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.
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.
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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