مشاهدة جميع الاصدارات : The Kamkars - Iranian Kurdish Ensemble

25-03-2006, 18:36
The Kâmkârs are probably the most renowned ensemble of Iranian Kurdish music. The play as a family ensemble and many of the members will play with other groups also.

The ensemble consists of seven brothers, one sister and her son:
Hooshang Kamkar - violin, composer, arranger
Bijan Kamkar - vocals, tar, robab, daf
Pashang Kamkar - santur, director of the group
Ghashang Kamkar - setar, violin
Arjang Kamkar - tombak
Arsalan Kamkar - barbat, violin, composer, arranger
Ardéshir Kamkar - kamancheh, composer
Ardavân Kamkar - santur
Omid Lotfi (son of Ghashang Kamkar) - tar

The pieces here are from the album "The Living Fire", published by Long Distance in 1995.
The first song is "Kolan bâ kolan" ("From Alley to Alley"): "A young man desperately in love follows his beloved along narrow country lanes, the Kolan bâ kolan of the title. Don't be shy, pull back the hair covering your cheek, place of a thousand desires. I will give up my live on condition that you let me see your face."
The second piece, "Maghâm Fâtemah", is derived from Mahur: "A young man, always alone, is in love. Beloved Fâtemah, your intoxicated eyes are full of the wine of love. Your movements are music, poetry, song. You are like a greek goddess."

25-03-2006, 21:57
one of my favourite ensembles ...:)

El Sayed Ibrahim
29-06-2006, 09:25
They are wunderfull, I saw them in Vienna fore about 5 years ago. It is the tradetional kurdish music and I like it to much.


04-07-2006, 19:26
Wow! You don't know how difficoult is to me to listen this music in my country!!!!!!
Thanks a lot!!!!

08-07-2006, 12:52
مرحبا للجميع جزيل الشكر على المقطوعات بحثت كثيرا عن معزوفات لكامكار وهذه المرة الاولى التي اجد بها شيئا لهم ولكن اتمنى ان اجد المزيد ز مع الشكر الجزيل.
thanks alot if u have more ples sent them all
thanks agin:)

30-12-2006, 03:03
اسمعوا يا أخوان
هذه اول مرّة اقتحم فيها باب الموسيقى الفارسية/ الكردية وانظروا ماذا حلّ بي ! لقد اخترت أن أستمع أول ما استمع الى هؤلاء الأخوة وقد شدّني أنهم سبعة أخوة وأختهم وابنها ، فماذا حصل لي ؟ لقد علق بي فنهم واستحوذ علي باستحواذية قسرية فصرت خلال ربع ساعة من أتباعهم . الآن قولوا لي من فضلكم أيا متخصصي الفن الفارسي/ الكردي : هل هذه استحواذية الجاهل الغرّ ، "كبدوي وفات على مدينة" ، أم أنهم بالفعل ممتازون ؟
ارجو كذلك التفضل علينا بمزيد من مقطوعاتهم أو أعلامنا كيف السبيل الى الحصول على المزيد من أقراصهم ان كانت متوفرة في الاسواق . واعذروا لي جهلي !

Dear friends
This is my first time in this thread & I am stunned by the Kamkar Bro. Pls. tell me : are they really good or it's me who's acting like a savage coming to the city for his first
time ?

Your friend Alfaraby

01-01-2007, 16:27
The Kamkars are really good - both in Persian classical music and in Kurdish folk tunes. This is definitely one of the best ensembles in Iran today.

02-01-2007, 12:48
indeed..they were my entry into the music of Iran..
أنا لست خبيرا في الموسيقى الفارسية لكن واضح هولاء موسيقيون على مستوى عال جدا وهم في الواقع كانوا مدخلي الى موسيقى ايران

04-01-2007, 00:35
AmbroseBierce said : The Kamkars are really good - both in Persian classical music and in Kurdish folk tunes. This is definitely
one of the best ensembles in Iran today

So tayyeb very good, do you have more of them , dear AmbroseBierce ?

04-01-2007, 00:54
هذه بضعة معلومات عن هذه العائلة المميزة


The Kamkars, a Kurdish family of seven brothers and a sister, are undeniably one of the leading musical ensembles in Iran today. Their repertoire ranges from the vast array of Kurdish music with its poignant, entrancing melodies and uplifting high energy rhythms to the traditional classical music of Iran. The repertoire of Kurdish music is richly diverse and deeply-rooted in the ancient history and culture of its proud and passionate people. It speaks of epic tales and wars, romantic love, and recounts ancient myths and stories of national and religious heroes, some of which date back to thousands of years to the time of the ancient Medes (the ancestors of the Kurds).

