The Chakavak Ensemble was formed in 1987 by Shahla Nikfal (qanun) and Bahram Sadeghian (vocals) to advocate and offer an understanding of traditional Persian music to the tri-state area. Over the next few years, the ensemble grew with the addition of Paul Aljian (daf) and Khashyar Negit (zarb).
Today, the ensemble has grown more successful than ever. Boasting performances in New York City's Town Hall and Carnegie Hall, the ensemble has contributed significantly to the Persian music culture on the East Coast. It has also worked extensively with the World Music Institute, the Metropolitan Museum, and the American Museum of Natural History to create programming that showcases and teaches audiences about traditional Persian culture and music, among many other venues.
The Chakavak Ensemble has also contributed to and performed in several educational workshops at universities across the United States.
Today, the ensemble continues to advocate and illustrate to audiences the beauty that lies within traditional Persian music. The ensemble is based out of New York, New York.