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Members of theSF StateChamber go sightseeing Singers in NewYorkCity.Photoby Donovan Hendrick. Aftermonthsof planningand preparation, 35 studentsin the SF StateChamber Singersgatheredon campusApril 17 for one finalrehearsalbeforetheirtour in Ner,v YorkCity.Withblackbindersbalancedon theirpalms,ihe singers'eyesdartedback and forthfrom pagesof theirsheetmusicto the enteriaining and expressivewavesof theirconductor,AssociateProfessorDavldXiques,who cheerfullydancedon the floorto theirrendrtionof a catchyCubanfolk song,Son de la loma. "Mcmiwant io know..."theysangin spanish,"wherethe singersare from/ThatI find so charming/And I want to knowthernlWiththeirsongsso fascinatingthat I want to learn/Where are they from?" A New York listenermighthaveaskedthis very questionat the storiedvenueswhere the choirperformed overfivedays.the Cathedral of St. Johnthe Divine,St Patrick's Cathedraland the Churchof St. FranclsXavier-as well as a masterclassat AscensionChurch.Answer.All but threeof the singersare Cafifornia natives. Manyof the studentshad neverbeento the EastCoastbefore,and all of them were workingnonstopTheyhadlust performed twicewithSan Francisco Symphcny ChorusDirectorRagnarBohlin,and theynowweregoingto perform2'1songs muitipletrmesthroughsut ihe weekend.Dauntedby theirrigorousschedule, they werenOt.

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Two days beforetheirdeparture,the BostonMarathonbombingsoccurred.They were alreadyplanningto performFredrikSixten'sPeace,dedicatedto the victimsof the 2011 Nonuegianmassacreand 2012shootingat sandy Hook Elementary School.Now it was dedicatedto Boston,too. some studentsadmittedhavinga difficulttime singingpeacewithoutcryingbut foundtheirtearsto be a "catharticreiease." TenorMichaelYoungsays Peaceremindshim of a quotefromAmericancomposer LeonardBernstein:"Thiswill be our replyto violence:to makemusicmore intensely, morebeautifully, moredevotedlythanever before." Re*t;lrid rig*r Despitethe attacks,studentsweren'tworriedabouttheirsafetvin New York Citv. They had a day to go sightseeing. SopranoSarahW. Kramer,aftervisitingthe formerWorldTradeCentersitesaid that, in New York City,she had to confrontallthe terroristattacksthat had occurredin her lifetimefor the firsttime.Beforevisiting,the attacksseemedto have happened "somewhereelseto someoneelse,"she says. Xiquesencouragedhis studentsto visitthe Metropolitan Museumof Art. Thosewho did lovedit. "Thewholeworld looksto New York as the city in the worldwith an artisticsoul," Xiquessays."Becauseit's olderthan San Franciscoand has the cathedralswe don'i (St.John the Divineis the largestcathedralin NorthAmericaand the fourthlargestin the world),the studentsreallygainedvaluableexperience.(Thetour)gavethe studentsthe opportunity to reallygeland cometogetheras an ensemble.', The students'intenseperformance schedulegavethem a "realistictasteof what beinga professional musicianis like,"Xiquessays."Thistourdrewout discipline, techniqueand artisticabilitiesfrom the singers.Nothingrequiresmoreattentionand rigorthanmusic." Studentswere also challengedby acoustics.The Cathedralof St. John the Divlne was so big that the studentscouldbarelyhearthemselvesenunciate.The grand cellingand far-awaywallsswallowedtheirvoices.ln st. Patrick'scathedral,the studentswere facedwith renovationmaterialsthat obstructedtheirsightand blocked theirmelodies.Construction work stoppedfor theirconcert,but the studentssay the busesdrivingby on FifthAvenuewerejust as noisy. The ChamberSingersmostenjoyedperformingin St. FrancisXavierbecauseof "the soundDavidwas able to bringout" of ihem. Y*s, sir In the finalrehearsalbeforetheirtour,Xiquesdrilledhis studentsbecausehe had theirgreatpotentialin mind. "Memory,memory,memory!"he commanded,and all the blackbindersthuddedshut. Fromthe back row,a studentrap-tap-tapped a woodenmalletagainsta hollow woodenbox in time to the beat.The chorussang Si sefror,and MaestroXiquescut them off. "Again,"he demanded.Tutti:"Si sefiorrr."A volunteerpronouncedsome difficult Spanishwordsand somestudentsgiggled. "Good,"respondedXiqueswith a smile."lt has to havethat kindof precision.Again." All triumphantly."Si sefiorrrrr!"


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Every fall , Assistant Professor Cyrus Ginwala, conductor of the SF State Orchestra , listens to at least a dozen music majors audition for the spring Concerto Competition , Participants are requ ired to perform a work for solo instrument or voice from memory. "Many are technically competent," Ginwala says, Few however, are able to

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undergraduate concentration in World Cultures, which he now advises, along with the minor in World Music and Dance. In 2006, Modirzadeh retumed to the Gypsy culture of his youth, with a Fulbright to lecture at University of Granada, in Spain. The result led to more recordings, both from the field as well as in his own original jazz language (i.e. Bemsha Alegria on Disques Chromodal), and now, to Radif Suite. The resonances on this latest CD are beyond anything related to traditional harmony, jazz, Middle Eastern or otherwise. Modirzadeh and EISaifar hope to introduce alternatives to anyone-tuning system, exploring the spectrum of tonal relationships that express being simply human. And where this involves a loyal trust, for Modirzadeh, his students at SF State are a constant inspiration . Alexander Vogel, a saxophonist in the Creative Wand Ensemble, says Modirzadeh has a "more free-fiowing style along with a very didactic approach referring back to harmony, melody and r1hythm. " "His teaching style is very easy-going," adds Vogel, a senior. "What he likes to do is express a number of ideas to see which ones may work best. He is very collaborative in that way."

