Wednesday, November 30, 2011
The band is from Basel, Austria, and is scheduling a tour in Germany / Benelux between the 3rd and the 8th of April, 2012.
If you know a club or a promoter that might be interested, please send these guys a little message at fido@FiDOplaysZAPPA.com.
I'm not 100% sure, but I think that it's a two-day-event, and that it will be on Friday 2012/02/10 & Saturday 2012/02/11.
Latest news says that the following bands are expected.
And they'll all be playing the music of Frank Zappa...
* The Norwegian brassensamble
* Muffin Men
and special guests Ike Willis and Denny Walley
Bad Doberan Germany
The latest Arf Newsletter says that the following bands probably will be playing at the next Zappanale festival
- Dead Dino Storage
- The Yellow Snow Crystals
- Jerry Outlaw & Friends
- Bogus Pomp
- Doctor Dark
- Quantum Fantay
- Jazzprojekt Hundehagen
- Humble Grumble
and maybe also
- Pojama People with Ike Willis
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Tuesday, November 29, 2011
- john litton baroï & pierre vervloesem: zala zala
(2000, cd, bel, carbon 7)
A bit over ten years ago, the Brussels-based Carbon 7 label released an album by John Litton Baroï.
John Litton Baroï was born in Bangladesh but lived in Brussels at the time. I don't have a clue where he lives nowadays. He might still live in Brussels. I don't have a clue.
"Zala Zala" featured Pierre Vervloesem who played a lot of freaky guitar, who also arranged all of Baroï's songs and who produced the disc. Besides John Litton Baroï and Pierre Vervloesem (who also played the bass), the album also featured Sandip Bhattacharva on tablas, Peter Vandenberghe on keyboards, and Didier Fontaine on very powerful, machine-like drumming.
Pierre Vervloesem's influence is very present. Presenting this album as a Baroï / Vervloesem collaboration was the least that they could do.
Picture and data have been added to the United Mutations Archives.
The actual date of this performance was 2009/04/24. Here's the complete listing for this concert.
- 2009/04/24 Jimmy Herring Band - concert 'The Handlebar', Greenville, SC, usa
Jimmy Herring - guitar * Oteil Burbridge - bass * Jeff Sipe - drums * Greg Osby - saxophone * Scott Kinsey - keyboards
New Moon, Transients, Speak No Evil, Augusta's Ankle, Utensil Oceans, Sophie, Zoot Allures (Frank Zappa), Splash, Grey Day, Scapegoat Blues, What If
Band Intros, Rainbow
A recording of this concert can be found on etree:
-- link: Jan van Kemenade
The Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen will conclude its 2011 World Tour with appearances in Israel and England. Details about this exciting manifestation of the Arkestra, which includes the 4th residency of the Sun Ra Arkestra at the Cafe Oto, are below:
December 3 - Barbie Club, Tel Aviv, Israel
December 6, 7, & 8 - Cafe Oto, London, England [December 8 is sold out]
December 10 - Band on the Wall, Manchester, England
December 11 - Butlin's Holiday Resort, Somerset, England
A very interesting interview with current Sun Ra Arkestra member Knoell Scott regarding his experiences with Sun Ra can be found at:
Also, Sun Ra Arkestra alumni Vincent Chancey discusses his introduction to Sun Ra, his first Arkestra rehearsal, and his first Arkestra gig in an interview in the December 2011 edition of The New York City Jazz Record. The article is on page 6 and can be downloaded at:
Monday, November 28, 2011
- moraine: metamorphic rock
(2011, usa, cd, moonjune records)
When the Moonjune Records released Moraine's "Manifest Density" in 2009, I was quite impressed.
We're 2011 now, and Moraine is back with "Metamorphic Rock", another excellent album.
Moraine plays fusionlike, instrumental progressive rock with a dash of world and eastern flavours.
