- inventionis mater trio feat. napoleon murphy brock: zappa spielt für bach
(2018, cd, ger,sjs edition nr. 9)
The SJS association (Stiftung Johann-Sebastian Bach) started organising the "Zappa Plays For Bach" concerts in 2008. Bands, ensembles and Zappa alumni would perform the music of Frank Zappa in support of rebuilding the organ at the St.Katharinenkirche in Hamburg.
These concerts take place at St.Katharinen, two days before the actual Zappanale festival starts, so they're considered sort of an opener for the festival.
This was the tenth anniversary. With Inventionis Mater (including Valentina Ciardelli on double bass!) and Napoleon Murphy Brock (who performed at the first concert of the Zappa Plays For Bach series).
This is the sixth album with material from Zappa Plays For Bach and it's superb.
Andrea Pennati's performance (arranged for solo guitar) of FZ's 'Watermelon In Easter Hay' is just awesome. Pierpaolo Romani's arrangements of two pieces of Stravinsky's "L'histoire Du Soldat" are great. Valentina Ciardelli's tribute to Stravinsky (called 'Igor') is beautiful, and I'm not even mentioning all the other Zappa pieces that they performed.
Inventionis Mater's "Zappa Spielt Für Bach" album is something every Zappa fan will enjoy.