These two virtuosos were the opening act for this year's globalFEST, and fortunately for me, they were playing in the Marlin Room at Webster Hall, the closest thing the place has to a cabaret space. That plus the earliness of the evening meant I could situate myself comfortably for the shoot. What I didn't realize was that they were going to simply improvise for a full 40 minutes! so I kept shooting and waiting for the "first song" to be over, and it never was. I had to choose carefully when deciding upon my excerpt because all of it was engrossing. Kalhor and Erzincan both come from traditions that stress improvisation and the two of them have a terrific chemistry together. In particular the interplay between the two is most furious when Kalhor is tapping and plucking on the kemanche and Erzincan's blaglama is positively burning it up.
My thanks to NPR for supplying me with good clean audio.

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