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Khorosan to Kurdistan

In the second of his two programmes from Iran, Simon Broughton travels from Khorosan in the east to Kurdistan in the west to meet some of the leading musicians from the rural areas. These local virtuosos are celebrated at home and heard for the first time on radio in the UK.

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  • Simon Broughton introduces Iranian music

    Simon Broughton with music from five regions of Iran.

    Duration: 06:16

  • Music Played

    • Haj Qurban Sulemani

      Dutar music

      • BBC recording on location.
  • Musician Haj Qurban Sulemani

    Musician Haj Qurban Sulemani talks about his life.

    Duration: 05:17

  • Music Played

    • Haj Qurban Sulemani

      Dutar music

      • BBC recording on location.
  • Music in the West of Iran

    Kayhan talks about music in the West of Iran

    Duration: 04:04

  • Music Played

    • Flute player

      name and title unknown

      • BBC recording on location.
  • Simon describes the Persian flute.

    Kayhan talks about the Persian flue and its use by shepherds.

    Duration: 06:05

  • Music Played

    • Flute player

      name and title unknown

      • BBC recording on location.
  • Meeting Chengis Medipour

    Simon is travelling across Tehran with Kayhan to meet Chengis Medipour.

    Duration: 05:09

  • Music Played

  • Listen to the Kopuz

    Listen to the Kopuz – a pear-shaped 9 string lute.

    Duration: 06:12

  • Music Played

  • Devotional Kurdish Music

    Devotional Kurdish Music on the Tanbur

    Duration: 05:01

  • Music Played

    • Mohammed Amedi

      Tanbur piece

      • BBC recording on location.
  • Playing the Tanbur

    The playing technique of the Tanbur

    Duration: 08:45

  • Music Played

    • Performer and title Unknown

      Tanbur

      • BBC recording on location.
    • Ali Akbar

      Praise to the Sun

      • BBC recording on location.
  • Playing the Kamanche

    Simon is south of Kurdistan in Lorestan and encounters the Kamanche

    Duration: 09:05

  • Music Played

    • Mohamad Bajlavand

      Kamanche piece

      • BBC recording on location.
    • Mohammed Bajlavand and Kayhan Kalhor

      – an improvised duet on Kamanche

      • BBC recording on location.

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