In Memory of 

Mohammad Reza Shajarian

HD Video Stream of Kayhan Kalhor and his ensemble live from Kashan, Iran in celebration of  Iran's

renowned vocalist.

Available to commission for
premiere streaming during
Nowruz (Iranian New Year)
March 20 - April 3, 2021
Kayhan Kalhor is an internationally acclaimed virtuoso on the kamancheh (spiked fiddle), who through his many musical collaborations has been instrumental in popularizing Persian around the world and is a creative force in today’s music scene. His performances of traditional Persian music and multiple collaborations have attracted audiences around the globe. He has studied the music of Iran’s many regions, in particular those of Khorason and Kordestan, and has toured the world as a soloist with various ensembles and orchestras including the New York Philharmonic and the Orchestre National de Lyon. He is co-founder of the renowned ensembles Dastan and Masters of Persian Music. Kalhor has composed works for Iran’s most renowned vocalists Mohammad Reza Shajarian and Shahram Nazeri and has also performed and recorded with Iran’s greatest instrumentalists.

Throughout their history together, Kayhan wrote many pieces for Shajarian. And so to honor his friend, he did so in the best way he knew how: composing new music in his memory. Lost In the Desert Sky will include all new music composed by Kalhor, and performed by his ensemble, in remembrance of Shajarian.  The film will also introduce the remarkable young vocalist Hadi Hosseini, who studied with Shajarian, and who may well carry on Shajarian’s legacy. This will mark one of Hosseini’s rare concert performances and his first outside of Iran.


Kalhor has a long, storied history with Shajarian - from their first album together Night Silence Desert to their acclaimed Masters of Persian Music tours. It is this deep love and admiration that inspired Kalhor to create this homage to his friend and collaborator. The concert takes place in the exquisite Mahinistan Palace, a 200 year old architecturally sublime historic locale in Kashan, an ancient desert city and an important stop on the silk road which is full of history. Intertwined with the concert is spectacular footage of the daily life, landscape and culture of this beautiful desert city as a way to give viewers a glimpse into Iran.

Confirmed Film Commissioners, Territories & Stream Dates

Royal Conservatory of Music Toronto & Tirgan Festival

Ontario, Canada | March 20 & 21


Brookfield Place

New York/New Jersey | March 22 & 23  


Farhang Foundation

Southern California | March 27 & 28 


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