Frank Zappa - Andy Warhol's TV Interview - 1978

Video @

new: Goblins, Witches and Kings (2CD)

Rarely Heard 1982 Broadcast From The Austrian Capital. Released in May 1982, Frank Zappa´s Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch an album that included his biggest selling single ever, Valley Girl - found 21 year old Steve Vai taking on impossible guitar parts according to the album´s credits, Zappa and his live band including at this juncture Ray White on rhythm guitar and vocals, Steve Vai on guitars, Tommy Mars on keyboards, Bobby Martin on keyboards, sax and vocals, Ed Mann on percussion, Scott Thunes on bass and Chad Wackerman on drums, toured extensively in Europe during the early summer of 82, beginning in Denmark on 5th May and concluding in Italy on 14th July. One of the finest shows of the tour took place in Vienna on 28th June, a gig which was recorded for live FM broadcast and one that was synched too across a number of US platforms. With the group performing as tightly as a Zappa ensemble ever had, and a set-list to die for, this rarely heard performance is now available in its entirety on this 2 CD Set in near perfect quality.

Disc  #1: Strictly Genteel, Doreen, Goblin Girl, The Black Page, Cocaine Decisions, Nig Biz, Sinister Footwear, Marqueson's Chicken, Tell Me You Love Me, Broken Hearts Are for Assholes, Drowning Witch


Disc #2: Envelopes, Bamboozled By Love, Let's Move to Cleveland, Tinseltown Rebellion, Approximate, Cosmik Debris, King Kong, Bobby Brown, Sofa, Stevie's Spanking


Label: Left Field Media, tbr. February 15, 2019

Frank Zappa plaet of prunes concept design

Undercoversession: Frank Zappa

Das Konzept unserer „Undercoversessions“ besteht darin, dass Musiker aus bekannten niederländischen Bands in speziell zusammengestellten Formationen die Musik ihrer Idole spielen. Die Session dieser Woche, unter der Leitung von Norman Kapoyos vom Swinging Mood Orchestra ist eine Ode an Frank Zappa. Für Liebhaber und Interessierte wird dieses ein großer Abend werden.


Der Einlass zu dieser Session ist um 21.00 Uhr, und nach dem Konzert bietet der DJ Gelegenheit zu einem geselligen Drink bei Musik. Ein Ticket kostet im Vorverkauf €10 exclusive Servicegebühr und €12.50 an der Abendkasse.


Freitag 18 Januar 2019 - 21:00, Roepaen, Kleefseweg 9, 6595 NK Ottersum, Niederlande

Live Montreal 1971 (LP)

1971 was a year of big change for Frank Zappa and his Mothers Of Invention. He shook up the group's membership significantly and was making big changes in his sound and vision, and really creating some of the greatest music of his career. The group had played a gig earlier in the evening and then recorded this mostly acoustic set for broadcast on CKGM-FM radio. The set finds Zappa backed by the former members of the Turtles, Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan (aka The Phlorescent Leech and Eddie), as well as Ian Underwood, Aynsley Dunbar, and more. A killer set of truly original music from one of the USA's greatest ever musical exports.



FZShows: 1971 - CKGM-FM / CHOM-FM Montreal, 40 min, B+, FM (correct date should be 1971 07 05)

The Mothers live in the studio: Daddy's Home, Clarinet Polka, drum solo, Mudshark, Magdalena , jam, Pirate Jenny, Niki Hoi, Daddy Daddy Daddy, She Painted Up Her Face, What Will This Evening Bring Me This Morning?, Oh Baby Don't Drop It, Happy Together / Penis Dimension, Clarinet Polka, Road Ladies (album version)

Ian Anderson - Talks about his regret in not returning Frank Zappa's call

Radio Broadcast 16/10/16

new: 200 Motels Box Set - CD & DVD with extras & exclusives!

Box Set containing:


Double Disc DVD. The film DVD is mastered from Tony Palmer’s original 2" masters. This is for the first time these masters have ever being used. The second disc contains extra material specially edited by 200 Motels original director – Tony Palmer.


