Category Archive: Sunday Spotlight on the Non-Western Cello

Sunday Spotlight on the Non-Western Cello: Kurosh Ali Khan and the Cello in Persian Music

I just wanted to post a brief Sunday Spotlight as I spent the afternoon/early evening seeing the LA Phil Live at the Cinema earlier today and I’m still gathering my thoughts about the… Continue reading

Sunday Spotlight on the Non-Western Cello: Anup Biswas, the Cello in India, and Bollywood

This installment of the Sunday Spotlight on the Non-Western Cello will be a bit more personal than those in the past. I know I’ve been terrible the past couple of months about blogging,… Continue reading

Sunday Spotlight on the Non-Western Cello: The Cello in Arabic Orchestras

This week’s installment of the Sunday Spotlight on the Non-Western Cello will focus on the cello in Arabic Orchestras. Stringed instruments have long been part of Middle Eastern art ensembles.  Whether the kamancheh,… Continue reading

Sunday Spotlight on the Non-Western Cello: Chinese Cellos

In China, there have been many attempts at creating variations on the cello (and bass) to fill out the string section of traditional Chinese Orchestras.  The èrhú (二胡), an ancient instrument that likely… Continue reading

Sunday Spotlight on the Non-Western Cello: Markos Sifnios, Marika Papagika and the Greek Cello

I wish I had more information about Markos Sifnios, but as there is only been a recent resurgence of interest in his collaborator Marika Papagika and I’m not in a position to be… Continue reading

Sunday Spotlight on the Non-Western Cello: “What If the Cello had Originated in Azerbaijan?”

For the Silk Road Ensemble musicians, hearing the ethereal voice of Azerbaijani mugham singer Alim Qasimov put their years of conservatory training into serious question.  As they delved into the mugham, they each… Continue reading

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