Hassan Elgharbi

Enchanted Kanun

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Elgharbi, Tunisia's leading player of the kanun zither, is a major virtuoso. In 1976 he won the grand prize at Iran's prestigious Shiraz Music Festival. Here he plays the piece that gained him the prize, along with various other improvisations on traditional modes and personal compositions (one backed by a bassist!). The CD winds up with a couple of recordings by an Egyptian virtuoso of the early 20th century.