Innovative young string quartet Brooklyn Rider joins forces with two-time Grammy winner Kayhan Kalhor for a night of superb musicianship on Thursday, May 11 at 7 p.m. at UCSB Campbell Hall, presented by UCSB Arts & Lectures.
Brooklyn Rider consists of Johnny Gandelsman on violin, Colin Jacobsen on violin, Nicholas Cords on viola and Michael Nicolas on cello. These string marvels have moved Santa Barbara audiences as part of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble. Now, they return to find common ground between Persian folk and modern minimalism in a program that spans from Philip Glass string quartet to traditional Persian kamancheh improvisation (program subject to change).
Kayhan Kalhor is an internationally acclaimed virtuoso on the kamancheh (four-stringed upright Persian fiddle), who through his many musical collaborations has been instrumental in popularizing Persian music in the West and is a creative force in today’s music scene. This dynamic musical collaboration promises to be an eclectic match made in classic and contemporary heaven.
For tickets and more information, call UCSB Arts & Lectures at 805/893-3535 or purchase online at artsandlectures.ucsb.edu. Watch Brooklyn Rider and Kayhan Kalhor perform at the Brooklyn Lyceum here.
—Victoria Tai Murphy