Music together


Classical, Improv, Instrumental, Traditional, World


Apr 22, 2020

Shahriyar Jamshidi, a Kurdish Kamanche (four-stringed-spiked-fiddle) player, composer, vocalist, founder of the Dilan Chamber Ensemble and member of Kamancello duo, is a graduate of Tehran University of Art and a former artist-in-residence at Banff Centre. Shahriyar has devoted his artistic career to the preservation and transmission of the Kurdish musical heritage. Also, he is well known for his creative and masterful kamanche improvisations, both as a soloist and in ensembles. Kamancello, comprised of Shahriyar jamshidi and Raphael Weinroth-Browne, is an East-meets-West duo whose music transcends genres and cultural boundaries. Their highly evocative improvised performances unite the Kurdish kamanche with the classical cello while traveling beyond both musical traditions. Their duo has made waves with performances at Montreal’s Place des Arts for Festival du Monde Arabe, the Tirgan Festival at Toronto’s Harbourfrount Centre, the Canadian Opera Company, the Aga Khan Museum’s concert series, and the Cello Biennale Amsterdam. In May 2019, Kamancello made their orchestral debut performing their own double concerto “Convergence Suite” with the Windsor Symphony Orchestra to an enthusiastic sold-out audience. Shahriyar has performed at numerous Iranian music venues including Roudaki Hall and had been invited for interviews and live performances on several channels including, Kurdistan TV and The Voice of America Kurdish. Since settling in Canada in 2012, Shahriyar has consistently sought new musical languages, thereby crossing cultures with his Kamanche recitals. He has already performed at, International Society for Improvised Music (ISIM), Switzerland and Canada, High-Fest, Armenia, Ontario Contact, 33rd World Conference of International Society for Music Education ISME, Azerbaijan, and University of Minneapolis School of Music, United State. His past released include four solo albums (Alvanati, Call of the Mountains, A Yellow Flower, and The Lullaby of A Nomad) as well as Meet Me In Tangier, Kamancello’s self-titled debut album, and Kamancello II: Voyage. In addition, Shahriyar has received awards from Canada Arts Council, International Society for Music Education ISME, SOCAN Foundation, Toronto Arts Council and Ontario Arts Council.