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A word about the music

Iran is the cradle of one of the oldest civilisations in the world and the discovery of some stone carvings in the southern Iranian province of Khoozestan dating back to some 5000 years ago (3000BC), clearly demonstrating a performance session by a vocalist accompanied by a harpist, a horn player and a percussionist in the presence of a king, places Persian music amongst the oldest music traditions of the world. Today the authentic music of Iran is categorised in to two general groups: classical repertoire and folk or regional. This is however just from an ethno musicological point of view. In reality the two are inherently integrated and interwoven. While in classical music repertoire melodic pieces (gooshehs) have been systematically arranged in modal systems (dastgahs), many of the melodic pieces themselves stem from the extremely rich maqam-based regional music of the country as a whole. Amongst the vast and rich array of regional music in Iran Kurdish tanbour Maqam music plays a central role in the country's music heritage.