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Kayhan Kalhour set to headline 'International Music Festival' / San Antonio Magazine Q&A

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Kayhan Kalhour knows life will always involve the mundane-bills, dishes, work-which is why the Grammy Award–nominated musician says music and culture are so crucial. "Some of us will be professional musicians and some will be professional listeners, but music is so important in this world that we live in," says Kalhour, who will perform on Friday, March 22, as part of Musical Bridges Around the World's five-concert International Music Festival. "Culture is the only thing that's worthwhile. A world without art and culture would be meaningless."

The Iranian-born musician and composer began playing the kamancheh, which is a four-stringed upright spiked fiddle, as a young boy and now performs around the world. The festival also will feature American jazz trumpet player Tom Harrell, Japanese drum and flute player Kaoru Watanabe and others. Concerts are scheduled Friday through Sunday, March 24 at the Empire Theatre and San Fernando Cathedral. Kalhour chatted with us about the concert.

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