  • Double sound track CD
  • 36 page A4 full colour book put together by Tony Palmer including a specially written essay by Tony for this project.
  • A3 reproduction poster
  • A3 reproduction promotional materials
  • A5 reproduction lobby cards
  • Special 200 Motels Hotel Door Hanger
  • Signed (by Tony Palmer) and numbered certificate.

Absolutely Freaked

Open Stage of Harrisburg and Joseph Osborne Productions invites audiences to join them for the world premiere of “Absolutely Freaked”; an experiential rock concert featuring the early works of Frank Zappa.

Authorized by the Zappa estate and with arrangements and music direction by Joseph Osborne and direction by Chris Gibson, this world premiere showcases Frank Zappa’s early works from 1966 to 1972, including the classic Zappa and the Mother of Invention songs “Plastic People,” “Dirty Love,” “Who Are The Brain Police,” “Going To Montana,” “Brown Shoes Don’t Make It,” and more.

“Absolutely Freaked” was conceived and developed to provide audience members with an intimate and fierce experience filled music, graphic art, visual art and lighting. The concert was also designed and arranged to showcase various performers rather than being a tribute band.

Zappa’s early works were groundbreaking and integrated various genres into his music from doo-wop to rock to jazz while creating songs that featured lyrics that ranged from humorous to eccentric and from provocative to shocking. “Absolutely Freaked” provides the experimental and experiential vibe of Zappa and The Mothers of Invention, and is a tribute to Zappa’s transformative performances without being a tribute band.

Performance dates are Jan. 10, 11, 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. All performances are at Open Stage of Harrisburg, 25 N. Court St., Harrisburg.

Frank Zappa Tribute Konzert mit Zappnoise & Friends

Das jährliche Frank Zappa Gedenk Konzert mit Zappnoise. Diese Band aus Stralsund weiß Ihren Meister Frank Zappa sehr gut zu interpretieren. Es gibt ZAPPA Musik! Mit den Jahren zu einer großen Band herangewachsen spielen sie mittlerweile als feste Band auf der Zappanale.


Samstag, 23. Februar 2019, 20:00 Uhr, Lindenstraße 142, 18437 Stralsund, Eintritt: 10 Euronen

Interview (1982) with Ben Manilla of radio station WLIR, New York

Frank Zappa's Jazz Allures, Part 2

Ben Allison "Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)"
Frank Zappa "Bacon Fat; Stolen Moments"
Bobby Sanabria "The Grand Wazoo"
Perico Sambeat "I Promise Not to Come in Your Mouth"
Colin Towns & The NDR Bigband "Stevie's Spanking"
Bohuslän Big Band "Sinester Footwear"
Marco Pacassoni "The Black Page"
The Wrong Object "Wedding Dress Song-Handsome Cabin Boy"
Michael Hedges "Sofa No. 1"
Glauco Venier "Dupree's Paradise"
F.Z.'s Grand Wazoo Band "Big Swifty" from Zappa\Wazoo
FZ & The Mothers "Inca Roads"
Vincenzo Vasi & Giorgio Pacorig "It Just Might Be a One-Shot Deal"
Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra "Theme from Lumpy Gravy"
Gotan Project "Chunga's Revenge"
Stefano Bollani "Let's Move to Cleveland"
Don Preston Trio "The Eric Dolphy Memorial Barbeque"
George Winston "Little House I Used to Live In"
FZ's Petit Wazoo "Rollo"
Quintorigo & Roberto Gatto "Uncle Meat"
Valentina Ciardelli "Echidna's Arf of You"
F. Di Castri, N. Le, R. Marcotulli, E. Vloeimans, J.Allouche & M. Negri "Twenty Small Cigars"
If Six Was Nine "Preludi flaccidi / Dog breath"
Meridian Arts Ensemble "Eat That Question"
Pierrejean Gaucher "The Purple Lagoon"
Le Bocal "Take Your Cloths Off When You Dance"
F.Z.'s Grand Wazoo Band "The Grand Wazoo"
Riccardo Fassi Tankio Band "Peaches and Regalia"
FZ's Petit Wazoo "Been To Kansas City In a Minor"
David Fabris "Marqueson's Chicken"
Aki Takase, Alex von Schlippenbach "You Are What You Is"
Max Schultz & Erik Soderlind "Blessed Relief"

