Amir Hosein Pourjavady


Music of Persia Ensemble


Music of Persian-speaking world, Iran, Afghanistan, Central Asia; history of music in Islamic lands, Turkey, Arab world, Mughal India; classical Persian music, performance practice, radif, improvisation, song-text collections.

Ph.D. Near Eastern Languages and Culture, UCLA; M.Phil. Ethnomusicology, CUNY Graduate Center; B.A. Music, University of Tehran.

Amir Hosein Pourjavady was assistant professor of music at the University of Tehran for eight years (2005-2013). He wrote his dissertation on music of Iran during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and has published extensively on the history, theory and performance practice of music in the Middle East and Central Asia. He served as music editor of the Grand Encyclopedia of Islam and Mahoor Music Quarterly for several years. His publication includes a book, several editions of old Persian treatises on music as well as liner notes and encyclopedia articles.

Pourjavady studied the setar, vocal music and the radif (classical repertoire) of Persian music with Dariush Safvat, Hossein Alizadeh, Dariush Talai and Hatam Asgari for more than ten years. He has recorded the album Six Songs from the Qajar Period and has performed with many of the most influential musicians in Iran, Europe and United States.