The other week I had a nice rehearsal with a group developing a show called "The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam"
Siroos Alavi (oud/vocal), Donald Hall (harp), Cieavash Arean (various vocal and instruments), Dania Cornelius (poetry recitation, opera singing)
Here's the blurb from their recent show:
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, the eleventh century Persian masterpiece, will be presented by a quartet of performers from both Iran and Australia, these being Cieavash Arean and Siroos Alavi, both with extensive performance experience in both Iran and Australia, opera singer Dania Cornelius, recently returned from performing in Germany, and Donald Hall. The instruments included in this performance, which follows the traditional recitation of verse accompanied by a musical ensemble, are santour, (hammered dulcimer), tar (mandolin), oud (lute), Komanche, (violin), ney, (reed flute), daff, (large tambourine), tombek (finger drum) and chromatic harp.
This group is the only ensemble in the entire world where you will hear the original lineup of classical Persian instrumentation.
Hopefully I will be able to play with them again as they are looking to put the show on around the place and include myself on percussion.