Karen Keyhani - .​.​.​and His Cuff was Damp with Tears

from by Various Artists



"and His Cuff Was Damped with Tears..." (for Persian String Quartet) was composed in 2009 inspired by Ahmad Shamloo (1925-2000) in his poem "Said the Canary".

Chahargan ensemble:
Ehsan Zabihifar: kamancheh I
Morteza Mokhtari: kamancheh II
Shima Shahmohammadi: alto gheychak
Bita Ghasemi: bass gheychak

Apart from the stunning sonic quality of the Persian string quartet in terms of timbre and microtonal potentials, what attracted my attention was the idea of experimenting in the realm of contemporary music in its style and techniques in writing specifically for Persian instruments.

The piece is dedicated to Chahargan Ensemble and was premiered in Roudaki Hall October 2012.

“The hollow, sad look in her eyes, few seconds before they burst into tears, never left my sight throughout the movement” the composer recalls.



from Possible Worlds Vol. 2, released November 16, 2013




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