"Automythings" with Hafez Modirzadeh

Sunday, Dec 1st, 2013

4:30 PM

Admission $10 general; $8 students and seniors

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Please join us on Sunday Dec. 1 when Avonova presents saxophone player Hafez Modirzadeh.  The show starts at 4:30 PM and the cost is $10 general admission and $8 for students and seniors.

Hafez Modirzadeh presents an afternoon of solo saxophone with original narrative describing the history of his innovative “chromodal” concept of musical practice. For this installment, Dr. Modirzadeh will recount for the first time in public, early experiences during the years 1973-93, with stories involving his intersection with key jazz figures that helped shape this all-encompassing musical philosophy, some of which include: George Russell, Joe Henderson, Sonny Stitt, James Moody, Sonny  Simmons, as well as the revolutionary first meeting with his life-long mentor, Mahmoud Zoufonoun (1920-2013), and a direction-shifting visitation by Charlie  Parker. Presented in an informal part recital – part lecture format,  “Automything” adapts oral tradition to the idea of a story that tells itself, in order for the focus to be more on the development of the musical rather than personal path.  Transcriptions from these installments will eventually be published as a book on the subject.

Dr. Modirzadeh’s original research has resulted in articles for Black Music Research Journal (on “Aural Archetypes”, 2001), Leonardo Journal (on “Compost Music”, 2009), and Critical Studies in Improvisation (on a “Principle of Convergence Liberation”, 2011); his most recently recorded work, “Post-Chromodal Out!” (Pi Records, 2012), has garnered considerable critical acclaim; he is currently a Professor of Music at San Francisco State University.


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