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Performance: Leyla Modirzadeh

  • Platform Wurster Hall Berkeley, CA, 94720 United States (map)

Goodbye Water, Goodbye Air, Hello Fire Everywhere is a series of performance parties by interdisciplinary artist and alumni Leyla Modirzadeh, featuring her brother saxophonist Hafez Modirzadeh. Using humor and improvisation, Modirzadeh engages the community in celebrations and meditations on four natural elements: air, water, earth, and fire. Please join us for this first gathering: a farewell party for the air, sign a thank-you-for-everything-we-are-sad-to-see-you-go card, play and move with air, spend an hour thinking about that which we cannot see but without which we would surely die.

Leyla Modirzadeh is an interdisciplinary artist with a focus on theatre for social justice and experimental film, currently teaching at UC Berkeley in the Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies Department. As a professional actress, Leyla is best known for her collaborations with Obie Award winning theatre artist Ping Chong in New York City for over 20 years and tours of her original solo shows.

Saxophonist Hafez Modirzadeh has performed, recorded, published and lectured internationally and is currently a Professor of Creative/World Music at San Francisco State University. His Grammy-nominated work on saxophones can be heard on Pi Recordings, while his published research can be found in Black Music Research, Leonardo, Critical Studies in Improvisation, and Popular Music Studies.

The performance will take place at Platform.

Platform is accessible at the gated entrance next to the bike racks on the south side of Wurster Hall. Additionally, during events, the door to Wurster Hall room 178 is open and accessible from the interior of the building.