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The Living Fire

The Kâmkârs

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Most of the Kurdish-Iranian Kâmkâr family group are members in good standing of the Tehran classical music community. This recording of Kurdish songs is, therefore, mainstream Iranian-traditional rather than Kurdish in style. That said, this set from a 1995 Paris concert is an exhilarating experience, with the zip you'd expect from a bunch of young musicians, but no undue flash.

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Genre: World

Years Active: '90s

The Kamkars are one of the most dynamic yet accessible ensembles in Middle Eastern music. They fuse elements from their Kurdish folk music heritage with conventions from Persian classical music, using instruments from both. At nine musicians they are large enough to constitute an orchestra, by the standards of their region, and they are unusual in that their music usually adaptations of Kurdish love songs with a few lullabies and patriotic songs thrown in - is composed all the way through. This means...
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