hawniyaz (Harmonia Mundi)

HAWNIYAZ_sWhat beautiful music! Kalhor draws so much drama out of every note from his kamancheh (an Iranian string instrument played with a bow). The plaintive vocals of Aynur accent this drama with rich emotional tones. Notes from Gambarov’s piano fall into place quietly, brilliantly, & so meaningfully! The same can be said for the subtle contributions of Qoçgiri’s tembûr (a fretted Iranian string instrument). Quietly remarkable.

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