Music is a Natural Force
Go chromodal. In a tone-deaf historical moment, you’ll be grateful to hear Hafez Modirzadeh and his work in Chromodality – the practice of bringing global musical languages together to honor the old, and the new. Modirzadeh is an active performer, writer and scholar of cross-cultural musical perspectives as well as a Grammy-nominated sax player and professor at San Francisco State University. Chromodality is deeply spiritual, and his conversation with Jen Chien will move you. How can we approach life and each other in a chromodal way, allowing us to learn, innovate and share with the greatest respect for each other? Hafez gives us harmony when we need it most.
About Hafez Modirzadeh
Hafez Modirzadeh is active in the realms of performing, recording, lecturing and publishing on original cross-cultural musical perspectives. While his Grammy-nominated work on saxophones can most recently be heard on Pi Recordings, Modirzadeh’s performances stretch from the Berlin to Monterey Jazz Festivals, appearing with artists ranging in generation from Ornette Coleman to Tyshawn Sorey, Zakir Hussein to Vijay Iyer, as well as with many creative music pioneers from the AACM, along with Asian Improv aRts. His pedagogical innovations have been repeatedly funded by the California Arts Council, and support for his composed works includes the National Endowment for the Arts, Other Minds, Copeland, and MAPfund. Twice a Senior Fulbrighter – at the University of Granada, Spain, as well as Baskent Conservatory in Ankara, Turkey – Dr. Modirzadeh is currently a Professor of Music at San Francisco State University. ALW.
Jennifer Chien (00:00):
You’re listening to above the fog, a podcast from Grace Cathedral and me, Jen Chien. This season is all about bridge builders, people in our communities who build connections and span divides. Today, speaking to me from his home in San Jose….