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Sep 30, 2018
ParisFrance

Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg

Show Notes: 

ZAPPA WEEKEND - 200 MOTELS - THE SUITES

A translation to the stage of 200 Motels, Frank Zappa’s wild and wonderful film exploring the life of a rock band on tour, 200 Motels - The Suites is an impressive musical-theatrical saga, performed for the first time in France.

Léo Warynski, conductor

Coproduction T&M, Festival Musica Strasbourg, Théâtre de Nîmes, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg, Les Métaboles, Philharmonie de Paris.

Venue: 
Philharmonie De Paris
4:30 PM
Sep 29, 2018
ParisFrance

Ensemble Intercontemporain

Show Notes: 

ZAPPA WEEKEND - THE YELLOW SHARK

In 1984, the Ensemble Intercontemporain recorded The Perfect Stranger, a score written by Frank Zappa. Heir of Pierre Boulez, Matthias Pinscher presents a programme centred around the whimsical, mustachioed musician’s work.

Coproduction Ensemble Intercontemporain, Philharmonie de Paris

Setlist: 
The Dog Breath Variations / Uncle Meat (for chamber orchestra)
Naval Aviation In Art?
Dupree's Paradise
Get Whitey (for orchestra)
G-Spot Tornado (for orchestra)
The Perfect Stranger (for Chamber Orchestra)
Venue: 
Philharmonie De Paris
8:30 PM
Sep 29, 2018
Long BeachCA, USA

Long Beach Symphony Orchestra

Show Notes: 

Eckart Preu, conductor

Setlist: 
G-Spot Tornado (for orchestra)
Venue: 
Long Beach Terrace Theater
7:00 PM
Sep 29, 2018
ParisFrance

Ensemble Intercontemporain

Show Notes: 

ZAPPA WEEKEND - THE GRAND WAZOO

Frank Zappa, « The Grand Wazoo », s’est amusé de tout. Musicien ouvert à une très grande variété de styles, il fut l’admirateur de nombreux compositeurs du XXe siècle. Ce concert est conçu comme une expédition dans sa tête kaléidoscopique, entre esprit de satire, doo-wop et musique contemporaine.

Matthias Pintscher, conductor

Pour ceux qui souhaitent explorer l'univers de l'artiste avant le concert, un atelier de préparation a lieu le samedi 29 septembre à 9h30. 

Coproduction Ensemble Intercontemporain, Philharmonie de Paris

Setlist: 
The Grand Wazoo
Venue: 
Philharmonie De Paris
11:00 AM
Aug 23, 2018
GalashielsUnited Kingdom

Pygmy Twylyte - An Evening Of Zappa Classics

Show Notes: 

Pygmy Twylyte, with the help of special guest Ben Thomas (formerly of Zappa Plays Zappa), present you with a smorgasbord of Frank Zappa classics from his enormous back catalogue. This very special gig sees the band unite with the LA based multi-instrumentalist and singer for an unmissable evening of music! Zappa's 70's and 80's work is the main showcase, though there is the occasional foray into his earlier 60's material. Expect to hear some well-known tunes such as "Cosmik Debris", "Stinkfoot" and “Outside Now”, interspersed with instrumentals like "Black Napkins" and “Zoot Allures”. The eight-strong band will surely bring something to suit everyone’s tastes (and maybe even some poodles, dental floss, snowballs, devils, and a low-rent monster from the silver-screen on the side...) ARF!

Venue: 
MacArts Centre
7:30 PM
Aug 22, 2018
EdinburghUnited Kingdom

Pygmy Twylyte - Absolutely (Not) Free – Special Extra Show

Show Notes: 

Special additional show featuring former Zappa Plays Zappa vocalist/instrumentalist Ben Thomas, who will be opening the show with his own material and then joining the band for... a smorgasbord of Frank Zappa classics hand-delivered by those finest purveyours of conceptual continuity, Pygmy Twylyte! Expect pickles, poodles, dental floss, muffins, snowballs and stinky feet! !  Presented as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Venue: 
Henry's Cellar Bar
8:00 PM
Aug 15, 2018
EdinburghUnited Kingdom

Pygmy Twylyte - Absolutely (Not) Free

Show Notes: 

A smorgasbord of Frank Zappa classics hand-delivered by those finest purveyors of conceptual continuity, Pygmy Twylyte! Expect pickles, poodles, dental floss, muffins, snowballs and stinky feet! Two nights only!!  Presented as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Venue: 
Henry's Cellar Bar
9:00 PM
Aug 14, 2018
EdinburghUnited Kingdom

