and here are a few pictures from the Zappanale #30 Festival (with some links to videos)
Vocal Masterclass with Napoleon Murphy Brock
we're glad to announce you a vocal masterclass with Napoleon Murphy Brock will take place in Florence, on 12-16th August.
In that occasion NMB will perform with us on 18th August in Lucca (nearby Florence) for a "really kickass show!" (Napoleon said).
What a chance to explore the vocal techniques of a great singer such as Napoleon, to have a great time in Tuscany and to listen to good music!
Thanks for all
Music is the Best!
The Inventionis Mater
News from Fido plays Zappa
Dear FiDO Newsie,
FiDO macht sich ready für die paar Shows, die dieses Jahr noch kommen. Wer übt, hat's nötig, sagt ein altes Basler Blues-Sprichwort, doch wir freuen uns schon mächtig darauf, wieder mal in Zappa's Universe zu räubern..
16. Aug 2019: Woodstock Forever Festival in DE-Waffenrod www.woodstockforever.de
18. Okt 2019 im Atlantis Basel, Tickets bei www.starticket.ch
19. Okt 2019 an der Zappa-Nacht in DE-Heubach - www.qltourraum.de
Und das aktuelle Album Atlantis & Elsewhere gibts immer noch hier: www.fidoplayszappa.com
Bis bald, see you at the show!
Beste Grüsse die FiDOS
Union officielle JackDupon & Ultra Zook - JacKooZDuPultrOn
JackDupon is a casual [rough?] quartet who, as a slap in the morning [in the face?] attempts to drag his world in an adventurous and twisted journey as can be a mob riding without brakes the slopes of a fiery volcano.
Cartoony singing, neurotic guitars, bouncy basses, drums [gently?] uninhibited, JackDupon transforms the stage into a theater of therapeutic screams and automatic poetry.
The loads off a Rock, always in opposition, always experimenting, always moving, ramshackle rock lying at the frontiers of Prog, Punk, and Noise of Zeuhl, a mechanical avantgarde whose deranged mind prevents it from accepting any compromises whatsoever.
Jack Dupon entered the Zappanale #23 stage in the year 2012.
Composer to Composer Talks - Carl Stone w/ Frank Zappa (1988)
Recorded in 1988 in Frank Zappa’s home, this conversation was originally commissioned by a Japanese magazine and was to this day never broadcast.
Gabba Zappa Hey! play punk Zappa
You can download it for free!
Orchestral Favorites – 4Oth Anniversary Deluxe Edition
Zappa Records/UMe will release a 40th anniversary 3CD deluxe edition of Frank Zappa’s Orchestral Favorites on 30 August. The Zappa Family Trust is giving the 1979 album the audiophile detail and respect it deserves and that was lacking in the original release.
Unpromoted at the time and issued alongside several other titles without Zappa’s permission or quality control, it was publicly criticised by the artist for its lack of liner notes or credits and unapproved artwork. The new edition from Zappa Records/UMe commemorates the event at UCLA’s Royce Hall where the album compositions were recorded in September 1975.
The 3CD deluxe edition features brand new, proper hi-fi transfers of the original tapes. It has a newly created cover and extensive liner notes from Zappa Vaultmeister Joe Travers as well as former Zappa band member Terry Bozzio. He reminisces about performing at the concerts and provides the collection with some unique illustrations. Proper musician credits are featured in the stunning packaging for the first time, as are an extensive selection of rare and never-before-seen photos of the event from the archives of the Zappa estate.
Produced by Ahmet Zappa and Joe Travers, the new edition of Orchestral Favorites will feature not only the original album but the entire evening performance from 18 September 1975, spread across two additional discs. Extensive searches in the Vault uncovered the elusive master tone reel, which crucially contains the alignment tones that help set up the playback of the master tapes. Zappa reportedly did not provide this reel when he delivered the album.
The Zappa Family Trust is now thus able to present the audio as originally intended. Hi-res transfers from the original tapes have been completed, and with mastering by Bob Ludwig, the audio quality is now better than ever. The bonus concert features brand new mixes for 2019 by Craig Parker Adams, taken from the original two-inch, 24-track masters. The digital deluxe edition, which mirrors the 3CD version, includes an instant grat download of ‘Revised Music For Low-Budget Symphony Orchestra,’ available in this version for the first time.
