Hafez Modirzadeh





July 8th, 8pm @ Dizzy's
4275 Mission Bay Drive at Rosewood Street
Pacific Beach 92109
Diane Moser Quartet with Hafez Modirzadeh, Mark Dresser, and Vijay Anderson


July 10th 1pm @ the Vortex Immersion Dome

1201 W 5th St #185, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Hafez Modirzadeh, Vinny Golia, Dan Clucas, Anthony Shadduck, Vijay Anderson
visuals by Tim Hicks

July 10th, 7pm  @The Piano Kitchen

430 Rose Ave. Santa Barbara, CA

Hafez Modirzadeh, Vijay Anderson DUO



Thur March 31st 8 p.m. Bezanson Recital Hall, UMass Amherst, MA

with Bobby Bradford, Ken Filiano, royal hartigan:



Wed March 30th 6-7 p.m. Arms Music Center 3, Amherst College, MA

with Bobby Bradford, Ken Filiano, royal hartigan



Sat March 19th 7:30 p.m. The Freedom Archives, 522 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

with royal hartigan’s Akoma Ensemble

518 Valencia is a fully accessible venue near 16th street – a block from BART and near major bus routes (Muni 22, 14, 49 & 33 routes). We recommend that you use public transportation due to challenging parking options. 


Fri March 18th 7:30 p.m. Cafe Pink House, 14577 Big Basin Way, Saratoga, CA 95070

“Modirzadeh Quartet” with royal hartigan, Wes Brown and Dahveed Behroozi:



Wed March 16th, 1-2 p.m., Knuth Hall, SF State Creative Arts

ImprovisAsians 2016! Recital with royal hartigan, Wes Brown, and special guest Selvaganesh Vinayakram on S. Indian percussion: http://lca.sfsu.edu/events/2016-03-16-200000-2016-03-16-210000/813486


Tue March 15th, 8 p.m., Centre for New Music, 55 Taylor St, San Francisco  

with royal hartigan’s Akoma Ensemble: http://centerfornewmusic.com/calendar/


Sat March 5th, 7-10 p.m., McRoskey Mattress Co. (3rd floor), 1687 Market Street (at Gough), San Francisco

hosted by the SF State Poetry Center, with Fred Moten and Nathaniel Mackey:



Fri March 4th, Mission Cultural Center, San Francisco

Benefit performance for AMED:


Fri Feb 26th, 6-7:30 p.m. Presidio Sessions, San Francisco

“Love and Respect Septet” with Ken Filiano, Ann Dyer, Tim Volpicella, Vijay Anderson, Dahveed Behroozi, Pezhham Akhavass





Hafez Modirzadeh: Automyth II

Sunday, December 1st, 4:30 p.m.

Avonova House Concert Series

417 Avon St,  Oakland




Hafez Modirzadeh's "Automythography of the MusiCulinary" with Dan Newman


Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 9:00 PM


Oakland, CA


Yusef Komunyakaa, featuring Hafez Modirzadeh, saxophone
Friday OCT 18 7:30 pm @ McCroskey Mattress Company
1687 Market Street (at Gough)
advance tickets: $10/$5 low income at door*
co-sponsored by the Poetry Center and The Green Arcade


Oct. 4 • 7:30p.m. Oct. 5 • 8:00p.m.

Montclair State University in New Jersey

Vijay Iyer's "Open City" World Premiere



Ambrose Akinmusire - trumpet   
Jonathan Finlayson - trumpet   
Adam O'Farrill - trumpet   
Graham Haynes - cornet, flugelhorn   
Steve Coleman, alto saxophone   
Hafez Modirzadeh, alto & tenor saxophone   
Mark Shim, tenor saxophone   
Elena Pinderhughes, flute & voice   
Josh Roseman, bass trombone, tuba   
Tyshawn Sorey - trombone, percussion   
Mat Maneri - viola 
Okkyung Lee - cello 
Vijay Iyer - piano, compositions
Patricia Franceschy, vibraphone   
Rafiq Bhatia, guitar   
Harish Raghavan, bass   
Marcus Gilmore, drums   
Rajna Swaminathan, mrudangam & kanjira   
Himanshu Suri, vocals/lyrics  
Teju Cole, readings/texts   

 September 20-21, 2013, YBCA

Ann Dyer's "Vak: Song of Becoming"

The Vak Ensemble with soloist Hafez Modirzadeh

Choreography by Erika Chong Shuch
Co-composed by Ann Dyer & Tim Volpicella



 Other small group performances with Ann Dyer:

September 5th, 8 p.m. 

Red Poppy Art House
2698 Folsom Street  San Francisco 94110 phone: 1.415.826.2402


September 9th, 9 p.m.

