Zappanale is not just a festival, it is an important part of my life.
The absolute highlight of the 20th edition of the festival, especially from a nostaligic point of view, was the Grande Mothers concert: Napoleon Murphy Brock, Don Preston, Roy Estrada (plus Robbie 'Seahag' Mangano and Chris Garcia) playing the music of Frank Zappa.
It was great to see those guys on stage again.
As you know, some of the Zappanale concerts get recorded and are made available in very limited quantities (20 copies). They are sold at the festival, during the festival, and most of these are gone in a couple of hours time.
This years batch looks very impressive: Grande Mothers, Project/Object, Sheik Yerbouti, Acid Mothers Guru Guru Gong, and more.
The crew also recorded Discus, Steve Hillage and Gong, but they didn't get permission from these bands to release the material.
So here's the Grande Mothers DVDR. An historical event.
- the grande mothers: zappanale 20
(2009, dvdr, ger, private release)