Abdulrahman Surizehi with guests
Release concert with Abdulrahman Surizehi. With him on stage he brought Rostam Mirlashari on vocal, hardingfele by Anne Hytta, tabla by Master Elyas and poetry by Erling Kittelsen.
Abdul Rahman Surizehi is without dispute the grand maestro of the benju, a type of cittra from Balochistan. He regularly tours all over the world performing as a soloist as well as a member of various groups. Considered a living legend among music lovers of Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan and parts of India, he has also been rewarded with the prestigious German music award "Preis der Deutschen Schallplatten Kritik" and the Norwegian Folk Music prize in 2006.
Anne Hytta is a soloist as well as a member of various ensembles, such as the trio Slagr and British-based SYM. During the past few years, she has studied Balochi music with Abdulrahman Surizehi with whom she has performed in numerous concerts. The sympathetic strings of the Hardanger fiddle is a feature shared with the Balochi Soroud. When its sound is woven into Balochi music, unlike "cross-over", the resulting sound is traditional Balochi with a delightful, slightly exotic twist.
Rostam Mirlashari, sings traditional and modern music from Baluchistan, Iran. He is the lead singer of the group Padik, and has also founded and sings with the highly successful world music group Golbang, which has published four acclaimed albums to date.
Erling Kittelsen is a Norwegian poet and author.
26 February 2011