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Hafez Modirzadeh

San Jose, California
United States

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For over two decades, saxophonist/theorist HAFEZ MODIRZADEH has performed and recorded internationally on an original cross-cultural musical approach he terms “chromodal”, developed from his own American jazz and Iranian dastgah heritages. With articles in such journals as Black Music Research (2001) and Leonardo (2009), Modirzadeh has also introduced “aural archetype” and “compost music” as crucial concepts culminating from crossed paths with numerous masters including Ornette Coleman, Mahmoud Zoufonoun, as well as original AACM members and his own generation of Asian American musicians and composers. Modirzadeh is a Senior Fulbright Scholar, NEA Jazz Fellow, and Professor of World Cultures in Music at San Francisco State University.


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· educator
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