Hafez Modirzadeh & Alexander Hawkins


02 April 2022


The Mackintosh Church, 870 Garscube Rd, G20 7EL


14:00 – 14:50

Pleased to welcome composer, saxophonist and theorist Hafez Modirzadeh to Scotland for the first time. Focusing on his “chromodal” concept, a cross-cultural musical approach developed from American jazz and Iranian dastgah heritages, he’ll present work on saxophone in collaboration with pianist Alexander Hawkins. With eight piano keys re-tuned and the remainder left in equal temperament, the music explores the coexistence of familiar with unfamiliar, and in the process, discovers new logic and mysterious beauty within.

Hafez Modirzadeh (Iran/US)

Hafez Modirzadeh’s Grammy-nominated work is global in scope, highly collaborative in nature, with a shared company extending across generations, from Ornette Coleman to Tyshawn Sorey, and Zakir Hussein to Vijay Iyer, as well as many of the original AACM members.  As a Pi Recordings artist and Professor of Creative Music at SF State University, Modirzadeh’s artistic […] Read more

Alexander Hawkins (London)

Alexander Hawkins is a composer, pianist, organist, and bandleader who is ‘unlike anything else in modern creative music’. Working in a vast array of creative contexts, his own unique soundworld is forged through the search to reconcile both a love of free improvisation and a profound fascination with composition and structure. Read more