In conjunction with the exhibition Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road, musicians from the Silk Road Ensemble are in residence at the Getty to create pop-up musical performances inspired by the art and replica caves on view.

In this video filmed inside Dunhuang replica Cave 285, musician and composer Kayhan Kalhor plays the kamancheh (long-necked fiddle) and reflects on the parallel spiritual concepts he sees depicted in the caves and in the religions of Persia.

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[Kamancheh music plays throughout]

Kayhan Kalhor: I think this room appealed to me more than the others in a way because of the relationship of the three worlds that is depicted here.

[Kamancheh music continues]

The underworld, the present, and the spiritual...

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