Hafez Modir aka Modirzadeh
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Hafez Modir aka Modirzadeh


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"Hafez Modirzadeh"

"Saxophonist Hafiz Modirzadeh is unlike any other player or composer out there. His relationship to the musical whole on his recordings is an approach that carries within it a host of contradictions, especially as it engages Eastern modalism and European chromaticism. This set, which is earmarked by the truly lovely "Tetrapath: Music," (which earmarks the entire proceeding) is a concept on the union of these two pursuits and how they play out, not only in jazz and improvised music, but in the languages folk musics, and how they inform and engage one another through the general vision of cultures and the particular gaze of musicians. His quintet that includes drummer Royal Hartigan, guitarist Timothy Volpicella, bassist Ken Filiano, and guests such as Ramin Zoufonon on piano and Sharam Kazemi on dumbek, is well versed in the spatial orientation of Modirzadeh's composition and approach to the inclusion of improvisation. This is not that far outside the realm of Ornette Coleman's harmolodics, and the artist was certainly influenced by it, but the individual solos matter less here, and pace -- with its restrained use of tension and ballast -- is emphasized more. Also, the texture of each instrument as it is drawn into the discourse of the group and extends itself in solo is of primary importance. This is a two-act work, which covers so much ground it's dizzying by the end. However, Modirzadeh does so in such a lyrical and sensuous way, and it becomes a joy to have been overwhelmed by such a singular work of art. This man is a composer to watch. "-Thom Jurek, All Music Guide - All Music Guide

"Hafez Modirzadeh"

"I believe Hafez Modirzadeh has something important to say... exceptionally inspired and worthwhile... Modirzadeh has excellent and attractive style... he sounds beautiful, floating, lyrical, dynamic..."
-Kim Richmond - Jazz Player Magazine

"In Chromodal Discourse"

"Hafez Modirzadeh's In Chromodal Discourse draws from a variety of traditions towards a conceptual end, with decidedly cross-cultural results." - Josef Woodard - Jazz Times


improvized jazz of an extraordinary nature...important music here, deserving to be exposed to a broad spectrum of jazz listeners...fresh and valid...exceptionally inspired ---Jazz Player Magazine

intelligent...highly emotional, creative, and conceptual---Jazz Times

...explores movingly on tenor sax in a searching style, with modal, eastern-based concepts of the type that influenced Coltrane. Through it all, Modirzadeh displays a ...personal synthesis of jazz and folkloric styles that is worth hearing.---Jazz Times

complex and fascinating...what jazz would have sounded like if it continued to move East with the same earnestness that marked Trane's final years---Option Magazine

extremely original...not very commercial---SF Examiner & Chronicle

soulful saxophone and an eclectic world view---Rhythm Magazine

strong performance; clear and crisp sound---Wire Magazine

gifte, eclectic post-bop interpreter---Metro Weekly

evocative, elaborate renditions---Asian Week

a communicative improvisor---The Daily Californian

both lyrical and swinging---Monterey Peninsula Review

application of near eastern tonalities adds interesting color, texture and ideas to his solos. ---Soul Note Records - Various


Hafez Modirzadeh"Bemsha Alegria" (Disques Chromodal 005) 2007

ZAMAN 8 & Hafez Modir "Suryaghati EP1" (Six Degrees Records) 2007

Hafez Modir Quartet “Dandelion” (Disques Chromodal 004) 2003

Hafez Modirzadeh “By Any Mode Necessary (Chromodal Records, X-Dot 25 Music) 1999

Hafez Modirzadeh and Ramin Zoufonoun “The Mystery of Sama” (Asian Improv) 1998

Hafez Modirzadeh “The Peoples’ Blues” (X-Dot 25 Music Productions) 1996

Hafez Modirzadeh “In Chromodal Discourse” (Asian Improv) (XDOT25 1996 reissue) 1993



HAFEZ MODIRZADEH (woodwinds and flutes) has published and recorded extensively on an original cross-cultural musical approach he terms "chromodal", from which he received a Ph.D. from Wesleyan University, and lectures on internationally. Hafez' horn playing is deeply rooted in the legacy of African-American musical traditions, yet is also compelled by his Persian heritage. Hafez creates melodies that adapt Middle Eastern and African-American sources into an intelligent and most original melodic conception. His invention of the "chromodal" method allows for a nonlinear improvisational practice that is able to adapt to and incorporate multiple systems of music, permitting a cross-cultural "conversation."

Twice an NEA Jazz Fellow ('89, '91), Modir was granted a Fulbright to work with Gnawan and Flamenco musicians in Morocco and Andalucia, in 2005-06, which resulted in his latest CD, "Bemsha Alegria" (available on Disques Chromodal, at www.hafezmodir.com). Currently a full-time faculty at San Francisco State University, Dr. Modirzadeh directs the World Music and Dance Program and has performed with Don Cherry, Zakir Hussein, Steve Lacy, Oliver Lake, James Newton, Leo Smith, Omar Sosa, and many Asian and Asian American musical artists such as Fred Ho, Liu Chi Chao, Danongan Kalanduyan, Mark Izu, Anthony Brown, Akira Tana, and Kenny Endo.

Contact: Sanaz Ebriani
Phone: 415-407-2630
Email: sanaz7@gmail.com