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Undergraduate student Borac won this year's Ross McKee Award , given to junior piano majors to help them fund their senior year. During his aud ition, Borac played the first movement of Beethoven's Sonata in A-flat major, Op. 26 , and Ravel's Alborada del Gracioso from the Miroirs Suite. Borac has had all these works in his repertoire for a while, and still enjoys playing them.

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His fami ly isn 't necessarily musical. Borac's parents are both sCientists, but they possess a large collection of classical CDs and have always enjoyed classical music. "As a child , I was lucky enough to have access to the recordings of many legendary pian ists and conductors: Celibidache, Rachmaninoff, Karajan , Argerich, Richter and many many others," he says. His aunt, Luiza Borac, is an accomplished pianiSt. "Her recent recordings of George Enescu's complete piano works have received excellent reviews," David Borac says. In addition to studying piano, Borac has also begun playing the harpsichord and violin. He says, "I am very much enjoying the process of discovery that accompanies learning to playa new instrument." Wh en asked why he chose SF State, Borac says, "I was impressed by the welcoming atmosphere of the School of Music and Dance and, in particular, of the piano department ...That was a major factor in my decision (to apply to SF State's piano program)" . As for Borac's career goals, he plans to continue studying piano. He also hopes to conduct a major orchestra one day-"at least in a video game."

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Borac's recital is April 29, at 1pm in Knuth Hall. He will play Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, the first three Preludes and Fugues from Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier Book I and Ravel's Alborada del Gracioso.

Osvaldo De Leon Graduate student De Leon is the winner of this year's Michael Avalos Award, given to a student who shows exemplary skills in piano performance. Professor Victoria Neve provides history of the award: "Michael Avalos earned his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees, both in piano performance, at SFSU in the 1980s. He passed away in the mid'90s, whereupon a group of his friends organized this piano award in his name. Since Michael had a particular love for music by Hispanic composers, candidates for this prize must playa piece by an Hispanic composer at their December jury exams, along with their usual pieces from various style periods." De Leon played Tocatta by Leonardo Velazquez. De Leon came to SF State from Mexico. He is the only musician in his family of five. De Leon says his father, a psychoanalyst, observed his sensnivity to music-how happy music made him dance and sad music made him cry-and decided to get him started in music lessons. Though he played flute as a child and oboe in high school , De Leon is most passionate about the piano. He has been studying piano professionally for 12 years. He was working as an accompanist in Mexico City when he found out about the SF State piano program and decided to apply. De Leon says that he was really drawn to Professor Roger Woodward , "a musician with a wide holistic approach to music," De Leon says. "Every time he sees a piece of music, he finds something to be wowed about." On average, De Leon practices four or five hours a day, but not all in one chunk. He sometimes has only 10 minutes to run through something before he must change activnies. That being said, he always makes sure to keep a log of his practice hours. "Sometimes I make it-sometimes I don't." De Leon is inspired by a septuagenarian Argentinean woman he knows, with degrees in violin, viola, piano, theatre and French letters. De Leon, too, has dabbled in theatre, voice performance and writing but is not sure where his career will take him. He says "anything that happens from here is good" and that he is appreciative to the Avalos Award donors. De Leon will play works from Bach, Mozart, Schumann and Polish composer Panufnik during his recital May 6 at 1pm in Knuth Hall. -Lauren Leah Young

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It's 3:30 on a Thursday afternoon in the Creative Arts Building, and Hafez Modirzadeh is wrapping up a

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rehearsal with the Creative World Ensemble . Unlike most music professors who conduct classes without their instruments, Modirzadeh is playing his soprano saxophone alongside his students, who sit in a large circle in the center of the Band Room. They are playing a piece that sounds nothing like the famous Do-Re-Mi song from

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The Sound of Music. Comprised of instruments such as the Chinese guzheng (plucked string) , Persian daf (frame drum) and Irish fiddle, among many others, the music they're creating sounds uniquely intercultural.

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Professor Modirzadeh stops the students fo r a minute to play an improvised example of the section. Satisfied that they understand what he's looking for, he says, "Start here," and plays a few notes, allowing the group to jump right in. (Most pieces of music have marked measure numbers that make it easier for everyone to start in the same place. Modirzadeh's method requires a good deal of ear training for the musicians to be able find the right spot and play.)

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Citycentered: where It'S Once rehearsal is over, he has a few minutes to discuss his latest CD, Radif Suite , with trumpeter Amir EISaffar,

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A recent New York Times review states Radif Suite is a "SCintillating new album" with a "rhythm section capably poised to respond to any shift in texture ." The CD also draws raves from the los Angeles Times and Dusted Magazine.

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Before the CD was made, EISaffar approached Modirzadeh, wanting to learn more about his theories of "chromodal discourse: or the "spectrum of relationships between different musical systems." Both decided to apply these theories to new compositions. With their combined knowledge of Iraqi and Iranian music, they were able to take both tonal systems "out of their original contexts to reflect a larger experience, " Modirzadeh says.

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Professor Modirzadeh has an interesting background in music. Many who know him are aware he has a Master's Degree from University of California, Los Angeles, and a Ph.D . from Wesleyan, both in ethnomusicology. But not as many people know that he was exposed to such a wide variety of musical genres as a young boy. He was bom in Durham, N.C., where he recalls that region's mountain music. He briefly lived in Iran, his father's native country, and listened to his father play the tombak, a traditional Persian drum . From age 8 to 10, he lived with gypsies in the south of France and listened to their cultural music Originating from the Pyrenees Mountains. His mother, an American, listened to Hank Williams and familiarized Modirzadeh with opera .

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