A message from André Cholmondeley
Hello and a quick note to inform you.......Project/Object is back on the road next week!!
Yes indeed....Humor Does Belong In Music...we all need a laugh or two in these times...
Hope to see you on our Fall Northeast Tour (Sorry west coast , southeast, midwest..just a quick one (while we're away!)
We're proud to be bring along once again......from the 1978- 1988 Zappa Tour and albums ..... Ike Willis & Ray White !!!
We also want to thank YOU again for making us the LONGEST running, internationally touring band playing Zappa's music, outside of the man himself!
We look forward to another fantastic time with Ike Willis and Ray White, who together and separately toured and recorded with Zappa from 1976-1988. Our desire is to bring you, Zappa fans...your favorite alumni as often as possible.
We're also very proud that still, Project/Object is unique amongst Zappa tribute bands: we celebrate EVERY era of Zappa's music, not just selected periods.
Ike Willis held the longest tenure of any of Zappa's lead vocalists. His career with Frank began in the role of "Joe" on the Zappa masterpiece Joe's Garage, and he continued to record and tour with Zappa, appearing on almost every Zappa tour and album after 1978, playing an integral role in Frank's final tour in 1988. The 1988 tour is considered to be Zappa's most historic and one that he richly represented to his fan base in several live recordings.
Ray White joined Zappa's band in the fall of 1976, on guitar and vocals. Ray and Ike formed a memorable vocal harmony partnership on later tours. Ray also participated on the albums Zappa in New York, Tinsel Town Rebellion, You Are What You Is, and several others with Ike Willis.
These Project/Object shows will celebrate the legendary tour, live album and DVD that Ray and Ike were such a huge part of: "DOES HUMOR BELONG IN MUSIC ?".
We say "Yes it certainly does!!"
Frank Zappa is increasingly being seen as one of the 20th Century's most important composers. His effect on the modern music landscape is undeniable. For over TWENTY YEARS, It's been our mission in Project/Object to bring this music to our amazing, supportive and FELLOW Zappa fans, as well as eager new ears
As we hit this milestone year -- we are proud to say we are still ALONE amongst the various Zappa Tribute bands in that we've performed over the past 20 yrs with at least fifteen of Zappa's legendary alumni. I
On this tour Ike and Ray will add their incredible voices and guitar playing to the mix, delighting fans yet again with a diverse setlist, including a special focus on the 1984 Tour.
NEWS FLASH.....!! DRUMMER GREGG BENDIAN ONBOARD FOR THIS TOUR!!
This tour also marks the first time Project/Object will tour with a close friend and previous P/O guest - composer and drummer/percussionist Gregg Bendian.
Gregg is well known as a boundary crossing music conceptualist and composer. He's released many highly regarded solo albums, and leads his own repertory group "The Mahavishnu Project" who perform, of course, the music of McLaughlin in the classic Mahavishnu years.
Gregg has recorded and toured with many incredible artists including Nels Cline, Derek Bailey, and The Musical Box, the well know Genesis Tribute. In the difficult to label, but modern jazz world he's worked and recorded with John Zorn, Mark Ribot, William Parker, Cecil Taylor & Pat Metheny.
Recently (spring & summer 2012), Gregg has performed a number of concerts in Todd Rundgren's band, and at his summer camp. A longtime Zappa fanatic, he will bring his unique touch and diverse percussive precision to the bandstand. Yet another connection to Zappa is Gregg's work with Beefheart guitarists Zoot Horn Rollo and Gary Lucas.
GREGG BENDIAN LINKS
SEPTEMBER 2012 - The Music of Frank Zappa & more WITH IKE WILLIS AND RAY WHITE!!
19 Wed Jazz Cafe - Plains PA
20 Thu Mexicali Live Teaneck NJ
21 Fri Iridium Jazz Club NYC NY
22 Sat Iridium Jazz Club NYC NY
23 Sun StageOne Fairfield CT
25 Tue Iron Horse Northampton MA
26 Wed Blockley Philly PA
27 Thu The Bayou Albany NY
28 Fri Nectars S. Burlington VT
29 Sat Arch St Tavern Hartford CT
Project/Object Sept 2012 Tour Band members:
Ike Willis: Guitar & Vocals
Ray White: Guitar & Vocals
Andre' Cholmondeley: Guitar & Vocals
Kendall Scott: Keyboards & Synthesizers
Max Johnson: Bass
Gregg Bendian: Drums & Percussion