Hafez Modirzadeh with Vijay Iyer Post-Chromodal Out! CD Release Celebration, Wed. Oct 10, 2012


Hafez Modirzadeh with Vijay Iyer
Post-Chromodal Out! CD Release Celebration
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Kuumbwa Jazz

“…a manifesto in resonance.” – Jazz Speaks on “Post-Chromodal Out!”

Post-Chromodal Out! represents the next step in composer/saxophonist Hafez Modirzadeh’s 30-year quest to create a seamless exchange of musical structures across many cultures. The project is the culmination of a system he refers to as “chromodality,” which he created to integrate Persian musical tones with Western tones. The result is a musical, cultural blend that breaks boundaries and creates new musical worlds. Joining Modirzadeh on this journey is pianist Vijay Iyer, who is somewhat of a renaissance man in the jazz world, winning in five categories of DownBeat’s 2012 Annual Critics Poll including Jazz Artist of the Year, top Pianist and Rising Star Composer.

The post-chromodal concepts were first utilized by Iranian-American Modirzadeh and Iraqi-American trumpeter Amir Elsaffar, on the their project Radif Suite, which the New York Times referred to as “scintillating…a radical cultural exchange.”  Post-Chromodal Out! picks up where that project left off, with a re-tuned piano and Persian musical temperaments.  The re-tuning of the piano requires a totally new approach to the instrument, which was undertaken by Iyer, who brought to the task an improvisatory mastery and an open mind.

On Iyer, Modirzadeh says “I have approached many pianists over the years, but Vijay was the only one to physically sit down at a beat-up old upright [piano] I had returned, to trust in the possibilities, and make it happen.”  Iyer says of Modirzadeh’s vision, “The scope of Hafez’ synthesis of concepts across cultures in staggering.  There is great detail in his critical engagement with traditional intervallic systems, tuning and modes…there is genuine heart to this music and a real spiritual clarity.”

Post-Chromodal Out! is comprised of two suites: “Weft Facets” and “Wolf and Warp” and both demonstrate the expansiveness of the re-tuned piano.  As Modirzadeh puts it: “By retuning the piano – the instrument that [most] imposes a dominant influence on the world’s music – the musician is freed to explore all tonal possibilities.”  The result is something that defies all that has been attempted before and shakes up the harmonic possibilities in one glorious cocktail.

Hafez Modirzadeh with Vijay Iyer

DATE: Wednesday, October 10, 2012
PLACE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227

Media contacts:
(Vijay Iyer)
Matt Merewitz

(347) 384-2839

(Hafez Modirzadeh)

(646) 872-7072

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