0123 GMT November 19, 2019
Kalhor is set to receive the prestigious award at the 25th anniversary of WOMEX in Tampere, Finland, on October 27, 2019. Kalhor will perform as a duo together with Erdal Erzincan on bağlama (most common stringed instrument in Turkey) in what will be the final concert of WOMEX 2019.
Kalhor said, “Receiving the WOMEX Artist Award means so much to me. The award is in recognition of the rich culture of my homeland, Iran, and an ageless Persian art that thrives and is beloved throughout the world. 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, in a statement, noted that 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 musical tradition to the ears of people all over the world, Piranha Arts, the organizers of WOMEX, are delighted to present the WOMEX Artist Award 2019 to Kalhor.
The WOMEX 2019 closing ceremony will also include the Award for Professional Excellence and the annual Label Award, both of which are yet to be announced.
For Kalhor, kamancheh is his voice. When he plays, he creates whole languages in which to communicate with people from all over the world, from centuries past and far into the future. Throughout his career, Kalhor has worked with the best musicians from across Iran and studied the folk music of Kurdestan and Khorasan (regions in Iran), allowing all of these voices to permeate his own sound, according to the statement.
On the international scene, Kalhor is well-known for his world-spanning collaborations. From Shujaat Khan, Yo-Yo Ma, Erdal Erzincan and Toumani Diabaté, to the Kronos Quartet (recipient of WOMEX Artist Award 2018), Brooklyn Rider and the Rembrandt Frerichs Trio.
Along with world-class musicians, Kalhor has performed in several countries such as Japan, China, Turkey, France, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and the US, among others.
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, shows, conferences, film screenings, networking sessions, and awards.