Pygmy Twylyte - Absolutely (Not) Free

Show Notes: 

A smorgasbord of Frank Zappa classics hand-delivered by those finest purveyors of conceptual continuity, Pygmy Twylyte! Expect pickles, poodles, dental floss, muffins, snowballs and stinky feet! Two nights only!  Presented as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Venue: 
Henry's Cellar Bar
9:00 PM
Jul 24, 2018
Verbania VBItaly

Accademia del Teatro alla Scala

Show Notes: 

Stressa Festival

F. ZAPPA, The Yellow Shark
Première in Italy

The Dog Breath Variations; Uncle Meat; Outrage at Valdez; Times beach II (brass quintet version); The girl in the Magnesium Dress; Be-Bop tango; Ruth is sleeping (piano solo); None of the Above (string quintet); Pentagon Afternoon; Questi cazzi di piccione; Times beach III (brass quintet version); Pound for a Brown; Exercise #4; Get Whitey; G-Spot Tornado

This concert marks the première in Italy of Frank Zappa’s last music project, The Yellow Shark, dated 1993, issued in a CD before his death. His use of a classical ensemble illustrates the outstanding creativity of this great American guitarist. He has no trouble tackling a contemporary piece but never loses his eclectic gift for producing a personal language that is always recognisable. Zappa’s stature comes through in every single item of this exceptional work, the musical testament of a great artist who left us too early.

Venue: 
Il Maggiore
8:00 PM
Jun 26, 2018
Studio CityCA, USA

MANX!! Performs the music of Frank Zappa

Show Notes: 

MANX!!
An Evening Of Music From The Great American Composer Frank Zappa
in collaboration with the guys from Zappa Plays Zappa

Jamie Kime…Guitar
Pete Griffin…Bass
Ben Thomas…Vocals
Matt Rohde…Keys
Gergo Borlai…Drums

Venue: 
The Baked Potato
9:30 PM
May 13, 2018
KielGermany

Theater Kiel

Show Notes: 

Freak Out! Tribute to Frank Zappa

Conductor Daniel Carlberg

Setlist: 
G-Spot Tornado (for orchestra)
Peaches En Regalia (for orchestra)
Questi Cazzi Di Piccione
Get Whitey (for orchestra)
The Adventures Of Greggery Peccary
Outrage at Valdez (for ensemble)
Be-Bop Tango (for chamber orchestra)
The Dog Breath Variations / Uncle Meat (for chamber orchestra)
The Girl in the Magnesium Dress (for chamber ensemble)
Venue: 
Konzertsaal Kieler Schloss
8:00 PM
Apr 28, 2018
PhiladelphiaPA, USA

Orchestra 2001

Show Notes: 

THE YELLOW SHARK

Orchestra 2001 will present the Philadelphia premiere of the genre-defying 17-movement, 75-minute piece composition The Yellow Shark, by maverick American composer and rock guitarist Frank Zappa, in the 25th anniversary year of the album’s release and of Zappa’s death.

Venue: 
The Fillmore
7:00 PM
Apr 22, 2018
PhiladelphiaPA, USA

Orchestra 2001

Show Notes: 

ZAPPA'S RADICAL CLASSICAL ROOTS

Orchestra 2001 and Artistic Director Jayce Ogren explore Zappa’s Radical Classical Roots in a World Café Live concert that pairs selections of Zappa’s chamber music with works by contemporary classical composers who were influential to his artistic development: Edgard Varèse, Pierre Boulez, Igor Stravinsky, and Anton Webern. Integrated into the program will be discussions with one of the nation’s leading Zappa experts, Dr. Joseph Klein, composer and professor of music at the University of North Texas, who will explore the musician’s exceptionally wide range of compositional skills, and the musical and non-musical influences that are on display in The Yellow Shark.

Setlist: 
Times Beach II
None Of The Above
Questi Cazzi Di Piccione
Venue: 
World Cafe Live - Downstairs
7:00 PM
Apr 13, 2018
WellingtonNew Zealand

New Zealand Symphony

Show Notes: 

Hamish McKeich, conductor

Setlist: 
Be-Bop Tango (for chamber orchestra)
G-Spot Tornado (for orchestra)
The Dog Breath Variations / Uncle Meat (for chamber orchestra)
Venue: 
Shed 6
7:00 PM
Mar 6, 2018
HoustonTX, USA

Rice University

Show Notes: 

Jerry Hou, conductor

Setlist: 
The Dog Breath Variations / Uncle Meat (for chamber orchestra)
Venue: 
Rice Duncan Recital Hall
8:00 PM
Jan 26, 2018
BrooklynNY, USA

Ensemble of the Lucerne Festival Alumni

Show Notes: 

Matthias Pintscher and the Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI play the music of Frank Zappa, alongside pieces by Pierre Boulez and Edgard Varèse that influenced him as well as works by composers such as Olga Neuwirth, John Zorn, and Tyshawn Sorey that respond to Zappa.