Martin Schnabel, Jonas Bolle, Fried Dähn

Martin Schnabel (elektrische Geige) und Jonas Bolle (Stimme, Beats) machen elektronische Musik mit lyrischen Texten, inspiriert von Weltmusik und moderner Literatur. In der Dieselstrasse treffen sie auf den Elektrocellisten Fried Dähn. Er kombiniert klassische und neuste Spieltechniken, integriert Live-Elektronik, ist stilistisch äusserst vielseitig und arbeitete u.a. mit Frank Zappa zusammen.


Donnerstag, 31.01.2019, 22:00 Uhr, Dieselstraße 26, 73734 Esslingen (GER)

Zappa In New York 5CD

The 5CD set is available in limited quantity’s and will come packaged in an embossed tin box (18cm x 2.5cm) that resembles a New York City manhole cover and contains a 60 page book.

Recorded live in New York City at the end of 1976. Heavy on, well, “freewheeling” lyrical content, with “Titties & Beer” and “The Illinois Enema Bandit” (the latter featuring “sophisticated narration” by Don Pardo) being special favorites with young males of a certain age.


Also here is the song that gets most peoples’ vote for the best title ever to grace a Zappa instrumental, “I Promise Not to Come In Your Mouth.”


When Zappa first released this album in ’78, Warner Brothers was especially nervous about a little tune called “Punky’s Whips.” The tune concerned drummer Terry Bozzio’s lurid sexual fantasies about one Punky Meadows, guitarist for the band Angel. Since Angel was then regarded as an important player in the music industry (yeah, right), Warners sat on the album for a long while and then deleted the track altogether. With this CD reissue “Punky’s Whips” is back in all its glory, along with four other songs not on the original vinyl.

Disc #1: Titties & Beer, I Promise Not To Come In Your Mouth, Big Leg Emma; Sofa, Manx Needs Women, The Black Page Drum Solo/Black Page #1, Black Page #2, Honey, Don’t You Want A Man Like Me?, The Illinois Enema Bandit, The Purple Lagoon


Disc #2: Bonus Concert Performances - Part One: “The Most Important Musical Event Of 1976”, Peaches En Regalia, The Torture Never Stops, Black Page #2, Punky’s Whips intro, Punky’s Whips, I Promise Not To Come In Your Mouth, Honey, Don’t You Want A Man Like Me?, The Illinois Enema Bandit, “Two For The Price Of One”, Penis Dimension, Montana


Disc #3: Bonus Concert Performances - Part Two: America Drinks, “Irate Phone Calls”, Sofa #2, “The Moment You’ve All Been Waiting For”, I’m The Slime, Pound For A Brown, Terry’s Solo, The Black Page Drum Solo/Black Page #1, Big Leg Emma, “Jazz Buffs and Buff-etts”, The Purple Lagoon, Find Her Finer, The Origin Of Manx, Manx Needs Women, Chrissy Puked Twice, Cruisin’ For Burgers 


Disc #4: Bonus Concert Performances - Part Three: The Purple Lagoon/Any Kind Of Pain, “The Greatest New Undiscovered Group In America”, Black Napkins, Dinah-Moe Humm, Finale 


Disc #5: Bonus Vault Content: The Black Page #2 (Piano Version), I Promise Not To Come In Your Mouth (Alternate Version), Chrissy Puked Twice, Cruisin’ For Burgers (1977 Mix), Black Napkins (c)1976, Punky’s Whips (Unused Version), The Black Page #1 (Piano Version)


Release Date 29 March 2019

Zappa In New York – 40th Anniversary - Triple Vinyl

“In celebration of it’s eventual release in 1978, this 40th Anniversary Edition features all-analog mastering of the original album mix, unavailable since first issued. Plus, an additional LP of select bonus content from The Vault, and new liner notes from Ruth Underwood and Ray White. The 3LP is pressed at Pallas, Germany on 180 gram audiophile grade vinyl.

