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Director of Indo-Persian Music

Department of Ethnomusicology

The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music

Ethnomusicologist, Historian.
Area of interest:
Musical cultures of Iran (Persia)
History of music in Iran and the Middle East.

Recording industry in non-Western cultures.


PhD, Musicology (2017), Utrecht University, the Netherlands.

MA, History (2006), University of Tehran, Iran.

BA, Music (2002), University of Tehran, Iran.

Other Publications


2018: The Treatise on the Seven Dastgah of Iranian Music. Tehran: Miras Maktoob.

2017: Modal Modernities: Formations of Persian Classical Music and the Recording of a National Tradition (Ph.D. Dissertation)
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2015: Musical Souvenirs: European Transcriptions of Persian Music (1600–1910). Tehran: Mahoor. (In English and Persian; Certificate of Merit in the 2016 Musicians Guild of Iran Biannual Award for Best Book in Research)

2007: The Gramophone Company’s Persian Recordings, 1899 to 1934. Persian Edition in collaboration with Michael Kinnear. Tehran: Society for the Appreciation of Cultural Works and Dignitaries.

English Articles:

2022: (with Ershad Vaeztehrani) “Marche Triomphale: Rediscovering History through Uncovering Archival Sources.” Iranian Studies. Special Issue: Persianate Pasts; National Presents: Persian Literary and Cultural Production in the Twentieth Century.

2021: “Naqqareh-khaneh: Sonic Time Signifier.” Guest blogpost for Sonic Tehran Project. Edited by Laudan Nooshin.

2020  “The Bird of Dawn: An Iranian Jewish Musician in L.A.” In 100 Years of Sephardic Los Angeles, edited by Sarah Abrevaya Stein and Caroline Luce. Los Angeles: UCLA Leve Center for Jewish Studies.

2016: “Chef de Musique or Chef de Macaroni: The Twisted History of the European Military Music in Persia.” Rivista Italiana di Musicologia (Journal of the Italian Society of Musicology). V 51, 51-88.

2010: “Persian Records by the Lindström Company: Triangle of Political Relationships, Local Agents and Recording Company.” In The Lindström Project, Contributions to the history of the record industry, Beiträge zur Geschichte der Schallplattenindustrie. Eds. Pekka Gronow, Christiane Hofer. Wien: Gesellschaft für Historische Tonträger. pp 121-8.

2006: “Qand-i Pārsī: An Introduction to Twenty Persian Texts on Indo-Persian Music.” Journal of the Indian Musicological Society. V 36-37, 40-60.

Multimedia projects:

2022: Avanegar: The History of Music Transcription in Iran. In collaboration with Behrouz Jamali. Washington D.C.: Dimension Media Production.

2014: Let No One Judge You: Early Recordings From Iran, 1906-1933. London: Honest Jon’s Records.

2013  Basteh-Negar: Early Recordings by Iranian Female Singers. A collaboration with Fateme Ahmadi. London: BBC (Persian Service).

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