Setlist: 
The Dog Breath Variations / Uncle Meat (for chamber orchestra)
Outrage at Valdez (for ensemble)
Naval Aviation In Art?
Dupree's Paradise
Get Whitey (for orchestra)
G-Spot Tornado (for orchestra)
Venue: 
Roulette Intermedium
8:00 PM
Jan 25, 2018
BrooklynNY, USA

Ensemble of the Lucerne Festival Alumni

Show Notes: 

Matthias Pintscher and the Ensemble of the LUCERNE FESTIVAL ALUMNI play the music of Frank Zappa, alongside pieces by Pierre Boulez and Edgard Varèse that influenced him as well as works by composers such as Olga Neuwirth, John Zorn, and Tyshawn Sorey that respond to Zappa.

Setlist: 
The Perfect Stranger
Naval Aviation In Art?
The Girl in the Magnesium Dress (for chamber ensemble)
Dupree's Paradise
Venue: 
Roulette Intermedium
8:00 PM
Jan 19, 2018
LondonUnited Kingdom

Ubu Ensemble

Show Notes: 

Directed by Simon Wills
Natalie Davies voice

The Guildhall School’s Ubu Ensemble focusses on classics of avant-garde and experimental music. This programme explores the work of musical pioneers from Stravinsky to Frank Zappa.

Setlist: 
Selections from "The Yellow Shark"
G-Spot Tornado (for orchestra)
The Girl in the Magnesium Dress (for chamber ensemble)
Get Whitey (for orchestra)
Be-Bop Tango (for chamber orchestra)
Outrage at Valdez (for ensemble)
The Dog Breath Variations / Uncle Meat (for chamber orchestra)
Venue: 
Silk Street Music Hall
7:00 PM
Dec 1, 2017
UtrechtNetherlands

Noord Nederlands Orkest

Show Notes: 

Hans Leenders, conductor

Setlist: 
Strictly Genteel (for orchestra)
Bob in Dacron and Sad Jane (for orchestra)
Peaches En Regalia (for orchestra)
G-Spot Tornado (for orchestra)
Venue: 
Tivoli/Vredenburg
8:00 PM
Nov 30, 2017
GroningenNetherlands

Noord Nederlands Orkest

Show Notes: 

Hans Leenders, conductor

Setlist: 
Bob in Dacron and Sad Jane (for orchestra)
G-Spot Tornado (for orchestra)
Peaches En Regalia (for orchestra)
Strictly Genteel (for orchestra)
Venue: 
Oosterpoort
8:00 PM
Jun 15, 2017
South MelbourneAustralia

Ensemble Modern & Australian National Academy Of Music

Show Notes: 

Frank Zappa composed Yellow Shark in 1992 especially for Ensemble Modern. Tom Waits described it as one of his favourite works, writing "the ensemble is awe-inspiring. It is a rich pageant of texture and colour. It's the clarity of his perfect madness, and mastery. Frank governs with Elmore James on his left and Stravinsky on his right. Frank reigns and rules with the strangest tools." For the first time in Australia, musicians of Ensemble Modern perform Zappa's Yellow Shark with ANAM in a concert that promises to be a thrilling experience for musicians and audience alike.

MUSICIANS
Members of the Ensemble Modern:
Dietmar Wiesner flute
Saar Berger horn
Jagdish Mistry violin
Hermann Kretzschmar piano

Johannes Debus conductor
ANAM Musicians

Setlist: 
The Adventures Of Greggery Peccary
Selections from "The Yellow Shark"
Venue: 
Australian National Academy Of Music
7:30 AM
May 28, 2017
ChicagoIL, USA

Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra and Contemporary Music Ensemble

Show Notes: 

Zappa and Varèse

Composer Edgard Varèse’s emphasis on timbre, rhythm, and emerging technologies inspired a multitude of musicians who came of age during the 1960s and ’70s, among them guitarist and composer Frank Zappa. The Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra and Contemporary Music Ensemble celebrate the spirit of experimentation that united the two composers with a program featuring Zappa as a “virtual emcee” in recordings discussing his Varèse experiences. The Northwestern University Percussion Ensemble is featured in Varèse’s Ionisation.

