Navid Bargrizan joined the music-theory and music-history faculty of Texas A&M University-Commerce, in August 2019. He also teaches German language at Dallas Goethe Center. Previously, Navid worked as Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Composition and Theory, as well as Adjunct Lecturer of General Humanities, and Adjunct Lecturer of Languages, Literature ,and Cultures, at the University of Florida, where he taught various undergraduate and graduate courses in music composition and theory, German language, and general humanities. Navid received his PhD in music history and literature, with a cognate area in music composition, theory and technology, from the University of Florida. He also studied systematic musicology, historical musicology, art history, and music composition in Hamburg and Tehran. Throughout his education, his most important mentors have been Hamidreza Dibazar, Mehran Rouhani, Mostafa-Kamal Pourtorab, Sharif Lotfi, Albrecht Schneider, Friedrich Geiger, Manfred Stahnke, Silvio dos Santos, Jennifer Thomas, Paul Richards, and Ralf Remshardt.
As a musicologist, Navid conducts research on intersections of technology, philosophy, theater, and music; the sociopolitical implications of the popular music; and the 19th-century, German, Romantic tragedy. He has presented papers on the music and aesthetics of Manfred Stahnke, Harry Partch, Mozart, and Roger Waters in Berlin, Kassel, Vienna, Salzburg, Istanbul, Toronto, Ottawa, Washington D.C., New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Kansas City, Memphis, Jacksonville, West Palm Beach, Baton Rouge, Hattiesburg, and Gainesville, In such venues as the Society for American Music, German Studies Association, Society for Music Theory, International Association of the Study of Popular Studies, Conference for Interdisciplinary Musicology, Conference of the Canadian University Music Society, "Mikrotöne: Small is Beautiful" Symposia at Mozarteum, Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Musicult '15 Music and Cultural Studies Conference at the Istanbul Technical University, ISA-Science Conference at University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna, Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium, ECHO Conference at UCLA, and the regional American Musicological Society meetings of the New England, California, Southwestern, and the Southern Chapters.
Navid’s papers are published in the proceedings of the 9th Conference for Interdisciplinary Musicology at Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung Berlin, and the MUSICULT ‘15 Music and Cultural Studies Conference hosted by Istanbul Technical University and Turkish State Music Conservatory. His article "Microtones, Technology, and Mediation in Manfred Stahnke's Orpheus Kristall" is published in Müzik-Bilim Dergisi: The Journal of Musicology. Navid's interview with Don Freund, the composer-in-residence of the 2015 national conference of Society of Composers, Inc., is published in the July/August 2015 issue of SCI's Newsletter. His review of S. Andrew Granade's book Harry Partch, The Hobo Composer is published in the Journal of Society for American Music. The Journal of the Society for American Music has also published Navid's review of Kepler Quartet's recording of Ben Johnston's string quartets. His article "The Monkey is Amused to Death: Roger Waters' Concept Album and its Commercial Failure" is published in the series Systematische Musikwissenschaft: Popular Music Studies Today, by Springer-Verlag, and his article "Parallel Trajectories in Manfred Stahnke's Internet Opera Orpheus Kristall" in eContatc! Online Journal for Electroacoustic Practices. Navid"s article "Innovative Meloharmonic Structures in Manfred Stahnke's Operas" is published by the Intrenational Ekmelik Music Society in Mikrotöne: Small is Beautiful-I (Mackiner Verlag).
