Wednesday, June 23, 2021

VIRTUAL CONCERT BY THE DON PRESTON TRIO

From GlassOnyon PR

Mothers of Invention Keyboard Legend! The Don Preston Trio To Play Virtual Concert at The World Stage on July 2, 2021


Mothers of Invention keyboard legend Don Preston and his Trio will be performing a free-form Virtual Concert at The World Stage on July 2, 2021!

Don Preston leads a life filled with music, innovation, and experimentation. “Groundbreaking” is a phrase that is clearly overused…with Don it rings true. One of the first performers to drag a pile of oscillators and filters onstage, he brought his classical training to the avant-garde. In the early 60s a weird guy named Frank Zappa would come to see Don’s “electronic music with films of bacterial life” shows in Los Angeles. Don was soon in Zappa’s radical new group The Mothers Of Invention, touring and playing on classics like “We're Only In It For The Money” and “Roxy & Elsewhere” from 1966 to 1973.

Don’s played with everyone from Elvin Jones to The Residents, Jack Bruce and Robbie Krieger. His keyboard solos on Zappa albums, as well as countless soundtracks like Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, are considered ground-breaking moments in synthesizer music history.

Still very active in his 80’s, Don was there for the dawn of electronic musical performance, and today grafts new technologies into his experimental palette with software synths & iPhone apps, blending jazz, rock, comedy, magic and ambient synths into a captivating performance.

Don has performed with artists like: Frank Zappa, Lou Rawls, Al Jarreau, Nat King Cole, Billy Daniels, Johnnie Ray, Vaughn Monroe, Connie Francis, Herbie Mann, Elvin Jones, Charlie Haden, Art Davis, Paul Bley, Carla Bley, Joe Beck, Shorty Rogers, Leo Sayer, Charles Lloyd, Nelson Riddle, J.R. Monterose, Flo & Eddie (Howard Kaylan & Mark Volman of The Turtles) Yusef Lateef, Don Ellis, Meredith Monk, Bobby Bradford, Michael Mantler, John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

The Don Preston Trio:

  • Don Preston - pianoforte, prepared piano, synths, and what knots
  • Anders Swanson - acoustic bass
  • Christopher Garcia - El Monstro, percussion

Friday July 2, 2021
THE DON PRESTON TRIO@THE WORLD STAGE

THE WORLD STAGE SITE
 http://theworldstage.org/events.html
THE WORLD STAGE ON FACEBOOK
 https://www.facebook.com/theworldstage/
THE WORLD STAGE YOUTUBE CHANNEL
 https://www.youtube.com/c/TheWorldStage/featured?app=desktop


DROUILLARD / ELIEZ / COQUARD / COQUARD PERFORM ZAPPA

At Le Triton in Paris, France
Friday, July 16, 2021 - 20H30 - SALLE 1
DROUILLARD / ELIEZ / COQUARD / COQUARD
"Zappa's Songs"

They released the album last year.


-- info: Luuk on FB

 

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

FLAT EARTH SOCIETY - BOGGAMASTA III

  • flat earth society: boggamasta III
        (2021, 2lp, belgium, igloo)
Peter Vermeersch and David Bovée have released the follow-up to the 2017 "Boggamasta" album.
The digital download has been available for a couple of weeks, but now, the vinyl is out as well.

Amazing modern big band music in a beautiful package but do keep in mind that the vinyl edition only offers 8 of the 10 tracks.


 

JEAN BOURGUIGNON


Belgian comic book artists and illustrator Jean Bourguignon is preparing a comic that features Frank Zappa.
It will be published in La Gazette Du Rock.

http://maisondurock.blogspot.com/p/la-gazette-du-rock.html

More info soon.


CORI JACOBS RECORDED A FRANK ZAPPA TRIBUTE

L.A.-based keyboard player and composer Cori Jacobs released a track entitled ‘Zappa’ on his “O.1.K” mini album.
Cori added:
“Frank Zappa is an influence of mine because he was a visionary. Self taught, in the beginning, like me, he learned to read and write his compositions down. I named track 3 on my "O.1.K" album 'Zappa' in tribute to Frank.
Frank also employed another huge influence of mine, George Duke. My favorite track, with George Duke on it, is Inca Roads.
I met Dweezil Zappa auditioning for a tour with him playing his fathers music and it was a joy to jam Inca Roads with him.”

Out on Bandcamp. Check out his amazing version of  'Toxic' and the inspired 'Zappa' piece.


 

Monday, June 21, 2021

ECKART RUNGE & JACQUES AMMON

from Eckart Rung's website:

in the discography section :

Revolutionary Icons – 2021
Eckart Runge & Jacques Ammon
Beethoven, Winehouse, Hendrix, Bowie, Zappa, Wonder
Berlin Classics / EDEL
Release: 13. August 2021

I guess this features pieces from their recent "Roll Over Beethoven" concert series as that included Frank Zappa's 'BeBop Tango'.


UMPHREY'S MCGEE

 Umphrey's McGee performed Frank Zappa's 'Dirty Love' as an encore last Saturday.

More info & full audio :

https://www.jambase.com/article/umphreys-mcgee-frank-zappa-red-rocks#

The recording is available from Archive dot org:

https://archive.org/details/um2021-06-19.FLAC


THE WRONG OBJECT

 a message from the Off Records label:

For those interested, I have received from the band The Wrong Object 5x cd Zappa Jawaka and 5x cd Into the Herd..... Those are the very last pieces...

stilll-off.bandcamp.com/album/zappa-jawaka

stilll-off.bandcamp.com/album/into-the-herd



UNTERSUCHUNGEN ZUR MUSIKALISCHEN SPRACHE VON FRANK ZAPPA


  • rebell, komponist, genie: untersuchungen zur musikalischen sprache von frank zappa
    by stefan ullmann
        (2019, book, --, books on demand / private release) - november 2019
In German.

The last couple of years, Stefan Ullman has made several books available discussing Frank Zappa's music. Some of these are translations, others are re-issues with a different cover.
If I'm not mistaken, the above pictured book is a re-issue of :


It takes a closer look at FZ's 'The Black Page no.1' and 'Inca Roads'.


ZAPPOSTROPHE

It's not the most recent issue, as the Czech Frank Zappa Fan Club recently released issue #144, but people who like little black dots might want to know that issue #141 of Zappostrophe includes Martin Kostas' complete transcription (re-arrangement) of Frank Zappa's version of Ravel's Bolero.