During the past five years, world music super-duo Ghazal—Shujaat Husain Khan, an expressive sitarist/vocalist from North India, and Iranian Kayhan Kalhor, a virtuoso of the kamancheh (a high-to

During the past five years, world music super-duo Ghazal—Shujaat Husain Khan, an expressive sitarist/vocalist from North India, and Iranian Kayhan Kalhor, a virtuoso of the kamancheh (a high-toned, spike-grounded fiddle)—has turned Western heads with a clutch of albums for Shanachie and several tours of the U.S. and Europe. These acclaimed efforts have been rewarded with the chance of wider exposure through art-house leader ECM, which offers this remixed concert recording from Swiss Radio as the group's label debut. "The Rain" showcases the same singular brand of Persian/Indian cross-pollination as the previous studio discs; yet the three intensely contemplative live performances are stoked with more improvisational fire. In October and November, Ghazal tours the U.S., which is sure to also garner attention for Khan's lovely solo disc of Indian folk songs, "Hawa Hawa," out Sept. 9 via World Village/Harmonia Mundi.—BB

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