There will also be a vinyl edition of Orchestral Favorites, with the original album mastered by Bernie Grundman and the newly-created anniversary art and cover. This will be pressed at Furnace MFG on 180 gram, audiophile grade black vinyl.
Listeners will be transported back to September 1975, when Zappa scheduled the Royce Hall event in between trying out new band members and preparing for a tour. “Frank supervised everything,” recalls Travers in the liner notes, “hired sound and lights, mixed the front of house sound at times, conducted the orchestra on occasion, and played guitar with them.
“The programme repertoire consisted of complex and challenging music that originates from all time frames of FZ’s career. Older themes that predate the original Mothers Of Invention, to brand new pieces hot off the pen, mixed in with some good ol’ FZ directed improvisation.”
Zappa reworked Orchestral Favorites for the CD format in 1991, and it has been reissued several times since his death. But the matching of the new master to the project tone reel means that the album can now be presented as he intended.
The Zappa Family Trust and UMe are also excited to announce the 50th anniversary reissue, on 17 July, of Zappa’s Mothermania compilation on vinyl. The album was made by Zappa in 1969 as a response to the many compilations that were being issued with the same material. He decided to release his own collection, using exclusive edits and mixes of Mothers of invention tracks from the albums Freak Out!, Absolutely Free and We’re Only in It for the Money.
Disc 2 - Performance From September 18, 1975
1. Show Star/Bogus Pomp Explained
2. Bogus Pomp
3. Revised Music For Low-Budge Symphony Orchestra
4. The Story Of Pedro’s Dowry
5. Pedro’s Dowry
6. The Story Of Rollo
Disc 3 - Performance From September 18, 1975 (continued)
1. Black Napkins Instructions
2. Black Napkins
4. The Players
5. Naval Aviation In Art?
6. “Another Weirdo Number”
7. Lumpy Gravy (Extract)/Improvisation
8. Evening At The Hermitage
9. “A Special Guest Artist”
10. Duke Of Prunes
11. “Absolutely Disgusting”
12. The Adventures Of Greggery Peccary
13. Strictly Genteel
FZ Shows: 1975 09 18 - Royce Hall, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA / 120 min, Aud, B+
Frank Zappa and The Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Orchestra, conducted by Michael Zearott.
Bogus Pomp, Revised Music For Low Budget Symphony Orchestra, Pedro's Dowry, Rollo [parts on Q and OSD], Black Napkins, Dog Meat, Naval Aviation In Art?, Sink Trap [parts in Easy Meat, TTR, incl. Lumpy Gravy, Q and Hermitage, OSD], Duke Of Prunes, The Adventures Of Greggery Peccary, Strictly Genteel (q: Louie Louie)
Mothermania: The Best Of The Mothers Exclusive LP
A Newbury Comics exclusive color vinyl pressing. Originally released on March 24th, 1969, this compilation was created and produced by Frank Zappa featuring mixes of songs from three previous Mothers Of Invention records. Now available on vinyl for the 50th anniversary of its original release!
Color: Magenta & Purple With Black Splatter
Number of discs: 1
Vinyl weight (grams): 180
Limited edition of: 1000
Release Date: 07/19/2019
Catalog Number: ZR38401C
New: Brest 1979 (2CD)
On March 19th, the band performed at the Parc de Penfeld, in Brest, France, for a show that was recorded for live FM Radio Broadcast, transmitted across continental Europe and synched too on many US stations.
Featuring a line-up which included, Ike Willis and Warren Cuccurullo on guitars, Tommy Mars and Peter Wolf on keyboards, Ed Mann on percussion, Arthur Barrow on bass and Vinnie Colaiuta on drums, the musicianship was, as always, second-to-none, and the gig a roaring success with many describing it as among the finest Zappa played during this era.
Label: Left Field Media
Live: New Years Eve 1973 (LP)
Personally compiled by Frank Zappa for broadcast on WLIR-FM in Garden City, New York on New Year’s Eve 1973, this remarkable set offers a cross-section of his recent live performances with the Mothers Of Invention, and finds him at his wittiest and most inventive. A treat for serious fans, it’s presented here together with background notes and images.
