Kamancello, comprised of Shahriyar Jamshidi, kamanche and Raphael Weinroth-Browne, cello, is an East-meets-West duo that blurs musical genre conventions and cultural boundaries with their highly evocative improvised performances. The scope of their creations ranges from soulful and emotive to incendiary and intense, and their sound has been described as being “totally entrancing.” Having made waves with performances at Montreal’s Place des Arts for Festival du Monde Arabe, Toronto’s Tirgan Festivel and Small World Music Centre.
A Kurdish Iranian Kamanche player, composer, vocalist, founder of the Dilan Chamber Ensemble. 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. He is also well known as a creative Kurdish Kamanche improviser.
Cellist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer, he is rapidly making a name for himself as an exceptionally versatile musician both in Canada and internationally. A graduate of Toronto’s Glenn Gould School and a former artist-in-residence at The Banff Centre, Raphael combines polished classical technique with daring improvisation and his own unique compositional language.