Traditional Persian and Turkish music meet with this duo. Kalhor, who has been involved with the Silk Road ensemble for a number of years, plays the kamanhcheh, which is Iran’s version of a fiddle, and Erzincan performs the baglama, an instrument that somewhat resembles the the oud. On their first album together, “The Wind” (Kalhor previously recorded “The Rain” with the Ghazal group, also released on the ECM/Universal label), they play the twelve-part piece that gives the record its title, taking the listener on an intensely personal journey that showcases both musicians’ chops through their classical training and improvisational skills. Kalhor and Erzican sometimes play solo, exchanging riffs as they go along, but it is when they improvise together you really realize what the music is about. You would think that the music is carefully rehearsed, but it is their chemistry that makes everything gel. One is advised to completely let go, allowing the melodies to take over and away from our busy lives. (Ernest Barteldes)
October 8 at Old Town School of Folk Music.