Compared to their first release, the colour of their sound has changed a little bit, and the line-up did slightly change as well. Dennis Rea on guitar, Kevin Millard on bass & NS/stick, Alicia DeJoie on violin, James DeJoie on sax and flute and Stephen Cavit on drums and percussion.
The album was recorded live in concert at the 2010 edition of NEARfest. The sound is great and the performance is excellent. It's hard to believe that this was recorded live. The band plays very tight, very powerfull.
NEARfest, is one of the biggest festivals for progressive rock music fans. I'm pretty sure that Moraine made quite an impression. 2012 will see the last edition of NEARfest, byt the way, which is a shame as many great bands have performed there.
Moraine has a very unique and recognisable sound and "Metamorphic Rock" gives a perfect description of what you will get. Just listen to the below clip, and you'll immeditately hear what I mean.
Here's 'Save The Yuppie Breeding Grounds' from the very same NEARfest concert. The track could be already be found on "Manifest Density" and is now available on "Metamorphic Rock" in a live version.
- the residents: couchie brake special edition
(2011, 2cd, usa, ralph rz1110)
The Residents released "Couchie Brake - Special Edition" only a couple of weeks ago. This is the so-called special edition because it's a two CD set. The regular (single CD album) will be out next february.
There are two remarkable things about this album: one: it features Chuck, Bob and Carlos (plus special guests Nolan Cook and M.Villalobos), and second: it's not only subtitled "Sonidos De La Noche", but the story is told in Spanish, which adds some sort of other dimension...
I do like it, but I had not expected this.
The horrible thing about this release, however, is that it's a limited edition of 444 copies that is completely being sold through ebay. I don't like that. I like to buy my albums in a regular shop.
I wasn't too happy when I found out that The Residents were selling some of their new albums only at their shows. They didn't tour Yurrip, so how are we Yurripean fans going to get a copy? And now things are even getting worse with this ebay mess.
I don't like where this is going.
The book made me go back to a couple of Zappa albums (and concert recordings) that I hadn't listened to in a while.
Featuring new interviews with the surviving band members, a Foreword by Frank’s sister Candy, and an Afterword by his former secretary, Pauline Butcher (who interviewed Frank during the tour) - this is a must-read not only for Zappa fans but for anyone with an interest in playground psychology.
The book can be purchased from:
For more details - including excerpts, reviews and other nonsense - visit: http://www.facebook.com/ZappaTheHardWay
- sun ra: sun ra presents the qualities
(2011, 7", usa, norton records norton 169ep)
Originally issued in 1955, this rare doo-wop single now gets a re-release on Norton Records.
Norton already released a similar 7" two years ago with "I Am Strange / I Am An Instrument".
Vinyl isn't dead !!
- alessandra celletti: crazy girl blue
(2011, cd, usa, transparency 0362)
Italian pianist Alessandra Celletti has a new album out. "Crazy Girl Blue" is a collection of solo piano pieces.
As the album cover, the album title, and the titles of the various compositions suggest, "Crazy Girl Blue" invites you to an intimate world, Alessandra Celleti's fairyland.
The compositions are very melodical, very lyrical.
Noteworthy is track 5, 'Tra Una Stella E L'altra' that features Maurizio Mansueti on theremin. Excellent.
"Crazy Girl Blue" is a narrative and entertaining album.
I found it quite restful.
Nice. Very nice.
Out on the Transparency label.
- aka pygmies: nzomba
(1992, cd, bel, carbon 7)
In 1992, they released their first album, inspired by the methodology that the pygmies used in creating their music. It was the first release on the late Carbon 7 label.
The second Carbon 7 release, was a collection of recordings of the Aka Pygmies that had inspired Fabrizio Cassol, Michel Hatzigeorgiou and Stéphane Galland to record as Aka Moon.
These recordings were made by Fabrizio Cassol during their visit to the Central African Republic.
Consider the first Aka Moon album and this Aka Pygmies album a twin release.
- aka moon: live at vooruit
(1998, cd, bel, carbon 7)
'De Vooruit' is one of the famous concert halls in Belgium. It's located in Ghent.