Hooshang Kamkar was born in 1947. He studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Tehran, the Sanat Chilipa Academy in Rome, and the University of San Francisco. He is a prolific composer, writer and translator. Among his best known compositions are, The Victory of Bahman, Marigold, God Ship Martyrs, Abidar's Springs and In Memory of Hafez.

Bijan Kamkar was born in 1949 and is the lead singer for the group. He also plays tar (http://www.kereshmeh.com/tar.html), robab, tombak (http://www.kereshmeh.com/tombak.html) and daf (http://www.kereshmeh.com/daf.html) - the Kurdish drum which he has introduced to the classical Iranian repertoire. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Fine Arts in Tehran.

Pashang Kamkar was born in 1951. He plays the santur (http://www.kereshmeh.com/santur.html), and is the conductor of for the group. In 1969 Pashang himself became a santur teacher at the Center Art and Culture in Sanandaj. He studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts and has worked with Sanandaj Radio. Pashang has composed a number of accomplished works, and is one of the founder members of "Shayda".

Ghashang Kamkar was born in 1953 and is the only female member of the "brothers" and plays the setar and the violin. She now teaches the setar (http://www.kereshmeh.com/setar.html) to the growing number of Iranian women who are interested in becoming musicians.

Arjang Kamkar was born in 1956. As a child he was interested in painting, and so came to Tehran in 1978 to study art at the Faculty of Fine Arts. As he lived in a family of musicians, he learned to play the Tombak (http://www.kereshmeh.com/tombak.html), which he played for many years as a member of the Art and Culture Orchestra of Sanandaj.

Arsalan Kamkar was born in 1960. He has played violin in the Tehran Symphony Orchestra, and is also an excellent barbat (http://www.kereshmeh.com/barbat.html) player. His compositions are regularly performed and include a symphony called The Story of My Father's Land, written with his brother Ardeshir.

Ardeshir Kamkar was born in 1962. He came to Tehran in 1980 and continued his study of traditional arrangements by Mohommed Reza Lotfi and his brother Pashang. Ardeshir has always been keen to explore the range and capabilities of the kamancheh (http://www.kereshmeh.com/kamancheh.html), for which he has written a number of pieces and books.

Ardavan Kamkar was born in 1968, and was taught to play the santur (http://www.kereshmeh.com/santur.html) by his father when he was only four years old. Throughout his childhood he belonged to numerous musical groups, and often appeared on local radio. After seventeen years of santur playing, Ardavan has invented a new technique, and is a gifted soloist and improviser. He has also written a number of pieces and technical
etudes for the santur.

مرفقة مقطوعة التقطتها من أحد المواقع

وبالامكان الاستماع الى بعض المقطوعات الاخرى على هذا الرابط ولكن ليس للتنزيل فان استطاع احدكم تسجيلها فليتفضّل وينفحنا بها

John Smoth
12-01-2007, 08:19
please please please post more of this beautiful songs by this group. Listening to them make you fly and reach the moon. Wonderful sound and music, please post more, I beg you post more.

12-01-2007, 19:45
More of the Kamkars? OK. Here are two songs from their 1999 Mariposa CD "Ethnic Music from Kurdistan" (MPCD 3052).

12-01-2007, 20:11
Another two samples from an album entitled "Kurdish Music Concert".

12-01-2007, 20:51
And finally two pieces from the 1996 Art House (Teheran) CD "Gol Neshan".

15-01-2007, 12:04
Thanks dear AmbroseBierce , wow !
I prefer their instrumentals rather than singing

It's a matter of taste & maybe for not understanding the lyrics

Thank you very much for this fortune


15-01-2007, 21:33
Thanks dear AmbroseBierce , wow !
I prefer their instrumentals rather than singing

It's a matter of taste & maybe for not understanding the lyrics

Thank you very much for this fortune

You're most welcome.

As for the Kamkars' singing, yes, I agree with you. They are instrumentalists, all of them, and their singing is OK for a background chorus, but nothing above that, whereas they are unsurpassed in Kurdish instrumental music.

John Smoth
18-01-2007, 03:43
AmbroseBierce, you are always the best. I don’t understand the words, but who cares, the mixture of the voices of the singers and the music make you live in another world. I wish you post more, these songs make you think how earth born and how the sky turns blue and how the mountains dressed in brown and white.

18-01-2007, 10:16
I wish you post more...

It is this forum's strict policy not to post more than one or two samples of CDs still available commercially. So as for the Kamkars I'm sorry, I brought here samples of all the albums I have. When I get another one, of course I'll add a song or two here.

As for other Kurdish music, very little of what I have heard until now is interesting for this forum - here we're not into folkloristic music. If you come across the names and music of other good Kurdish classical artists, please put info here. Shahram Nazeri of course is of Kurdish origin and sometimes records Kurdish music. I'll see if I find some representative pieces of his.