Recorded live in New York City at the end of 1976. Heavy on, well, “freewheeling” lyrical content, with “Titties & Beer” and “The Illinois Enema Bandit” (the latter featuring “sophisticated narration” by Don Pardo) being special favorites with young males of a certain age. Also here is the song that gets most peoples’ vote for the best title ever to grace a Zappa instrumental, “I Promise Not to Come In Your Mouth.”

Side #1: Titties ’N’ Beer, I Promise Not To Come In Your Mouth, Big Leg Emma

Side #2: Sofa, Manx Needs Women, The Black Page Drum Solo/Black Page #1, Black Page #2

Side #3: Honey, Don’t You Want A Man Like Me?, The Illinois Enema Bandit

Side #4: The Purple Lagoon

Bonus Disc- Side #5: Black Napkins, Cruisin’ For Burgers 1977 Mix

Bonus Disc- Side #6: The Black Page #2 Piano Version, I Promise Not To Come In Your Mouth Alt. Version, Punky’s Whips Unused Version, The Black Page #1 Piano Version


Release Date 29 March 2019

News from Mike Keneally

"We start rehearsals for The Bizarre World of Frank Zappa in March. We'll start announcing dates very soon. I'll say a lot more about it later, but basically, take whatever your expectations about what a Zappa hologram tour might be, and abandon them, because this is going to be an experience unlike anything that's happened to you before. From a musical standpoint, I'm delighted to be joining Joe Travers, Scott Thunes, Ray White, Robert Martin and Ed Mann in bringing Frank's amazing music to you (some of which has never been heard before), and from a visual standpoint, we are going to present something you simply won't see coming. Not gonna say more than that for now, but prepare to be truly affected by this experience.

All right! I love you! Thank you for reading! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!"

-- Mike

new: The Broadcast Collection (3-LP)

Coming with remastered sound, this TRIPLE-LP offers radio broadcast recordings from two legendary performances that took place in NYC (1977) and Munich (1980), plus interviews from 1982 and 1983. The records are pressed on 140-gram vinyl.

Side 1: Intro (Flakes) / San Ber'dino / Tryin' To Grow A Chin / City Of Tiny Lites / The Squirm / Big Leg Emma (live FM Broadcast From The Palladium NYC 31st October 1977) (23:34)


Side 2: Audience Participation / The Black Page #2 / Jones Crusher / Camarillo Brillo / Black Napkins (24:21)


Side 3: Chunga's Revenge / Mudd Club / The Meek Shall Inhrit Nothing / Joe's Garage / A Pound For A Brown On The Bus / Cosmik Debris / Keep It Greasey (live FM Broadcast From The Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany 3rd July 1980) (19:26)


Side 4: Pick Me I'm Clean / The Illinois Enema Bandit / You Didn't Try To Call Me / Ain't Got No Heart / Love Of My Life (20:52)


Side 5: City Of Tiny Lines / Late Show Interview, August 1982 (with Moon Zappa) (9:03)


Side 6: Late Show Interview, July 1983 / Late Show Interview, October 1983 (14:42)


limited 3xLP box set in slipcase / Label: Parachute / Cat: PARA 221BX / Released: 17 Dec 18

The beauty of the jazzier side of Zappa's vast repertoire

Ben Allison "Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)"

Frank Zappa "Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance" from The Lost Episodes

Colin Towns & The NDR Bigband "Willie the Pimp" from Frank Zappa's Hot Licks (And Funny Smells)

The Ed Palermo Big Band "Sleep Dirt" from Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance

Mike Mainieri "King Kong" from An American Diary

Stefano Bollani "Eat That Question" from Sheik Yer Zappa

Frank Zappa "Black Napkins" from You Can't Do That (Stage Anymore, Vol. 6

Daniele Sepe & Rote Jazz Fraktion "Peaches en regalia" from Suonarne 1 x educarne 100

Woody Herman "America Drinks and Goes Home" from Thundering Herd

Le Bocal "Little Umbrellas" from Oh No!...Just Another Frank Zappa Memorial Barbecue

Riccardo Fassi Tankio Band "G Spot Tornado" from Riccardo Fassi Tankio Band Plays Zappa

