The Mahoor Institute of Culture and Art was founded in 1987 to produce and promote works of and on music.
Up until now it has released more than 500 CDs, as well as 200 books and pamphlets on music.
Mahoor is primarily concerned with classical Persian music and Iranian regional music from
scholarly and pedagogical perspectives. The repertoires of both types of music are vast, and Mahoor's publications have been acclaimed as original and invaluable by many scholars and musicologists.
The Encyclopaedia of the Musical Instruments of Iran , vols. 1 and 2, is probably the most extended study in the field of Iranian music. The first volume discusses the chordophones in regional music of Iran. More than 200 informants, music masters, artists, scholars, photographers, sound recordists,
guides, assistants and others have contributed to this voluminous work, whose compilation,investigation and preparation spanned a period of nearly two decades. Membranophones and idiophones are described in the second volume.
The Persian Music Heritage is a series of rare and hard to find recordings made by some of the most prominent Ostad (masters) of Persian classical music in the previous century. It now includes more than 20 titles encompassing masterpieces by Eqbal Azar, Taherzadeh, Yusef Forutan, Mirzâ
Hoseyn-Qoli, Darvish Khan and others. Mahoor has also published recordings of the radif (the repertoire of melodic and rhythmic models) by such masters as Davâmi, Karimi, Neydâvud, Aqa Hoseyn-Qoli, Shahnâzi, Fakhâm al-Dowle Behzâdi, Hormozi, Forutan, and Adib-e Khansari.
The collection Regional Music of Iran (33 CDs issued to date) features anthologies of the music of Mâzanderân, Tâlesh, and other regions as well as discs devoted entirely to one or two masters from Northern Khorâsân or East Azerbaijan. Other titles in the series are Qalandari Music of Balochistan and Samâ : Music from Kermânshâhân.
The Tales of Ferdowsi's Shahnameh (Book of Kings): Rostam and Sohrab aim to introduce Iranians and non-Iranians alike to one of the greatest epics of all time. The tales are selected, recited and interpreted by the late Dr. Mohammad-Ja'far Mahjub, an eminent scholar and man of letters. In the same series, The Tales of Nezami Ganjavi, Attar's Conference of the Birds , Hafez's Ghazals and Sa'di's Bustân are also been released.
The past century witnessed major changes in Persian classical music. Mahoor has released a series of priceless recording of tar (2 CDs), setar (2 CDs), santur (1 CD) and also on the art of singing avaz(3 CDs). Also available are manuals by leading masters for students of târ, setâr, and tombak.
Mahoor Music Quarterly (nos. 1-52, the latest issue dated Summer 2011), the leading Persian journal of music scholarship, offers contributions by prominent Iranian music scholars treating the issues currently under discussion in Iranian musical life. It is a collection of different scholarly
articles, viewpoints and reports written by our collaborators, and correspondents in various fields of music scholarship.