Listen: Agata Zubel, Hafez Modirzadeh and Friends Open 2015 Ferus Festival

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Monday, August 03, 2015

Composer-vocalist Agata Zubel, saxophonist Hafez Morirzadeh and cellist Jeffrey Zeigler at Pioneer Works for 2015 Ferus Festival Composer-vocalist Agata Zubel, saxophonist Hafez Modirzadeh and cellist Jeffrey Zeigler at Pioneer Works for 2015 Ferus Festival (Jill Steinberg)

Launched in 2014, the annual Ferus Festival is a designated incubation period that highlights new projects in a workshop performance setting. The festival is a project by VisionIntoArt, an ambitious arts organization that has spread to include a record label as well as a National Sawdust, a forthcoming music venue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn aimed at adventurous 21st-Century programming.

The 2015 Ferus Festival took place at Pioneer Works – a multimedia art space in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The first evening was comprised of two largely improvisational sets beginning with free-jazz saxophone luminary Hafez Modirzadeh and Argentine pianist Leo Genovese.

Modirzadeh was then then joined by fast-rising Polish composer Agata Zubel, cellist Jeffrey Zeigler and violinist Cornelius Dufallo for Parlando – an improvisation built around Zubel's extended vocal techniques – that rose from amplified breathing to anguished moans mirrored by the other instrumentalists.

Listen to the complete concert above or individual sets below. 


Hafez Modirzadeh - Resonance IVI

Hafez Modirzadeh (alto sax/composer), Leo Genovese (re-tuned piano)

Agata Zubel - Parlando

Agata Zubel (composer, vocals), Leo Genovese (re-tuned piano), Cornelius Dufallo (violin), Jeffrey Zeigler (cello)

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