Persian Masters and More

On this episode of New Sounds, Persian kemanche (spike-fiddle) master Kayhan Kalhor and his ensemble join John Schaefer in the WNYC studio. Through his solo concerts and work with Ghazal and Yo-Yo Ma, Kalhor has been instrumental in bringing a larger audience to Persian music. Hear live interpretations by Kalhor and ensemble, performing and improvising traditional Iranian (Persian) music. Plus, live performances from bansuri (bamboo flute) player Steve Gorn and Japanese shakuhachi player Ralph Samuelson.

PROGRAM #2281, with guests Kayhan Kalhor, Steve Gorn and Ralph Samuelson (First aired 5/6/2004)





Kayhan Kalhor Ensemble (Siamak Jahangiry, ney; Hamid Khabazi, tar; Siamak Aghaie, santur; Pedram Khavarzamini, tombak)


Chahar Mezrab - Nava [4:30]
Dastgah - Nava [10:30]

Kalhor's most recent release is with Ali Akbar Moradi, called "In The Mirror of the Sky", World Village #468030*

Steve Gorn


Kaunsi Kanara [3:00]

Gorn's recordings of Indian classical music for the bansuri flute are available through

Ralph Samuelson


Teitelbaum: Variations on Returing the Bowl, excerpts [3:00]

One of Ralph's recordings is available at

Steve Gorn & Ralph Samuelson


Cowell: The Universal Flute [6:30]

This performance not commercially available.


The Rain

Dawn, excerpt [4:00]

ECM #1840

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