About CPCM

Persian classical music

Persian classical music dates back to the fifth century B.C. The Achamanide empire used music in prayer, royal festivities, national ceremonies, and war. The music is rich in structure, comprising melodic tones combined with a bounty of colorful rhythms. At the time of the Sassanid dynasty (100-630 A.D.), the music reaches its culmination with the Royal ensemble performing songs by Barbod and Nakisa (the two renown Iranian musicians) in a 100 piece orchestra.

In the next millennium or so, the music comes under pressure from the fanatics in the religious circles and goes underground. During this long period, the theoretical aspects of the Iranian music continues flourishing while the practical part is virtually nonexistent. It is only in modern era in which the Persian music revives in its full capacity.


The Center for Persian Classical Music (CPCM) is a training institution for the Iranian traditional and folk music. In addition to teaching music, the Center addresses a wide spectrum of the norms, traditions, customs, and values of the Iranian culture. By teaching Sufism and Irfan, the two linchpins of the Iranian thought and philosophy, the Center provides the opportunities for the participants to develop the mental capabilities necessary for coping with the stresses imposed by the anomalies of the technological age. CPCM also devotes its activities to performing concerts, publishing books, producing musical audios and videos, newsletters, art exhibitions, and Persian handicrafts.

Biography. Nader Majd.

CPCM is managed and run by Nader Majd. Born in Iran in 1944, Nader is an Iranian musician and scholar. He has been studying and performing music since his childhood. He learned music, both theory and practice, from his father and uncles who were dedicated musicians. Nader specializes in playing and teaching the Tar, Setar, Santur, Violin, and Vocal. He has participated in many concerts and TV shows in Iran and abroad, produced a number of audio and video tapes, and taught music in the USA for the past ten years.