The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music cultivates models for musical studies that integrate exemplary scholarship and practices and engage through music with diverse communities on campus, throughout Los Angeles, and beyond.
The Iranian community around Los Angeles, the largest outside of Iran, was reintroduced to Iranian music after a two-decade hiatus at UCLA. In 2016, instructor Amir Hosein Pourjavady returned to UCLA. Working with The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Department of Ethnomusicology, he revived the Persian Music Ensemble and related seminars.
The Persian Music Ensemble led by co-directors Amir Hosein Pourjavady, Mehrdad Arabifard, and Pejman Hadadi, focuses on the performance of Persian classical music, including the radif and tasnifs (vocal repertoire). In an oral-aural manner, the group class attempts to emphasize the indigenous terminology, mnemonic devices, and musical concepts used in a traditional context.