Teaching Passion

Photo essay: Setar Master Kourosh Taghavi

by Nazy Kaviani

He was a UCLA pre-med student the day he fell in love with the setar and left college to pursue Persian music, the instrument, and the Persian music masters that would together turn him into an accomplished musician, a gifted composer, and a passionate teacher. Today, Kourosh Taghavi not only composes and performs beautiful music with his musical ensemble Namaad, he teaches and trains many musicians in California. I went to see Kourosh during one of his monthly trips to Berkeley, where he teaches several students. I would like to share my talk with this remarkable man with you. If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, don’t miss the upcoming performance of Setar Ensemble’s Shahrâshoob Concert on Saturday, August 13, 2011, at Santa Clara University Recital Hall (Tickets). Support Kourosh and his students and their passion to keep traditional Persian music alive and thriving among our youth. (Concert Photos By Neda Motamedi)


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Thank you!

by Nazy Kaviani on

Thank you dear, beautiful friends for your kind comments. I would like to present you all with a piece of music performed by Kourosh Taghavi, Pejman Haddadi, and Saeed Kamjoo in return. Thank you again and enjoy!

Alahazrat Hajagha

Thanks Nazy jan for superb work

by Alahazrat Hajagha on

I won't miss out this concert Saturday night. Got my ticket already!

Multiple Personality Disorder

I have met Kourosh Taghavi, he is an impressive musician

by Multiple Personality Disorder on

The story about how he decided to change the path of his life is very touching.  I am planning to go to the concert with some friends.  It should be a great night.  Your photo essay is great and the pictures are very interesting.

Anahid Hojjati

Thanks Nazy jan for writing about Mr Kourosh Taghavi

by Anahid Hojjati on


 You wrote that he composes music for Namaad. I attended Namaad concert couple years ago in Berkeley and bought their CD (Osyaan). There was a song based on a Kasraie poem that I absolutely loved.  For a while, I would listen to that song repeatedly. Thanks for reminding me of that. Any one who composes for that great group has to be talented.

Esfand Aashena

Setars are becoming more and more popular.

by Esfand Aashena on

Setars are relatively inexpensive musical instruments.  I know many of them can be very expensive upwards to $1000 and beyond but in Iran you can buy one for about $30 - $50 and I know many families let their children learn Setar.

It sounds very nice and not intimidating, welcoming.  I wish I could attend one of his classes.  Better yet I wish he had some setar lessons he could put on internet! 

Nice pictures and story!

Everything is sacred


Thank you dear Nazy

by Souri on

For introducing this great composer and teacher. I am very proud of Mr Taghavi who is trying to teach and introduce the Persian music to the West. Fortunately I will be there next week and will absolutely attend his concert on 13. I am very excited about that.

Wishing Mr Taghavi a very succesful career,