Years ago, one could find the finest record store, Music Man, just across the street. Music Man has long been gone, but 'De Vooruit' is still there...
Aka Moon's "Live At Vooruit" captured the band in concert at 'De Vooruit'. This is one of Aka Moon's finest albums. If you come across it, you shouldn't hesitate.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
The Yellow Snow Crystals perform the music of Frank Zappa, with lyrics translated into German.
A number of new dates have been added !
- 2011/12/04 concert 'Theater K', Aachen, Germany
- 2011/12/21 concert 'Hauptquartier', Aachen, Germany
- 2012/01/06 concert 'Paradiso', Bremen, Germany
- 2012/01/07 concert 'Horner Eck', Bremen, Germany
- 2012/02/29 concert 'Steinbruch', Duisburg, Germany
- 2012/08/01 > 04 concert "Zappanale, Bad Doberan, Germany
Thursday, November 24, 2011
With a fine Zappa picture !!
-- info & link: Danny Mathys
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
and click on “Luister”
- ONEIDA – Almagest
- ELSA POPPING & HER PIXIELAND BAND – La cumparsita
- HENRI RENE & HIS ORCHESTRA – Roller coaster
- SPRUNG AUS DEN WOLKEN – Lion could be me
- DEATH IN VEGAS – Black lead
- THE FALL – I feel voxish
- !!! - Break in case of anything
- LEGENDARY PINK DOTS – Kitto
- MELT BANANA – Dog song
- THE ANTLERS – No widows
- JAKI LIEBEZEIT & DRUMS OFF CHAOS – On a can
- BLURT – Stage
- DOME – Twist up
- ZWISCHENFALL – Millionen
- THE (HYPOTHETICAL) PROPHETS – Back to Siberia
- THE CHAP – Nevertheless, the chap (Family Fodder remix)
- JAY PHLITMAN & KIM KANG – Brown
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
FiDO debugs TOO BIG TO FAIL in the 8Bar in Basel.
Fido Plays Zappa - Acoustic
Yellow Snow - Camarillo Muffin - Sofa - Dupree's Cleveland - Water Turn Black - Montana - Eat That Q - Trouble - Baltimore - Napkins - Evelyn - Zoot Allures - Teenage Wind - Cosmic - Flakes - Berdino Cajun & other contemporary material
Dave Muscheidt – Vocals, Ueli Pletscher – Tenor Saxofon & Flute, Christoph Huber – Trombone, Alex Hilbe – Alto & Baritone Saxofon, Dave Blaser – Trumpet , Oli Friedli – Piano & Keys, Martin Medimorec – Vibraphone, Marimba & Percusson, Steff Strittmatter – Guitar & Vocals, Pascal Grünenfelder – Bass & Vocals & Arrangements, Remy Sträuli – Drums & Vocals
Monday, November 21, 2011
The new album, "Grimm Reality" is up for listening over at
with a focus on PJ Harvey (and the Captain)
-- info: Zjakki Willems
and in NYC
Sunday, November 20, 2011
And there's more to Rijkevorsel. It's also the home of one of the finest jazz clubs: 'De Singer'. Coming up soon at De Singer is Endangered Blood, a quartet from NY that includes drummer Jim Black, bass player Trevor Dunn, and reed players Chris Speed and Oscar Noriega.
- aka moon with ictus: invisible mother
(1999, cd, bel, carbon 7)
November 1998, belgian avant-garde jazz band Aka Moon went into the studio with the Ictus Ensemble, famous for their performances of contemporary classical music. They recorded a number of pieces that were written by Fabrizio Cassol and combined traditional classical music with improvised music.
The result got released in 1999, and is fascinating.
Here's a track from the 1997 Ganesh album:
Thursday, November 17, 2011
ZAPPATiKA has been shortlisted to appear at the 2012 Hop Farm festival in Kent,UK. Wouldn't it be nice to turn on all those folks to a bit of Zappa and the more alternative side of alternative rock !?
