Kamancheh is one of the oldest stringed instruments in Iran and the middle east. It is evolved type of Robab. The Kamancheh also is called (Persian: کمانچه,) (kamānche or kamāncha) (Azerbaijani: Kamança, Kurdish: کەمانچە, Kemançe).
Kamancheh has a round bowl and a long neck. It has four strings, and like guitar and violin, it tuns with the tuning peg. The bow with which the Kamancheh is played is called the Kaman, and it is the same as it has been replaced by the French word “archet,” meaning small bow, in the violin. The Kamancheh bowls’ shapes and sizes are not fixed and standard yet. The bowls are made of spherical or squeeze cones shape. There is a type of Kamancheh with an open back of the bowl. This type of Kamancheh often makes and plays in the center of Iran and Lorestan.
These Kamanchehs have a solid and clear sound, and because they have a light bowl, it is easier to perform parts that require the Kamancheh to spin quickly.
These Kamanchehs used to have three strings, but these days they gradually have four strings. Open back fiddles are usually made of mulberry wood in one piece.
Traditional Iranian fiddle bowls are usually made of pieces of wood stacked side by side. These pieces of wood are made from 12 pieces to 80 pieces or more.
Kamancheh is one of the main instruments of Middle Eastern music, and the role of the Kamancheh in solo and group playing is significant. The combination of the sounds of several fiddles played together is similar to the sound of a string orchestra in western music. Although the sound of the Kamancheh is a bit nasal sound, this sound is very close to Iranian culture and music.
(Persian: کورش بابایی, born 1971 in Abadan, Iran ) is an Iranian musician, Kamancheh player, composer, music instructor and performer of classical & traditional music. He started music at age 12 & passed a course with Ardeshir Kamkar after a few years he was collaborating with him and his band,(Aref) Kourosh has always been known for his techniques and specific taste. Babaei has played with several famous and great Iranian traditional musicians such as Faramarz Payvar, Parviz Meshkatian, Hooshang Zarif… Babaei is one of the Iranian musician pioneers who tried to bring new ideas and started focusing on fusion style of music. He believes that each region’s music has it’s own words that should makes it simple to the others who is looking to get more knowledge about region’s music. Two of his recent projects in Babaei recently moved to Toronto to explore and expand more of his music there. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Artistic Director 2016-Present Borderless Band Producer / Recording & Mixing Engineer 2013-Present Composer 2018 Album: Tiba 2018 Album: Borderless Collaboration in album: 2017 Album: Gypsy 2016 Album: The noises of silence SELECTED Projects Recordings Tehran Parsi Project with Alain Brunet, Gerome Regard, Manhu Roche, Morteza Esmaili, Shahin During & Alex Simu The garden of Silents project with Bjorn Meyer, Azita Hamidi I would Love to invite you following me on Spotify, Sound Cloud, iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Pandora.
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Tiba is my daughter’s name and I wrote this music for her. I played Tarhou in this song.
This peace wrote for Kamancheh and persian ensemble. This mood called “Bayat Tork”
This Song called “Shano” I selected part of middle of the song.
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