DUENDE | 468 19th Street | Oakland | CA94612  510-893-017



August 15th, 2013

 Modirzadeh World Premiere

"In MusiCulinary DisCourse" with Paul Canales (chef),

Thollem McDonas (re-tuned piano), Sarah Wilson (trumpet),

and Timothy Volpicella, guitar

DUENDE | 468 19th Street | Oakland | CA94612  510-893-0174




Fri, July 26 7-8:30pm

convergence liberation 
in practice: 
Illuminating Source as Shared Collective

w/ dr. hafez modirzadeh

Mountain Yoga       
2071 Antioch Court, Suite 100
Oakland, CA. 94611




Chromodal Composition Workshops

June 29, July 1 and 3, 2013

University of Art, Tehran, IRAN

contact: Amir Eslami (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) 



May 20-26th, 2013: 

Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music


On Faculty: Vijay Iyer (Director), Nicole Mitchell, Hafez Modirzadeh, Marvin Sewell, Wadada Leo Smith, Tyshawn Sorey, Esperanza Spalding



Red Poppy Arthouse

Karl Evangelista and Grex with Hafez Modirzadeh Solo

April 26, 2013 7:30 - 10:00 pm

2698 Folsom St, San Francisco

phone: 1.415.826.2402



Shiraz Quartet Reunion

Location : Knuth Hall, Creative Arts Building, Room 132, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway, San Francisco

Contact :

Monday, April 15, 2013, 01:10pm - 02:00pm

James Norton and Hafez Modirzadeh (winds) - joined by John Shifflett (bass) and Jason Lewis (drums) - mark thirty years since their creative collaboration on record, here revisiting original cross-cultural compositions commemorating what led to their subsequent contributions to AIR from its 1987 inception onward.




Open Gate Theatre and Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock present
Sunday evening concert; March 3  at 7:00 p.m.,

Hafez Modirzadeh Quartet featuring Bobby Bradford

Center for the Arts, Eagle Rock,
2225 Colorado Blvd., Eagle Rock
(one block west of Eagle Rock Blvd.). 
Admission $10,
students, seniors, and series performers half price. 
Free parking is plentiful. 

Hafez Modirzadeh Quartet
Hafez Modirzadeh – saxophones
Bobby Bradford - cornet
Mark Dresser - bass
Alex Cline – drums

 Read Press for this performance here:



Spontaneous Intonation - Thollem/Modirzadeh Duo

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012   8 p.m.

Berkeley Arts - 2133 University Avenue Berkeley 

walking distance from downtown Berkeley BART

Thollem has been a peripatetic musician for many years now, collaborating with famous and underknown musicians from wildly diverse walks of musical life in the States, Mexico and Europe. Hafez gave Thollem a tuning hammer for the very purpose of exploring more personalized temperaments, liberating the piano from the constraints of not only equal temperament but also pre-conceived intonation. Thollem will be re-tuning the piano in real-time, creating a spontaneous intonation that will be evolving throughout the course of their performance.




BTS/MAP and ESTRIA present:

Emergency Response for Gaza

For Middle East Children’s Alliance to bring Medical Supplies directly to Gaza

with Genny Lim/Hafez Modirzadeh

Sunday, December 9th @ 4pm

Eric Quezada Center  518 Valencia St@ 16th SFCA

ReOrient 2012 Festival and Forum Presents
Sunday, November 18, at 7pm at Z Space
Iranian-American jazz saxophonist, Hafez Modirzadeh
is the headliner for the Closing Concert and Reception for
ReOrient 2012 Theatre Festival and Forum.

“At a time when the Middle East dominates the headlines, ReOrient aspires to forge clarity out of chaos. This timely festival incites us to look past the 24/7 media blitz to see the cycles of tragedy.” —San Jose Mercury News.

(San Francisco) October 12, 2012 — Golden Thread Productions presents the ReOrient 2012 Closing Night Concert and Reception featuring Hafez Modirzadeh and Friends! Bay Area saxophonist, Hafez
Modirzadeh who mixes Middle Eastern traditions with a modern jazz sound, will be joined by longtime collaborators Ramin Zoufonoun (piano), Timothy Volpicella (guitar) and Jamsheed Agahi (percussion) for an unforgettable evening of live music that is sure to “ReOrient.” Playwrights, directors and artists join us for a closing reception following the concert to mingle and celebrate this momentous occasion. Tickets, which include admission to the closing reception, are $30 ($20 for seniors and students) and can be purchased at goldenthread.org.






Wednesday, October 10, 7:00 PM

Hafez Modirzadeh with Vijay Iyer

Post-Chromodal Out! CD Release Celebration


Doors and dinner beginning at 6:00 PM


July 13th, 2012 at the Jazz Gallery, New York City

CD release performance for "Post-Chromodal Out!" (Pi Records)




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