Well, you can help to make it happen- just click the link ,listen to the songs and then vote for them - simple right?
2011/11/17 concert 'The York Barbican', North Yorkshire, UK
2011/11/18 concert 'The Sage', Gateshead, UK
2011/11/19 concert 'Picturehouse', Edinburgh, UK
2011/11/21 concert 'Philharmonic Hall', Liverpool, UK
2011/11/22 concert 'Bridgewater Hall', Manchester, UK
2011/11/23 concert 'Corn Exchange', Cambridge, UK
2011/11/24 concert 'Anvil',Basingstoke, UK
2011/11/26 concert 'Warwick Arts Centre', Coventry, UK
2011/11/27 concert 'De Montfort Hall', Leicester, UK
2011/11/28 concert 'New Theatre', Oxford, UK
2011/11/29 concert 'Barbican', London, UK
2011/11/30 concert 'Colston Hall', Bristol, UK
2011/12/01 concert 'Dome', Brighton, UK
And there's more good news as the the box mentions that the second volume "Sun Ra - The Eternal Myth Revealed - Volume Two - The Beginning Of A New Destiny" is scheduled for release next year...
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
I hope you don't mind this little note and that it finds you in good health and humor. I wanted to send out a little message to everyone regarding our current UK tour. It begins tomorrow in York. I hope to see many of you out at the shows over the next 2 weeks. Thanks for your continued support of this project.
For those of you who cannot make it to a show on this tour I thought you might like to know that the new double CD Dweezil Zappa - Live "In the Moment" is available to order online and will be in stock at the shows by the end of the UK run.
http://www.11345.com/by-band/dweezil-zappa.html(for u.s. buyers)
UK and rest of world buyers may order from Fantom Records
Thanks everyone, see you soon.
Monday, November 14, 2011
FRANKSGIVING TOUR 2011
- Ike Willis
- Andrew Walley
- Danny Paschall
- Scott Schroen
304 East Stone Avenue, Greenville, SC 29609
413 1st Street Southwest, Roanoke, VA 24011
The Boulevard Tavern
806 Kanawha Boulevard East, Charleston, WV 25301
Private Party - Charleston, WV
323 Stanley Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45226
11/22 - off
TBA - MI
11/24 - off
Reggies Live - 2 Nights
2105 South State Street Chicago, Illinois 60616
Reggies Live - 2 Nights
2105 South State Street Chicago, Illinois 60616
2501 S Superior St Milwaukee, WI 53207
Zappanale#23, 01.08.2012 - 04.08.2012
And the early birds will be rewarded as the first 150 tickets are only 115 €.
You can get your ticket(s) through email@example.com .
In the Amazon Review section, Bennet Theissen explains what you can expect, and what you shouldn't expect.
Lookin' forward to this box...
Sunday, November 13, 2011
"Jimmy Herring is an American guitarist who is currently the lead guitarist in the band Widespread Panic. Herring is a founding member of Aquarium Rescue Unit and Jazz is Dead. He has also played with the Allman Brothers Band, Project Z, Derek Trucks Band, and had a long and successful tenure with Phil Lesh and Friends as well as The Dead."
The Jimmy Herring Band has performed Frank Zappa's 'Zoot Allures' in concert, at 'The HandleBar' in Greenville, SC, USA.
-- info: Bo Hansen (over at FaceBook)
- various artists: the new universe
(2011, 2cd, usa, abstract logix)
November 20th and 21st, 2010, the city of Raleigh (in North Carolina, USA) hosted the New Universe Music Festival. A treat, as participants included Alex Machacek, Jimmy Herring and John McLaughlin, to name just three.
Highlights of the festival were released on this impressive 2CD set. I'm not the biggest fan of compilations / various artist albums, but for "The New Universe" I'll gladly make an exception.
Samples and more:
- gary lucas & gods and monsters: the ordeal of civility
(2011, cd, usa, knitting factory kfr1111cd)
More data for the United Mutations Archives.