Alan Pierson, Ben Bolter, and Taichi Fukumura, conductors

Setlist: 
G-Spot Tornado (for orchestra)
The Dog Breath Variations / Uncle Meat (for chamber orchestra)
Pedro's Dowry
Venue: 
Jay Pritzker Pavilion
6:30 PM
May 26, 2017
EvanstonIL, USA

Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra and Contemporary Music Ensemble

Show Notes: 

Alan Pierson, conductor

Setlist: 
G-Spot Tornado (for orchestra)
The Dog Breath Variations / Uncle Meat (for chamber orchestra)
Pedro's Dowry (Large Orchestra Version) (Original vinyl mix)
Venue: 
Pick-Staiger Concert Hall
7:30 AM
May 25, 2017
Ville de QuébecCanada

Orchestre Symphonique de Québec

Show Notes: 

Fabien Gabel, conductor

Setlist: 
G-Spot Tornado (for orchestra)
Venue: 
Grand Théâtre de Québec
10:30 AM
May 25, 2017
SeattleWA, USA

University of Washington

Show Notes: 

Mark Tse, conductor

Setlist: 
The Dog Breath Variations / Uncle Meat (for chamber orchestra)
Venue: 
Meany Theater
7:30 AM
May 24, 2017
Ville de QuébecCanada

Orchestre Symphonique de Québec

Show Notes: 

Fabien Gabel, conductor

Setlist: 
G-Spot Tornado (for orchestra)
Venue: 
Grand Théâtre de Québec
8:00 PM
Apr 13, 2017
AmsterdamNetherlands

Ensemble Musikfabrik

Show Notes: 

The American Frank Zappa was one of the great geniuses of postwar music. The untouchable modern master Edgard Varèse was his hero. Zappa himself drew not hesitate to throw everything into the mix: Stravinsky, jazz, rock and bawdy jokes. It makes Zappa's music instantly recognizable, but devilishly difficult to implement. Fortunately there is Ensemble Musik Fabrik. This international top ensemble is just as broad view as Zappa plays his music for years exactly as it should be: on the tops of their abilities, with all the stops. The emphasis in the program with Zappa's jazz rock period of the 70s, the time of steaming big bands and hallucinatory improvisations. The notoriously tough Black Page sounds even in three different versions. As a tribute to Zappa's hero program begins with classic Varèse's Ionisation.

 

Ulrich Löffler, keys

Frank Wingold, electric guitar

Christopher Brandt, electric bass

Dirk Rothbrust, percussion, conductor (Zappa)

Paul Jeukendrup, sound direction

Ensemble Musikfabrik

Carl Rosman, conductor (Varèse)

Ali N. Askin, arrangements

 

Introductory talk at 7:15pm

Setlist: 
The Black Page
Black Page #1 (The Hard Version)
Black Page #2 (The Easy Teenage New York Version)
Lemme Take You To The Beach
Revised Music for Low Budget Symphony Orchestra
RDNZL
Inca Roads
Florentine Pogen
Peaches En Regalia (for orchestra)
Venue: 
Muziekgebouw
8:15 PM
Apr 4, 2017
HoustonTX, USA

Rice University - Shepherd School of Music

Show Notes: 

Jerry Hou, conductor

Setlist: 
The Dog Breath Variations / Uncle Meat (for chamber orchestra)
Be-Bop Tango (for chamber orchestra)
G-Spot Tornado (for orchestra)
Venue: 
Shepherd School of Music
7:00 PM
Mar 3, 2017
College ParkMD, USA

UMD Wind Orchestra

Show Notes: 

Michael Votta, conductor

Setlist: 
The Dog Breath Variations / Uncle Meat (for chamber orchestra)
Venue: 
Dekelboum Concert Hall - Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
8:00 PM
Feb 22, 2017
BerlinGermany

Ensemble Modern

Show Notes: 

Jonathan Stockhammer, conductor

Concert introduction with documentary in Werner Otto Hall at 7pm: 
Ulf Werner in conversation with members of the Ensemble Modern. 
Film Screening AAAFNRAA - Making of "The Yellow Shark" (30 min, Germany 1992). Free entrance with ticket for the concert at 8pm in the Great Hall.

