In the field of Asian Australian studies, questions recur around the production, reception, performance, resistance and negotiation of cultural identities. Implicit in these questions has been a concern with modes of sociability - how culturally marked groups have engaged with each other and how people have negotiated the strictures of racist histories to alter those histories frameworks and enable new, sociable forms of marking time and recording history. This article focuses on some of the modes of sociability and solidarity that emerge in contexts of Asian Australian music cultures. It concentrates especially on music cultures with Iranian Australian links and examines some diverse examples of music, attitudes and practices in this context. (c) 2014 Taylor Francis.