Last May, Gary Lucas, the man of 1001 projects, released another album of his fabulous Gods and Monsters band. I know. I probably say this too often. But this is another fine album. If you're familiar with Gary's work, you know that you'll need to hear this.
"The Ordeal Of Civility" is out on the Knitting Factory label.
The below vid gives a little preview.
- jonathan davis and the sfa: alone i play / live at the union chapel
(2011, cd + dvd, eu, music in motion mim 003-2)
More data are being pasted into the United Mutations Archives.
Lead singer and frontman of metalband Korn, Jonathan Davis' solo project is entitled Jonathan Davis and the Simply Fucking Amazings. To date, the band has released two albums: "Alone I Play" in 2007, and "Alone I Play / Live At The Union Chapel" in 2011.
The SFA band features Lakshmirnarayana Shankar, the violinist who performed and recorded with John McLauglin in the early seventies, and who recorded his first solo album on Frank Zappa's record label.
For my taste, this Jonathan Davis album is OK, but I would have liked to hear a bit more of Shankar (or Shenkar as he calls himself nowadays).
Here's a bit of Lakshmirnarayana Shankar from 1985 !!
Friday, November 11, 2011
- lazuli: s/t
(1999, cd, france, bzz025)
French prog-rock band Lazuli released their first album in 1999. It would take the band a couple of years to get noticed by a bigger public, but on this self-titled disc, the typical Lazuli sound is already present.
Data and picture have been added to the United Mutations Archives.
2011/11/12 * George Duke Quartet * Aschaffenburg * Germany * Colossaal
2011/11/13 * George Duke Quartet * Berlin * Germany * A-Trane
2011/11/15 * George Duke Quartet * Paris * France * New Morning
2011/11/16 * George Duke Quartet * Paris * France * New Morning
2011/11/18 * George Duke Quartet * Greve * Denmark * Portalen
2011/11/19 * George Duke Quartet * Gothenburg * Sweden * Nefertiti
2011/11/20 * George Duke Quartet * Stockholm * Sweden * Faschings
2011/11/21 * George Duke Quartet * Stockholm * Sweden * Faschings
2011/11/22 * George Duke Quartet * Amsterdam * Netherlands * Mc Theater
2011/11/23 * George Duke Quartet * Rotterdam * Netherlands * Lantaren Venster
2011/11/24 * George Duke Quartet * London * England * Jazz Cafe
2011/11/25 * George Duke Quartet * London * England * Jazz Cafe
Join Scott Parker, Andrew Greenaway, Pauline Butcher and Nigey Lennon on PodCast !!
"And now the thrilling conclusion! In this final part of our three-part look at the 1971 Vaudeville band, we hear some great music from the Fall 1971 European "disaster tour". We also get a golden opportunity to chat with Pauline Butcher about her new book FREAK OUT! MY LIFE WITH FRANK ZAPPA and the legendary Nigey Lennon reads a chapter from her book BEING FRANK - MY TIME WITH FRANK ZAPPA. Add to that some exciting Zappa news and you've got yourself an exciting ZappaCast! "
Latest news says that comic book artists, and participants to the Zappa expo, Bettina Egger, Augel and Bé will be present.
They have just updated their blog with some new material, so please do take a peek:
FBPO: What lies ahead for your career? What else can your fans look forward to seeing and hearing from John Wetton in the future?
John Wetton: I have a busy touring year in 2012, as a solo artist, with UK (Eddie Jobson and Terry Bozzio) and with Asia. It is Asia's 30th anniversary, so lots of good things will be happening. I will also be working with Steve Hackett, but my first date as John Wetton will be in the Midlands of England in January 2012. After that, I'm off to Tokyo and Osaka.
-- info: Andreas Hosse
The latest Chickenfoot album, III, with Joe Satriani, Chad Smith, Michael Anthony & Sammy Hager, has been released as a magazine / CD package by Future Publishing in the UK.