David Kikoski "Oh No" from Surf's Up

Zach Brock "Twenty Small Cigars" from Purple Sound

Javon Jackson "Zoot allures" from A Look Within

Jean-Luc Ponty "How Would You Like to Have a Head Like That" from King Kong

Zappatistas "Harry You're A Beast/Oh No/Theme From Lumpy Gravy" from The Music Of FZ Absolutely Live

Flat Earth Society "Random Riffs" from Terms of Embarassment

Anais Drago & The Jellyfish "Zappa Changes" from Anais Drago & The Jellyfish

Asphalt Orchestra "Zomby Woof" from Asphalt Orchestra

Rare Childhood Photos of Frank Zappa From the 1940s

Frank Zappa with his family from between the 1940s and early 1950s @

Christine Frka, a.k.a. "Miss Christine"

Her story remains largely a mystery => Erik Himmelsbach-Weinstein @

The Ultimate Droodles Compendium by Roger Price

Before the inspired nonsense of Monty Python, David Letterman and the Far Side, there were Droodles.


With a few squiggles in a simple square, these clever drawings created absurd scenes like "Ship arriving too late to save a drowning witch" (used by Frank Zappa as an album cover), "Octopus signaling for a left turn" and "Clam with buck teeth."


And they were all the creation of one brilliant and unpredictable man: Roger Price.


Paperback: 280 pages

Publisher: Tallfellow Press (March 6, 2019)

Language: English

R.I.P. Bob Zappa

Bob Zappa passed away on 8 December 2018.

Hommage an Jimmy Carl Black − 10 years gone

Eine Sondersendung auf 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! 

The Rare Tapes Broadcast: Garden City New York 31 December 1974 (2LP)

Frank Zappa, Bruce Fowler (3), George Duke, Ian Underwood, Jean-Luc Ponty, Ralph Humphrey, Ruth Underwood, Sal Marquez, Tom Fowler

Rare Tape Library Broadcast, WLIR FM

Garden City, NY, 31st December 1974

+ recorded at various locations 1973


A1. Intro (1:12)

A2. Tango Chat (4:25)

A3. Pygmy Twylyte/Dummy Up (2:58)

B1. Be-bop Tango Excerpt (2:25)

B2. The Story Of Dupree's Paradise (7:51)

C1. Yellow Snow Suite (14:41)

C2. Guitar Event (6:00)

D1. Bebop Tango Contest (13:08)

D2. Outro (0:26)

Label: Parachute (Irascible Distribution)

Vinyl (30. November 2018)

Strictly Zappa

Welcome to the long awaited Frank Zappa tribute @ Rock Strikes

Royal Northern College of Music plays Frank Zappa

Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance @ Union, Metropolitan University, Manchester, Nov. 30

Review by Steve T

Valentina Ciardelli on Frank Zappa and chamber music

Valentina is on a mission to showcase the double bass in a chamber music setting and elevate its prominence outside of the bass world. She’s also a huge fan of Frank Zappa, and she has arranged many of his works for solo double bass. => listen @

new book: Zappa's Gear by Mick Ekers

The Unique Guitars, Amplifiers, Effects Units, Keyboards, and Studio Equipment

Frank Zappa was an unremitting musical innovator and experimenter, always looking for ways to exploit the latest advances in technology. His working life coincided with the explosive development of music technology that ran from the 1960s through the following three decades. Without such inventions as the Marshall amplifier, the Gibson SG, the wah-wah pedal, and the Synclavier – much of it modified to his requirements and used in ways for which they had never been designed – Zappa's “air sculptures,” as his music has been described, would have had a significantly different shape and texture.

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.


This is a new product that is not yet available but may be pre-ordered.

