It would not be an exaggeration to say that 30 years ago, classical Persian music had come very close to the brinks of extinction by neglect, marginalization and a disconnect with a generation who would have been required to innovate and carry it forward.
However, powerful social upheavals turned the tide, and interest in classical Persian music education markedly intensified in Iran after the Islamic revolution.
Fortunately for those who care about this ancient musical form, the music found a new ground instead of disappearing from its traditional base.
Last year, about this time, I wrote about the masters of classical Persian music, focusing on Keyhan Kalhor.
The photo of Kalhor I had used was from a program at Cleveland and the link was broken. Someone who had read the blog entry left a comment. I noticed the broken link for the n-th time and tried to find a new photo of Kalhor, and then ran into Simorgh, what appears to be an active, self-sustaining classical Persian music cooperative of young students and musicians in the U.K.
They have an interesting story and a very neat homepage.
I wish Simorgh well —