Please note: This concert is in the past and has already taken place.


National Centre for Early Music
St Margaret's Church



VariousImprovisations of lute and oriental percussion


Thomas Dunford – lute
Keyvan Chemirani – percussion

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Programme Note

Keyvan Chemirani and Thomas Dunford have grown in differing but equally demanding musical traditions. For Thomas, a regular visitor to the Festival, it was European early music, while for Keyvan – making his UK debut – it was the science of Persian percussion and Oriental modality. Taking the themes of ancient music and original compositions steeped in oriental perfumes, they reinvent traditions with delicacy and refinement to create pieces that alternate the sober and profound with spirited flights, blending virtuosity, improvisation, freshness and fun.

“The musicians alternated solos with duos in breath-taking flights of fantasy, never seeming to run out of new sound possibilities” The Washington Post

Keyvan Chemirani zarb, percussion Thomas Dunford lute

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