These exceptional string players both have a passion for bridging musical cultures. Kayhan Kalhor is a compelling performer on the ancient bowed instrument kemancheh. Grammy winner Diabaté is the undisputed master of the kora, the African harp. Their first encounter at the Bimhuis in 2016 was a rare blend of fundamentally different sound worlds.
At 13, Kayhan Kalhor was already in Iran’s National Orchestra. Later on he studied European classical music. Collaborations with, among others, Yo-Yo Ma and film director Francis Ford Coppola led to his international breakthrough. Mali-born Toumani Diabaté is one of Africa’s most influential musicians. His previous collaborations include Björk and Ali Farka Touré.