Keyhole KHLP 9088
Live In London '68 (LP)
Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, live at BBC Studios, London on October 23rd, 1968. Performed on BBC TV's Late Night Line-Up on October 23rd, 1968 (towards the close of the Mothers' rapturously received second European tour), this superb set finds the band on typically adventurous, iconoclastic form. The entire BBC-TV broadcast is presented here, digitally remastered, together with background notes and images. Keyhole KHLP9089
new: Limited edition of 250 pressings total in 5 different colors
All records were original released in the 10-record-set „The History & Collected Improvisations of Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention“
- ZX3653 Ein Monster In der Musikhalle
- ZX3654 If You Get A Headache - remastered from new source tapes
- ZX3655 Frank Zappa vs. The Tooth Fairy - remastered from new source tapes
- ZX3656 A Token Of My Extreme
- ZX3657 I Was A Teenage Maltshop - remastered from new and vastly improved source material
new: Radio Show-Legendary FM Broadcasts (2CD)
- Duke Of Prunes
- Honey Don't You Want A Man Like Me?
- The Illinois Enema Bandit
- Carolina Hardcore Ecstasy
- Lonely Little Girl
- Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance
- What's The Ugliest Part Of Your Body?
- Chunga's Revenge
- Swallow My Pride
- Any Downers?
- Canadian Customs Routine
- T'Mershi Duween
- Zoot Allures
- Sleep Dirt
- Black Napkins
- Advance Romance
- I'm The Slime
new: Live in London & Paris 1968 (2CD)
Broadcast towards the close of the Mothers rapturously received second European tour, this double album offers two superb performances featuring Frank Zappa, Roy Estrada, Jimmy Carl Black, Art Tripp, Ian Underwood, Don Preston, Bunk Gardner and Ian Sherwood. The first was performed for BBC TV s Late Night Line-Up on October 23rd, while the second came three days later at the Paris Olympia. Both find the band on typically adventurous, iconoclastic form, and are presented here together with background notes and images.
Disc One: Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention Late Night Line-Up BBB Studios, London October 23rd 1968. Broadcast By BBC-TV
- King Kong
- Oh, In The Sky
Disc Two: Frank Zappa And The Mothers Of Invention Theatre De L olympia, Paris, France 26th October 1968. Broadcast By Radio France
- King Kong
- Plastic People
- Hungry Freaks, Daddy
- Son Of Mr. Green Genes
new: Berlin 1978 Volume 1 & 2
After falling out with his long-time manager Herb Cohen, Frank Zappa spent much of the late 1970s in a legal battle with Cohen and later with Warner Brothers too. With the majority of his own recorded material thus tied up, Zappa concentrated on touring with a small, rock-oriented band. Recorded at Berlin’s Deutschlandhalle on 15th February 1978, broadcast live across Germany and synced too in the US, Zappa performs a wide array of material spanning his entire career, including material that would appear on his upcoming 1979 releases, Sheik Yerbouti and Joe’s Garage. Label: Parachute
Mothermania: The Best Of The Mothers
180g Vinyl / All Analogue / Mastered from original 1969 master tape by Bernie Grundman
Release Date: 07/19/2019
Ancient Armaments: The Frank Zappa Singles Project
Greg Russo, author of "Cosmik Debris: The Collected History And Improvisations Of Frank Zappa," has thoroughly researched and analyzed each Zappa-related single release from 1961 to the present. From the Pal Recording Studio era to The Mothers Of Invention to solo work and production/performance sessions, each commercial and promotional single is presented with the amount of detail and precision that FZ fans expect and deserve. Get it here
Have A Little Tush Vol. 1 & Vol. 2
Frank Zappa and his band performing at Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI on 23rd November, a show which was recorded for live FM Broadcast, albeit only by the University’s own radio station, making reception of the gig fairly limited in its geographical scope. This show is now available on this two instalment set.