The magazine is filled with interviews, pictures and articles, and the CD has two live bonus tracks.
Ordering the mag/CD pack through the Planet Rock website would have resulted in a bonus CD with interviews with the different bandmembers....
- kira small & bryan beller: live at the white house
(2011, cd, usa, mermaid holler records mh-240501)
"Live At The White House" caught Kira Small and (husband) Bryan Beller on tour in 2010, live at the 'Timucua White House' in Orlando, Florida.
I'm listenening to the album for the first time as I'm typing this. Haven't even listened to the entire record yet, as I'm only half way, but I can already tell you that it's worth a listen.
Kira is a great songwriter. She has a beautiful, soulful voice (and when I say 'soulful' I really mean 'soulful') and plays some great keyboards. Bryan, as you should know, is a fabulous bass player. He adds some great music and plays some excellent fuzz bass solos (and John Patitucci 's 'Backwoods' for solo bass guitar !!).
Together, Kira Small and Bryan Beller make up a great duo. They have fun and play some great music.
Fans of funky R&B and soul music should really check it out.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
- slivovitz: bani ahead
(2011, cd, usa, moonjune records)
Dear friends and relatives, the new Slivovitz album has arrived !
With "Bani Ahead", Slivovitz has released their third album. Their second on the MoonJune Records label.
Mixing angular, polyrhythmic progressive-rock with balkan influenced melodies and jazz solos, Slivovitz has developed a typical and recognisable style. Add to this the beautiful instrumentation (guitar, bass, drums, trumpet, sax, violin and harmonica) and you might get an idea of what to expect from this italian septet.
'Egiziaca', the opening track, immediately sets the tone. This is fun. The song rocks and includes a fabulous harmonica solo. Wow.
'Cleopatra Through' is another composition by sax guitar player Pietro Santangelo. The trumpet and the saxophone play the melody line and violinist Riccardo Villari takes the solo. Great.
The third track, 'Fat', is composed by bass guitar player Domenico Angarano and it's my favourite track. It combines a beautiful lyrical melody with fun solos by guitarist Marcello Giannini and harmonica player Derek Di Peri.
'Vascello' was penned by Marcello Giannini and takes a more jazz direction. Quirky stuff. I love it.
The album continues with '02-09' (Giannini). The tracks starts rather slow and quiet, but quickly turns into the most energetic composition of the album. And it's Pietro Santangelo (on sax) and Ciro Riccardi (on trumpet) who play the solos.
'Opus Focus' (Santangelo) actually is the shortest track on the album. It's a short, sweet and calm, almost solo, saxophone piece.
Next up is the title piece 'Bani Ahead' (Santangelo). This time, the focus lies on the Balkan influences.
And the disc ends with Marcello Giannini's 'Pocho'. Again, a song that combines polyrhythms, a beautiful melody and an impressive solo.
"Bani Ahead" will invite you to multiple listening sessions. I have listened to the album at least five times since last week, and it keeps putting a smile on my face.
Fans of angular, zappa-esque progressive or jazz-rock music will not be disappointed.
And be sure to read the interview with Pietro Santangelo
Friday, November 4, 2011
October 31, 2011, The JCB Memorial BBQ Band performed a Jimmy Carl Black memorial concert at 'The Grapes' in Liverpool.
The JCB Memorial BBQ Band consisted of musicians whose names you might have encountered in Muffin Men or Wizards Of Twiddly line-ups.
- Mike Smith
- Martin Smith
- Tilo Pirnbaum
- Andy Frizell
and special guest
- Dave Owen
Video footage of the band performing Frank Zappa's 'Love Of My Life' and 'Trouble Every Day' circulate on FaceBook.
Data has been added to the U.M. Archives.
During the festival several expos are held in and around De Warande, Turnhout’s cultural centre.
And I am happy to tell you that the next edition of Strip Turnhout will feature “Freak Out In Turnhout”, an expo by the C.I.A., a french group of comic book artists.
