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Hafez Modirzadeh

Facets

  • Type CD
  • Label Pi Recordings
  • UPC 0808713008722
  • Catalog number PI 87
  • Release date 09 July 2021
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About the album

Facets is saxophonist/composer Hafez Modirzadeh's latest radical entreaty against the cultural hegemony of the Western notion of equal temperament and his argument that musicians should be free to explore a variety of tonal possibilities, even on piano. His 2012 release Post-Chromodal Out! was the first documentation of this concept, where the piano was tuned to a variety of temperaments. Performed with pianist Vijay Iyer, The New York Times called that album "Dauntless... There's heady discipline at work here, along with the stirrings of a hard-fought individualism." With his new release, Modirzadeh has distilled the idea to a single re-tuning, which is performed in duets with three towering musicians in contemporary improvised music: Kris DavisTyshawn Sorey and Craig Taborn, each interrogating the piano's new possibilities with imagination and ingenuity. Modirzadeh himself utilizes alternate fingerings and embouchure adjustments on his instrument to achieve intervals between major and minor, and the pieces sway with an elasticity reminiscent of Persian poetic meter. With eight 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.
 

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    Facet Taborn
     
    02:13
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    Down Facet
     
    01:55
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    Facet 27 Light
     
    03:05
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    Facet 28 Nora
     
    01:54
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    Facet 29 Night
     
    03:35
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    Facet 34 Defractred
     
    03:45
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    Ask Me Now
     
    03:50
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    Facet Sorey
     
    05:12
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    Facet 31 Woke
     
    07:13
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    Ebb Facet
     
    03:53
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    Facet 33 Tides
     
    03:27
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    Flow Facet
     
    02:46
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    Pannonica
     
    03:49
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    Facet BB
     
    04:27
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    Facet 35 Ode B'kongofon
     
    03:05
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    Facet 32 Black Pearl
     
    01:44
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    Facet 39 Mato Paha
     
    05:05
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    Ode Reprise
     
    01:52

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