Label: Parachute Recording Company
PARA252LP / PARA253LP
2 X 2LP, clear vinyl
Release Date 14 Jun 2019
Stefan Kleiber: Einmal Zappatown und zurück
Einmal im Jahr wird Bad Doberan bei Rostock zu Zappatown. Dann treffen sich Fans aus aller Herren Länder, um vier Tage lang bei der Zappanale ihr Idol Frank Zappa zu feiern. Zur 29. Auflage dieses außergewöhnlichen Musikfestivals machte sich der Weingartener Autor Stefan Kleiber im Juli 2018 mit der Bahn auf die knapp 900 km lange Reise. Im Gepäck neben seiner Kompaktkamera kiloweise Steckbriefe und Interview-Fragebögen für Fans, Musiker und weitere Persönlichkeiten wie den Gründer der Zappanale Wolfhard Kutz oder den Bürgermeister von Zappatown Thorsten Semrau.
Insgesamt 21 Persönlichkeiten machen in „Einmal Zappatown und zurück“ deutlich, was den Charme dieses Festivals ausmacht und warum Frank Zappa auch heute noch großen Einfluss auf die Musikwelt besitzt. „Zappa ist nicht nur „Zappa“, Zappa ist eine „Attitude“, Politik, ein „Way of Life““, bringt es der englische Zappa-Kenner und Autor Ben Watson auf den Punkt.
In dem von Bernhard Hlava graphisch gekonnt in Szene gesetzten Zappanale-Portrait mit über 40 Farbbildern, stehen keine Superstars im Vordergrund, sondern die Lieblings-Bands des Autors wie GABBA ZAPPA HEY! aus London oder die Monika Roscher Big Band aus München. Darüber hinaus erhält der Leser auch einen Einblick in die Region an der Ostsee, wenn der 51-jährige Autor mit dem historischen Dampfzug Molli durch Zappatown zum Festival-Gelände an der ältesten Trabrennbahn Europas fährt oder der „Weißen Stadt am Meer“ – Heiligendamm – einen kurzen Besuch abstattet. Begleiten Sie Stefan Kleiber auf seiner Festival-Reise und entdecken Sie den Charme der Zappanale und von Zappatown.
96 Seiten mit 49 farbigen Abbildungen, fester Einband im attraktiven quadratischen Format.
Arthur Barrow: My time with Frank Zappa
Introduction / Audition / Rehearsals / Touring / Clonemeister / Frank's Quotes
The Zappa Tour Atlas
Mick Zeuner with Klaus Kühner & Andrew Greenaway
Im September 2019 wird Mick Zeuners Buch „The Zappa Tour Atlas“ weltweit veröffentlicht.
Es wird während der 30. Zappanale einen exklusiven Vorabverkauf von 250 Exemplaren zum Spezialpreis geben.
Außerdem wird die begleitende Ausstellung „Touring Can Make You Crazy“ dieses Buch thematisieren.
- Publication date: 1st September 2019
Advance copies of the Atlas will be made exclusively available to attendees of the Zappanale festival in Bad Doberan, Germany on July 19-21, 2019
- RRP: £49.99
- ISBN: 978-1-912782-17-8
- Hardback: 297 x 210 mm, 256pp
- Fully illustrated in colour
The music of Frank
Ensemble Modern / Jonathan Stockhammer in der Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Großer Saal
22.Februar 2020, 20.oo Uhr
Vaideology: Basic Music Theory for Guitar Players
Experience must-know music knowledge and wisdom through the highly focused lens of legendary guitar virtuoso Steve Vai.
This full-color instructional book written by Vai himself features in-depth discussions of the music theory fundamentals that every aspiring (and veteran) guitar player should know, packed with practical exercises, diagrams, tips, inspiring ideas and concepts, practice methods, and ways of looking at music that you may have never considered.
Topics covered include: academic vs. experiential learning * reading and writing music * key signatures * chord scales * rhythm basics * guitar harmonics * modes * and much more. This beautiful book is full-color throughout and features artwork on every page by Vai!
ZappaCast Episode 40
Howdy once again, folks! This time around, the ZappaCast is serving up another SPECIAL TREAT -- Vaultmeister Joe Travers joins us to talk about the Hologram Tour (coming soon to a city near you!), the Deluxe reissue of Zappa In New York (SUDDENLY AVAILABLE!) and much, much more! Whatcha waitin' for? Dive in to the ZappaCast, kids!