The C.I.A. (Confrérie Intergalactique des Arts) will present comics by artists from all around the globe that have been inspired by (the music of) the late Frank Zappa.
And to make it even more interesting, composer & trumpet player Bart Maris (X-Legged Sally, Think Of One, Flat Earth Society) has agreed to perform at the expo on Saturday afternoon (at 16.00 h).
Wowie Zowie. This will be great.
when: Saturday & Sunday, December 10 & 11, 2011
where: café ‘De Wemeling’, Kasteelplein 29, Turnhout, Belgium
The Bart Maris concert = Saturday afternoon at 16.00 h
See you there.
and click on “Luister” to enjoy
- PETER BLEGVAD & JOHN GREAVES – The only song
- ELECTRELANE – Carolina Wren
- PETER VERMEERSCH – Papegaai is ziek
- HOLGER CZUKAY, JAH WOBBLE & JAKI LIEBEZEIT – Mystery R.P.S. (N°8)
- DEMETRIO STRATOS – Metrodora segmenti tre
- ORTHOTONICS – Whack-a-mole
- YACHT – One step
- HONEYMOON KILLERS – Décollage
- DIE SCHAISSERS – Mach mich eine Spritze
- LOLA PUTS SAND ON FIRE – Ergens naar toe?
- DER PLAN – Es piept
- NEGATIVLAND – Truth in advertising
- JAD FAIR – Monster Island
- JAMES BLOOD ULMER – TV Blues
- OUT HUD – The song so good they named it thrice
Thursday, November 3, 2011
- per tjernberg: music is my salvation
(2011, cd, sweden, country & eastern ce18)
Per Tjernberg is a swedish percussionist and composer. His latest album, "Music Is My Salvation", is a brand-new release on the Country & Eastern label.
"Music Is My Salvation" is a treat for the ears and mind. Elements of contemporary classical music, world music and jazz are blended into one big musical journey.
The first two tracks on the album make up 'The Pythagoras Suite'. Part one, entitled 'The Secret Society Of Sounds', has the perfect title. It's a beautiful 10-minute piece in which a percussive soundscape slowly turns into a conversation between the brass instruments. The second part, 'The Believers', is far more jazzy and it will turn many Zappa-fan's head. The choice of instruments is great and I love the sound of the xylophone.
Track three, 'Vertical Horizons', continues in the same vain: jazzy with lots of vibraphone & marimba. This is good...
The album continues with 'The Gardens Of Obatalá', a piece with an eastern influenced intro that morphs into a great, catchy jazzy, funky tune.
The next track, 'Portrait Of Malin', is one of my favourite pieces on this disc and not only because of the superb harmonica solo by Mats Öberg. It has a beautiful, bluesy melody and some fine improvisations.
The disc continues with 'Kjell Westling / Miniature' and with 'Kalimba Interlude', the latter being shortest composition on the album. It's a solo piece by Per Tjernberg, performed on an african thumb piano.
The disc ends with 'Rejoice Be Thankful Rejoice Make A Joyous Noise', a soulful and happy piece. The perfect ending of a great album.
"Music Is My Salvation" is a beautiful album. It's quiet, yet jazzy. It's soothing, yet cheerful. I like it a lot.
In his liner notes, Per Tjernberg says:
"Or, as Frank Zappa simply put it: "Music is the best".
That doesn't mean that nothing else matters, but that it is the realization of what we can only dream of.."
I can't agree more.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
The Show Must Go On, A Tribute to Freddie Mercury
A benefit for the AIDS Project LA
Featuring, performing the music of Queen:
Mike Keneally, Rick Musallam, Brendon Small, Bear McCreary, Pete Griffin, Joe Travers, Raya Yarbrough and Felice Hernandez
The Roxy Theatre
9009 West Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA
Showtime: 9:00 p.m.