Series: Book
Publisher: Backbeat Books
Format: Hardcover
Author: Mick Ekers
Release Date: 07/09/2019

$45.00 (US)
Inventory #HL 00250877
ISBN: 9781540012029
UPC: 888680714963
256 pages

new: The Wrong Object / Zappa Jawaka (CD)

Marti MELIA: tenor sax, clarinet, backing vocals

François LOURTIE: tenor & soprano saxes, vocals

Michel DELVILLE: guitar, Roland GR09, vocals

Antoine GUENET: keyboards, vocals

Pierre MOTTET: bass

Laurent DELCHAMBRE: drums, percussions, objects, samples

1. Wonderful Wino 4:16

2. Mr Green Genes/King Kong 7:57

3. Big Swifty 4:38

4. This Town is a Sealed Tuna Sandwich/The Sealed Tuna Bolero 5:11

5. Apostrophe/Chunga’s Revenge 6:24

6. Sleep Dirt 4:29

7. Wedding Dress Song/Handsome Cabin Boy 5:49

8. I’m the Slime 4:47


Physical and digital release on the 23rd of November 2018.

Kammermusik: Transcriptiones - Zapping!

Arrangements der Musik von Frank Zappa und Johann Sebastian Bach

Das italienische Duo Inventionis Mater (in Anlehnung an Frank Zappas erste Band „The Mothers of Invention“) zeigt an Transkriptionen von Zappas verstiegenem, wunderlichem Rock dessen musikalische und stilistische Vielseitigkeit: von Rhythm’n Blues bis Dodekaphonie.


Das Duo erzählt die Geschichte eines Genies, dessen lebendige Musik ihre Kraft bis heute nicht verloren hat – eines Gauklers auf der dünnen Linie zwischen Kunst und Pop, der eine wahrhaftig zeitgenössische Musik geschaffen hat, voller Ironie und intellektuellem Vergnügen.


Pierpaolo Romani - Klarinette
Andrea Pennati - Gitarre


Samstag, 23.02.2019 / Schinkelsaal, Magdeburg

Ensemble Modern spielt Frank Zappa

Vorverkauf gestartet: Im Rahmen der KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen 2019 gibt das Ensemble Modern am 18. Mai in der Eilenriedehalle des HCC ein Frank-Zappa-Konzert. => Tickets


Bereits vor rund 40 Jahren, im März 1979, begeisterte der legendäre amerikanische Musiker und Multimediakünstler Frank Zappa rund 4.000 Besucher in der Eilenriedehalle, der damals wichtigsten Konzerthalle Hannovers. Unter der Leitung des Dirigenten und Intendanten der Kunstfestspiele Ingo Metzmacher spielt am Samstag, 18. Mai 2019 das Frankfurter Ensemble Modern an gleicher Stelle Musik aus den Alben "The Yellow Shark" und "Greggery Peccary & Other Persuasions".


  • Dog / Meat - aus: The Yellow Shark (Arr. Ali N. Askin) (1992)
  • Outrage at Valdez - aus: The Yellow Shark (1992)
  • The Girl in the Magnesium Dress - aus: The Yellow Shark (Arr. Ali N. Askin) (1992)
  • Ruth is Sleeping - aus: The Yellow Shark (Arr. Ali N. Askin) (1992)
  • Get Whitey - aus: The Yellow Shark (1992)
  • G-Spot-Tornado - aus: The Yellow Shark (Arr. Ali N. Askin) (1992)
  • What will Rumi Do? - aus: Greggery Peccary & Other Persuasions
  • Night School - aus: Greggery Peccary & Other Persuasions (Transcript / Orch. Ali N. Askin)
  • Revised Music for Low Budget Orchestra - aus: Greggery Peccary & Other Persuasions
  • The Beltway Bandits - aus: Greggery Peccary & Other Persuasions (Transcript/ Orch. Ali N. Askin)
  • A Pig With Wings - aus: Greggery Peccary & Other Persuasions (Synclavier Transcription by Todd Yvega / Orch. Ali N. Askin)
  • Put a Motor in Yourself - aus: Greggery Peccary & Other Persuasions (Transcript / Orch Ali N. Askin)
  • Moggio - aus: Greggery Peccary & Other Persuasions (Orch. Ali N. Askin)

Singapore Symphony Orchestra: Rock in 60 Minutes

The Mothers of Invention, Daft Punk and Radiohead: orchestral reimaginations! The SSO performs an explosive, rock-infused, electric, genre-bending night of music from the likes of Frank Zappa.