Frank Zappa 1966 to 1979: Every Album, Every Song (On Track)
The book will begin with Zappa's 60s albums with The Mothers of Invention, before delving into his prolific 70s solo career, typified by Hot Rats, Apostrophe and Sheik Yerbouti. Throughout this period, his albums remained complex musically while the subject matter was often satirical and controversial.
Fans of Zappa's 60s and 70s work will appreciate the level of detail, research, and depth provided in each review, making this the most comprehensive guide to this enigmatic musician's music yet written.
- Author: Eric Benac
- SONICBOND PUB
- Release date: 2019-06-27
Rockstar, Rebell, Komponist, Genie
Analytische Betrachtungen zu Frank Zappas Werk: Endlich Frank Zappas Musiktheorie verstehen. Mit Abbildungen und Notenbeispielen
Frank Zappa war neben Bürgerschreck, Gitarrenheld und politischer Aktivist vor allem Eines: Genialer Komponist.
Mit diesem Buch, dass auf einer Bachelorarbeit von 2017 (Benotung: sehr gut) basiert, erhält man tiefe Einblicke in das musikalische Gehirn von Frank Zappa, den selbst Koryphäen der klassischen Orchestermusik wie Pierre Boulez, Zubin Mehta und Kent Nagano bewunderten.
- Taschenbuch: 36 Seiten
- Verlag: Independently published (24. Februar 2019)
- Sprache: Deutsch
Zappa's Gear by Mick Ekers
The Unique Guitars, Amplifiers, Effects Units, Keyboards and Studio Equipment
Lavishly illustrated including over 180 unique photographs of Frank Zappa's guitars and equipment taken by the author at his UMRK studio in LA and featuring a foreword by Dweezil Zappa Zappa's Gear offers an unprecedented inside look at the machinery behind the legendary music.
In addition to a detailed presentation of the equipment, Zappa's Gear also introduces some of the pioneering inventors, engineers, and entrepreneurs without whom the instruments would not exist. Zappa's Gear is an official Frank Zappa book produced and written with the full cooperation and endorsement of Gail Zappa and the Zappa Family Trust.
256 Seiten, 25,4 x 33 cm, ISBN-10: 1540012026
Hommage an Jimmy Carl Black − 10 years gone
Eine Sondersendung auf RockRadio.de vom Sonntag, 9. Dezember 2018
Live via Skype - Moni Black / Musikzusammenstellung: Burkhard Schempp
Geronimo Black: Low Ridin' Man (Geronimo Black, 1972)
Zappa/Mothers/Beefheart: You're So Fine (1975 05 23 - El Paso TX, 1975)
Big Sonny And The Lo Boys: I'm A King Bee (In Heat, 1979)
Geronimo Black: Lovesick Blues (Welcome Back, 1980)
JCB: Ain't Got No Home (Clearly Classic, 1981)
JCB & The Mannish Boys: Big Leg Emma (A Lil' Dab'l Do Ya, 1987)
Arthur Brown & JCB: Fever (Brown Black & Blue, 1988)
Holzhaus, Black & Teresas: The T-Bone Shuffle (I Just Got In From Texas, 1988)
Ant Bee: JCB Speakin' At Ya (With My Favorite Vegetable And Other Bizarre Muzik, 1994)
Sandro Oliva: Junk Food / Mr. Green Genes (Who The Fuck Is Sandro Oliva? 1994)
The Jack And Jim Show: Big Boss Man (Locked In A Dutch Coffeshop, 1995)
The Jack And Jim Show: Sure 'Nuff And Yes I Do (Pachuco Cadaver, 1995)
JCB and Behind The Mirror: Jazz Is Not Dead (Cockroach Albert, 1998)
Farrell and Black: Stick Man (Black Limousine, 1999)
JCB and Behind The Mirror: Harder Than Your Husband (An Evening with... 2000)
Black-Estrada-Pini: 44 Blues / How Many More Years? (Hamburger Midnight, 2002)
Blind Riders On Mad Horses feat. JCB: Volunteered Slavery (Roland Kirk Memorial Barbecue, 2002)
JCB: Mercedes Benz (Singin' The Blues, 2003)
The Jack And Jim Show: Willie The Pimp (Live at Zappanale #14, 2003)
JCB & Cosmic Debris: Directly From My Heart To You (2004)
JCB: Like A Rolling Stone (How Blue Can You Get, 2007)
FZ88 - A Visual Documentary of Zappa's Last Tour
Limited Edition - Only 500 available worldwide.