Tickets $35, all ages welcome
Friday, November 18, 2011
Mike Keneally and the 52-piece CalArts Orchestra
United States Premiere
The Universe Will Provide
Preceded by a set from Mike Keneally, Rick Musallam and Doug Lunn
REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theatre
(Located in the Walt Disney Concert Hall Complex)
631 West 2nd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Showtime: 8:30 p.m.
General admission $20, Students $20, CalArts Students $12
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
The Haircuts' Holiday Toy Drive Show!
The Haircuts (Mike Keneally, Rick Musallam, and Nick D'Virgilio),
Steel Toed Slippers, and Heather Stewart
6010 West Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035-2625
21 and over
Doors: 7 p.m., Showtime: 8 p.m.
Bring a toy for kids to enjoy!
Friday, December 16, 2011
with Mike Keneally, Kofi Baker and Robbie Pagliari
Brick By Brick
1130 Buenos Avenue
San Diego, CA 92110
Showtime: 8:00 PM
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Mike Keneally Band
The Baked Potato
3787 Cahuenga Blvd. West
Studio City, CA 91604
Note change from the usual MKB Potato schedule:
Two shows: 9:00 & 11:00
Admission $20 per show
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Mike Keneally Band
Zoellner Arts Center
420 East Packer Avenue
Bethlehem, PA 18015-3006
A benefit festival, featuring John Trubee & The Ugly Janitors of America
Friday December 2, 2011
Rock-It Room (Upstairs)
406 Clement Street - bet. 5th and 6th
San Francisco, California
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
-- info: Andreas Hosse
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- GANG GANG DANCE – Glass jar
- NURSE WITH WOUND – Cooloorta moon
- PRAXIS – Blast / War machine dub
- ADOLF & EVA – Det is nu wehf
- THOMAS DOLBY – Airwaves
- HEMATIC SUNSETS – Tristesse aromatique
- HOLY FUCK – Latin America
- STEREO-TOTAL – L’appareil à sous
- RITA PAVONE – Viva la pappa col pomodoro
- BROADCAST & THE FOCUS GROUP – Ritual / Looking in
- LIARS – The other side of my heart attack
- THE WOODEN SHJIPS – Death’s not your friend
- VOGEL & IVOR CUTLER – Good morning
- INTERIOR – Reply
- TON LEBBINK – Vol gas!
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2011/10/29 concert 'CC Muziek Café', Amsterdam, NL
That Ol' G-Minor / Santana Thing, Magic Fingers, Wino Man, Chunga's Revenge, The Slime, My Guitar Wants 2 Kill Yer Momma, Sexual Harrassment, Dirty Love, Cozmik Debris, Peaches En Regalia, City Of Tiny Lites, Sleep Dirt, Titties n Beer, Stinkfoot, We Are Not Alone, Broken Hearts Are For Assholes, Watermelon In Easter Hay, The Torture Never Stops, Whippin Post, Black Napkins / Muffin Men
When the Cuneiform label hosts a festival, you just know that it has to be good.
In other words, if you happen to be around NYC somewhere between November 15 and November 30, you know what you should do.
CUNEIFEST IN NEW YORK CITY
- Festival Details -
16 Avenue C
NYC, NY 10009
Two sets/artists a night at
8:00pm and 10:00pm
$10.00 per set (unless otherwise noted).
- Ideal Bread
- Roswell Rudd
(backed by Ideal Bread)
- Joel Forrester's Secret Identity
(with special Microscopic Septet guests)
- Revolutionary Snake Ensemble
- Positive Catastrophe
- Jason Adasiewicz's Rolldown
- The Claudia Quintet + 1
(with special guest Theo Bleckmann)
- Upsilon Acrux • Afuche
- The Mahavishnu Project
- Hamster Theatre
- Thinking Plague
- Cellular Chaos
- Jason Robinson's Janus Band
- Carlo De Rosa's Cross-fade
- Dead Cat Bounce
- Birdsongs of the Mesozoic
- Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores
(with special guest Jason Moran)
- Forever Einstein
- Doctor Nerve