Primary Instrument: Saxophone
HAFEZ MODIRZADEH (aka Hafez Modir - 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....
Tracks: Bemsha Alegria I; Blues Seguiriya - tenor trio; Tunisia Buleria; Flowing Solea; Bemsha Alegria II; Tangos Mysterioso - for Rachel; Blood Tones; Tabriz; Bemsha Alegria II; Goodbye Solea; Blue Seguirya - piano trio; Taranta; Martinete del Turry; Karna; TunuT; Bemsha Alegria IV.
Personnel: Hafez Modirzadeh - tenor & soprano saxophones, karna and chains; Pancho Branas - drums, cajon, percussion; Juan Masana - electric bass; Jesus Hernandez - piano; Antonio “El Turry” Gomez - vocals, hammer, hand-claps.
Global Phatness w/ Hafez Modir: Suryaghati
Tracks: Rahu; Sani; Sukra; Brhaspati; Mangala; Surya; Candra; Ketu; Budha.
Personnel: Hafez Modir - tenor, alto, soprano saxophones, ney, alto clarinet, piccolo, karna, shenai, suling, atenteben; Dan Newman - electric and acoustic guitars, saz, banjo, electric bass, percussion and editing/production.
GUEST PERFORMERS ON SURYAGHATI: Sanaz Ebriani - vocals on Mangala and Surya and editing/production; Dhruva Ganesen (Dhamaal) - doumbek on Rahu; royal hartigan - trap drumset on Candra and Budha.
Tracks: All Got Rhythm; Babylon; Maqam X; Chelsea Bridge (Strayhorn); Safa; Stairway to the Stars (Malneck); Mystique Pratique; Erfan; Tag; When Night Withers Away; Dandelion; Now’s the Time (Parker).
Personnel: Hafez Modirzadeh - tenor saxophone, voice; Art Hirahara - piano; John Wiitala - bass; Akira Tana - drums; w guests: Baomi Butts-Bhanji - vocals on “When Night Withers Away” & “Dandelion”; Masaru Koga - alto saxophone on “Now’s The Time”.
BR>By Any Mode Necessary!
Tracks: Invitation; Nowhere Revisited; Dearly Beloved; Our Fathers Mothers; Wise Sisters Rise; Some Other’s Brothers; Mothers Reprise/Karna Segue; The Calling; Rumblings; Offerings; Burial Dirge; Eternal Soul.
Personnel: Hafez Modirzadeh - tenor & soprano saxophones, flute, karna choir, percussion; royal hartigan - drums, percussion (8-12); Dan Sabanovich- drums (1,3); Wally Schnalle - drums (3); Bob Adams - bass (3); John Shifflett - bass (1,2); Murray Low - piano (2); Nima Rezai - composer, chapman stick and effects (4-7); Ramin Zoufonoun - piano (4-7); Darius Minaee - drums (4-7).
The Mystery of Sama
Asian Improv Records
Tracks: Oh Shams - Prologue; Rise - Instrumental Opening; Particles - Shams’ Arrival; Beloved - Meeting Rumi; Where… - Shams’ Vanishing; I Stand Up - Rumi’s Enlightenment; Dance - Epilogue; Essence - Instrumental Closing; Ruminations - Part I; Ruminations - Part II; Ruminations - Part III; Ruminations - Part IV.
Personnel: Hafez Modirzadeh - tenor & soprano saxophones; Ramin Zoufonoun - persian-tuned piano; royal hartigan - drums; Baomi Butts-Bhanji - vocals; Ken Filiano - acoustic bass; Amir Zoufonoun - vocals; poerty by Rumi, recited by: Koorosh Angali; and Baomi Butts-Bhanji.
The Peoples’ Blues
Tracks: Peoples’ Blues; Song Unknown; Native Paradox Part I: Tradition; Native Paradox Part II: Transformation; Tabriz; Tehran Part I: Regime; Tehran Part II: Discontent; Tehran Part III: Revolution; Tehran Part IV: Mourning; Mashad; Sama; Akan; Irama; Rasa; Nava-Ye Mardom.
Personnel: Hafez Modirzadeh - tenor saxophone; royal hartigan - drums; James Norton - soprano saxophone, bass clarinet, alto flute; Tim Volpicella - guitar and effects; Ken Filiano - bass; Larry Grenadier - bass (on Tehran only); Jeff Ballard - drums (on Tehran only); with special guests: Ramin Zoufonoun - persian-tuned piano; Shahram Kazemi - tombak and daff.
In Chromodal Discourse
Asian Improv Records
Tracks: Inflections; Tetrapaths; Excursions; Night Witness (Shahed-e Shaab); Ritual Relics; Echoes Of Ancestors; Mended Wings; Infernal Tongues; Spirits Undivided; Adagio In Eb; Yeganeh; Reflections.
Personnel: Hafez Modirzadeh - tenor saxophone, voice; James Norton - soprano saxophone, bass clarinet, alto flute; royal hartigan - drums; Tim Volpicella - guitar and effects; Ken Filiano - bass; Ramin Zoufonoun - piano; Shahram Kazemi - tombak.
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