Publication date: 1st March 2019.
FZ88 follows in the wake of our hugely successful Zappa The Hard Way, written by Zappa aficionado Andrew Greenaway. That title published in 2010 documented Zappa's last tour in great detail.
The only thing it really lacked was a swathe of great photos to accompany the insightful and in depth story. This new title now completes the picture in more ways than one, built around the photos of Sergio Albonico.
The name will be familiar to Zappa buffs as Albonico’s photos were used on the tour programme as well as the album release Guitar.
Now for the first time ever an extensive selection of Albonico’s photos are published in this limited edition hardback book.
Produced in a custom-made presentation box it includes a set of prints alongside the many photos that adorn the pages of the book.
With additional text from Greenaway that puts the photos in context, along with words from Albonico, this publication is further enhanced by other previously unpublished photos as well as memorabilia from the time.
Strictly limited to 500 copies worldwide this collection is a visual documentary of Zappa’s last tour and a perfect companion to Zappa The Hard Way. But it also stands alone as a great collection of never before seen photos of Zappa from the rehearsals and concerts of his last tour.
FZ88 comes in its own block foiled presentation box with a set of prints, perfect for framing.
Order your copy and get your name on a dedicated fan page within the book!
Erschienen im Wehrhahn Verag:
Totengrundgespräch – Arno Schmidt trifft auf Frank Zappa
„Nu, der olle Schmidt hätte ja wahrscheinlich den minder ollen/dollen Zappa nicht leiden mögen, zumal der Musik machte, die Schmidt ja partout nicht den Transistor-Seelen entnehmen mochte. Aber meine Vermutung, dass man (ich) die zwei mal bildlich verkuppeln könnte, erhärtete sich seit meiner Bekanntschaft mit Bernd Rauschenbach, der eine schöne & große Zappa-Sammlung besitzt. Das erfuhr ich allerdings erst, nachdem ich den Totengrund schon im Kopf hatte.“
(RWLE Möller, Briefwechsel 1989)
Auf die Aufführung eines unterhaltsam-ironischen Dialogs zwischen den beiden Protagonisten des Ölgemäldes Totengrund (auf dem Cover des Buches) oder Ich bin ein Heidediener, Blattanbeter, Windverehrer, in dem
RWLE Möller Schmidt und Zappa 1985 tatsächlich verkuppelte, folgen anhand von ausgewählten Passagen aus dem Schriftwerk Arno Schmidts weitere literarische Annäherungen an die versierten Schmidt-Szenerien des Künstlers.
Szenische Lesung: Bernd Rauschenbach (Arno Schmidt Stiftung) und Thomas Wenzel (Bomann-Museum Celle, Schlosstheater am 4. Februar 2018)
52 Seiten, Format: 11 X 7 cm, Erscheinungstermin: 09/10 2018
Per Mail an den Verlag kann man schon jetzt formlos vorbestellen.
Compositions by Frank Zappa
Heikki Poroila: „You are reading an enhanced (corrected, enlarged and more detailed) PDF edition in English of my printed book Frank Zappan sävellykset (Suomen musiikkikirjastoyhdistys 2015, in Finnish).
I try to explain shortly the reasoning behind this yet-another-Frank-Zappa-monograph. The idea of listing all the compositions by Frank Zappa is an obsessive project typical for music librarians. It was matured during the years I was forced to tell many Finnish Zappa fans that the book Zappa äänitteillä [Recorded Zappa, 1995] by me and HEIKKI KARJALAINEN was out of print and in no circumstances was I willing to compile a new edition of its material.“
An analysis of the evolution of Frank Zappa’s BE-BOP TANGO
A Dissertation by William Morris Price, 2004 (pdf)