Setlist: 
Selections from "The Yellow Shark"
Selections from "Greggery Peccary & Other Persuasions"
Venue: 
Konzerthaus Berlin
8:00 PM
Feb 22, 2017
WestervilleOH, USA

Otterbein University

Show Notes: 

Michael Yonchak, conductor

Setlist: 
Envelopes (for Wind Ensemble and Rock Band)
Venue: 
Cowan Hall
8:00 PM
Jan 29, 2017
VancouverCanada

Turning Point Ensemble

Show Notes: 

Owen Underhill, conductor

Setlist: 
Outrage at Valdez (for ensemble)
G-Spot Tornado (for orchestra)
Be-Bop Tango (for chamber orchestra)
Peaches En Regalia (for orchestra)
The Girl in the Magnesium Dress (for chamber ensemble)
III Revised (for string quintet)
Time Beaches II and III
Get Whitey (for orchestra)
The Dog Breath Variations / Uncle Meat (for chamber orchestra)
Venue: 
Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre
3:00 PM
Jan 28, 2017
VancouverCanada

Turning Point Ensemble

Show Notes: 

Owen Underhill, conductor

Setlist: 
Outrage at Valdez (for ensemble)
G-Spot Tornado (for orchestra)
Be-Bop Tango (for chamber orchestra)
Peaches En Regalia (for orchestra)
The Girl in the Magnesium Dress (for chamber ensemble)
III Revised (for string quintet)
Time Beaches II and III
Get Whitey (for orchestra)
The Dog Breath Variations / Uncle Meat (for chamber orchestra)
Venue: 
Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre
8:00 PM
Jan 27, 2017
VancouverCanada

Turning Point Ensemble

Show Notes: 

Owen Underhill, conductor

Setlist: 
The Dog Breath Variations / Uncle Meat (for chamber orchestra)
Outrage at Valdez (for ensemble)
G-Spot Tornado (for orchestra)
Be-Bop Tango (for chamber orchestra)
Peaches En Regalia (for orchestra)
The Girl in the Magnesium Dress (for chamber ensemble)
III Revised (for string quintet)
Time Beaches II and III
Get Whitey (for orchestra)
Venue: 
Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre
8:00 PM
Jan 17, 2017
DijonFrance

Contrechamps

Show Notes: 

Musical Director: Michael Wendeberg 

Pianos: Antoine Françoise & Stefan Wirth

Setlist: 
None of the Above (for string quintet)
Outrage at Valdez (for ensemble)
G-Spot Tornado (for orchestra)
Be-Bop Tango (for chamber orchestra)
The Girl in the Magnesium Dress (for chamber ensemble)
III Revised (for string quintet)
Time Beaches II and III
Get Whitey (for orchestra)
The Dog Breath Variations / Uncle Meat (for chamber orchestra)
Venue: 
Opera of Dijon Auditorium
8:00 PM
Nov 16, 2016
DenverCO, USA

University of Denver

Setlist: 
Envelopes (for symphony orchestra)
The Dog Breath Variations / Uncle Meat (for chamber orchestra)
Venue: 
Lamont School of Music
7:30 PM
Nov 5, 2016
EdmontonCanada

University of Alberta

Show Notes: 

Angela Schroeder, conductor

Setlist: 
The Dog Breath Variations / Uncle Meat (for chamber orchestra)
Venue: 
Convocation Hall
2:30 AM
Oct 8, 2016
AmsterdamNetherlands

ensemble intercontemporain

Show Notes: 

Quatre américains à Amsterdam

Bryce Dessner - guitar
Ensemble Intercontemporain
André De Ridder - Conductor

Setlist: 
The Perfect Stranger (for Chamber Orchestra)
Venue: 
Het Concertgebouw
2:15 PM
Sep 24, 2016
ParisFrance

ensemble intercontemporain

Show Notes: 

Grand soir Bryce Dessner

Della Miles - voice 
Tyshawn Sorey - drums
Bryce Dessner - guitar
Ensemble Intercontemporain
Matthias Pintscher - direction

Setlist: 
The Perfect Stranger (for Chamber Orchestra)
Venue: 
Cité de la musique - Philharmonie de Paris
8:30 PM
Sep 10, 2016
ChristchurchNew Zealand

Christchurch Symphony Orchestra

Show Notes: 

Eckart Preu - conductor
Stephen De Pledge - piano

Setlist: 
G-Spot Tornado
Venue: 
Charles Luney Auditorium
7:30 PM