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Hafez Modirzadeh: In Convergence Liberation

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Inciso nel 2011 riunendo pagine tutte a firma del multistrumentista di origine iraniana (ma nato a Durham, Carolina del Nord, nel 1962) Hafez Modirzadeh, questo lavoro è per più di un verso emblematico di come si possa far felicemente convivere ambizioni compositive post-accademiche, seduzioni di memoria etnica e pruriti jazzistici di stampo contemporaneo.

Vi trovano posto cinque brani singoli e tre suite ("Karna Passages," "Suite Compost" e "Sor Juana," rispettivamente in tre, quattro e sei movimenti), il tutto su temperature e abbinamenti strumentali anche parecchio distanti fra loro, col prevalere ora di una vocalità di tratto scopertamente arabeggiante (come del resto anche diversi strumentali), ora di un camerismo nervoso, talora (tipo il primo movimento di "Karna Passages") anche incalzante, un'eleganza a tratti quasi liturgica e rivolgimenti improvvisi, libertà e paletti compositivi ben definiti (qua e là, come ad esempio in "Number That Moves," viene in mente l'Ornette Coleman sinfonico), sequenze persino un po' estenuate ed episodici inasprimenti di tracciato.

Il tutto, come si diceva, con risultati invidiabili per coerenza complessiva, rigore e belle potenzialità espresse.

Track Listing: La Angustia de los Amantes; Tetraspheres; Karna Passages; Las Orillas del Mar; Number That Moves; Suite Compost; Sor Juana.

Personnel: Hafez Modirzadeh: sax soprano, alto e tenore, flauto alto in sol, clarinetto alto, ney, karna (corno in legno), catene, campane, sonagli; Amir ElSaffar: tromba, santur, voce; Faraz Minooei: santur; Amir Abbas Etemadzadeh: percussioni; Mili Bermejo: voce; Ethel String Quartet (Mary Rowell, Cornelius Dufallo: violino; Ralph Farris: viola; Dorothy Lawson: violoncello).

Title: In Convergence Liberation | Year Released: 2015 | Record Label: Pi Recordings

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