As a composer, Navid experiments with microtones, tunings, intonations, and electronics. Since 2014, he has Experienced 13 premieres and more than 40 performances of his compositions in the North America and Europe, by virtuoso artists and ensembles such as Laurent Estoppey, Steve Stusek, Susan Fancher, Tolgahan Cogulu, Stacks Duo, Boston String Quartet, and Bold City Contemporary Ensemble. Navid music is performed in the USA, Canada, Germany, and Austria in venues such as New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium, Mikrotöne: Small is Beautiful Symposia at Mozarteum, various Society of Composers, Inc. Conferences, 3rd Eastern Music Festival's Chamber Crawl, North American Saxophone Alliance Region VI Conference at Valdosta State University, Southeastern Saxophone Summit at UF, Stacks/Collapss concerts, Pro Musica and Arts Now series in North Carolina, Midwest Graduate Music Consortium 2015 at Northwestern University, 3rd and 5th Florida Contemporary Music Festival, Unbalanced Connection 57 Electroacoustic semi-annual concerts, and the 2015, 2016, and 2018 student chapter concerts of the Society of Composers, Inc. at the University of Florida. While at the University of Florida, he has studied composition with Paul Richards, Paul Koonce, and James Paul Sain. In 2019, Navid's 10 Aphorisms for saxophone duo recorded by Stacks Duo, and Se-Chahar-Gah for microtonal guitar recorded by Tolgahan Cogulu, were released by Navona Records, in Figments II: Contemporary Solo and Chamber Works. His fixed media piece based on Ludwig Wittgensteins's Tractus-Logico Philosophicus is forthcoming in Man & Machine III: Organic and Electronic Works, by Ravello Records.
Navid's appearances as conductor include, among others, the winter 2016 concert of UF New Music Ensemble in the performance of Gérard Grisey's Périodes and Luke Dahn's Penumbrae, spring 2016 concert of the same ensemble in the performance of Schulamit Ran's Mirage, and the 2015 performance of his own de-tuned woodwind quintet Tuning Exercise Nr.1 by Great Southern Woodwind Quintet, all at the University of Florida. While writing his dissertation, Navid worked as instructor for music appreciation and general humanities courses at the University of Florida, 2013–2018. Prior to that, he had worked as teaching fellow and tutor for various music history, music theory, and general humanities courses, at the University of Florida and Universität Hamburg.
Navid was named a 2017–18 Tedder Family Doctoral Fellow of the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere of the University of Florida. In summer 2015, DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) awarded Navid a generous German Studies scholarship, which enabled him to conduct his pre-dissertation research in Germany. He received a 2016 Doctoral Research Travel Award by the University of Florida's Graduate School to conduct parts of his dissertation research at the archives containing Harry Partch's and Ben Johnston's materials, at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, University of California San Diego, and at Northwestern University. He was awarded the University of Florida’s College of Arts 2015 Best of College Creative Research Award for his composition 10 Aphorisms for Saxophone Duo, and the 2013 Robert T. and Beverly N. Singer Music School Fellowship. He was given an honorable mention for his piece Structure I for 10 instruments, in 2015 Fine Arts College Council Juried Art Exhibition at the University of Florida. He has received several travel grants and other scholarships by the University of Florida, University of Hamburg, Government of Salzburg Austria, Society for American Music, and Institut für neue Musik und Musikerziehung Darmstadt. Navid was a finalist in the 2016–2017, as well as 2019–2020, American Prize for Composition, Chamber Music Division, a national competition for the excellence in art. He worked as the composer-in-residence of the Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, Florida, during summer 2018. Based on Harn's collections, Navid composed a work for alto saxophone, which the Swiss saxophonist Laurent Estoppey performed and recorded in October 2018. During the same year, DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) awarded Navid a one-year, post-doctoral research fellowship, to stay and write his book in Hamburg, Germany, which he sadly had to decline. Navid received the fall 2018 and spring-summer 2019 College of the Arts' Faculty Research Incentive Awards, at the University of Florida. DAAD also awarded Navid a short-term grant for his upcoming two-month research residency in Germany during winter 2020–21.
Peter van Zandt Lane
James Paul Sain
Tolgahan Çoğulu - guitar
Laurent Estoppey - saxophones
Steven Stusek - saxophones
STACKS Duo - saxophones
Boston String Quartet
American Musicological Society
Society for American Music
German Studies Association
Gesellschaft für Musikforschung
Canadian University Music Society
International Ekmelik Music Society
Society of Composers ,Inc.