Want to Hear the World's Best Persian Classical Music? Go to Vancouver.

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The sounds of Persian classical music may conjure glittering minarets and desert landscapes, but some of the genreā€™s leading musicians now live amid views of snow-capped mountains and northern lights. The Walrus (Jan.-Feb. 2009) reports that Vancouver, Canada, has become a hub for the music as thousands of Iranians have resettled there in the past decade.

Among them is Mohammad Reza Shajarian, whom many consider to be the best Persian classical singer in the world. Another musician, Hossein Behroozinia, has established the Nava Art Centre, an academy that promotes traditional Persian music and poetry, which go hand in hand as lyrics are often drawn from ancient poems.