Nick Omiccioli - [fuse]         

Connesson, Guillaume (b. 1970) - Night-Club        

Dessner, Bryce (b. 1976) - Imagining Buffalo        

Dessner, Bryce (b. 1976) - St Carolyn by the Sea   

Zappa, Frank (1940-1993) - G-Spot Tornado          

Zappa, Frank (1940-1993) - The Dog Breath Variations/ Uncle Meat       

Zappa, Frank (1940-1993) - Peaches en Regalia     

Radiohead - Weird Fishes (arr. Hyken)       

Radiohead - Jigsaw Falling into Place (arr. Hyken)

Daft Punk - Humans vs. Robots (arr. Hyken)          


Esplanade Concert Hall Singapore, 038981, Singapur / January 31, 2019 / 7:30 p.m.

new: The Poodle Magic Pig Type by Fred Händl - feat. Mark Watson

The Poodle Magic Pig Type is an album with fourteen songs composed by Frank Zappa. Arranged, performed and produced by Fred Händl, with the collaboration of the following amazing people, who have made this whole project possible:

Alan White, for my picture. Andrew Greenaway, for my biography. Ben Faydherbe, for graphic design. Clint Walker, Corné van Hooijdonk, Larry St. Pierre, Richard Drakes and Stephen Jones for voice. Craig 'Twister' Steward, for the guitar solos on Dirty Love. Dan Cooper, for Ms. Pinky. Dave Lee, for the guitar and for playing bass on Ms. Pinky and backing bass on Peaches en Regalia. David Noodler, for guitars on Peaches en Regalia. Eliot Aitken (not Aitkin), for the solo on Uncle Remus. Herrie Friend, for the soundscape on Dirty Love. John Parkinson, for drums on Duke of Prunes and Ms. Pinky. Kevin Crosby, for advice, for Duke of Prunes, for bass on Peaches en Regalia, for Z.E.R.O.. Marcel van de Vondervoort, for co-producing, mixing, mastering, drums on Peaches en Regalia, drums on Stink-Foot, hospitality and goeie schik. Mark Watson, for narrating, for singing, for advice, for believing. Marko Nakari, for the guitar solo on Peaches en Regalia. Prairie Prince, for drums on Any Way The Wind Blows. Rupert Kettle, for guitar on Ms. Pinky. Steffen Schindler, for vocals on Oh No and Uncle Remus. Yhi Lee, for amazing artwork.


releases December 1, 2018 / All tracks composed by Frank Zappa.

Arranged, performed and produced by Fred Händl. Mixed, Mastered and Co-produced by Marcel van de Vondervoort at The Torture Garden Studio, Oss.

Duke of Prunes, produced by Kevin Crosby / Peaches en Regalia, produced by Marcel van de Vondervoort - on concert replay

21.12.2018, 20.00 - 22.00 Uhr: Zappanale #29: Fried Dähn & Skin of Clazz

04.01.2019, 20.00 - 21.30 Uhr: Zappanale #29: PinioL

18.01.2019, 20.00 - 21.10 Uhr: Zappanale #29: Lindsay Cooper Songbook

01.02.2019, 20.00 - 22.10 Uhr: Zappanale #29: Sex without Nails Bro´Sis

15.02.2019, 20.00 - 21.05 Uhr: Zappanale #29: Alex´s Hand

01.03.2019, 20.00 - 23.10 Uhr: Zappanale #29: Bozzio-O’Hearn-Cuccurullo Power Trio with Denny Walley

15.03.2019, 20.00 - 21.45 Uhr: Zappanale #29: Coogans Bluff

29.03.2019, 20.00 - 21.45 Uhr: Zappanale #29: Monika Roscher Bigband

12.04.2019, 20.00 - 21.05 Uhr: Zappanale #29: Bonnen, Aigui & Burghaus

26.04.2019, 20.00 - 21.50 Uhr: Zappanale #29: The Grandmothers of Invention

10.05.2019, 20.00 - 20.45 Uhr: Zappanale #29: Goodbye Session

24.05.2019, 20.00 - 21.10 Uhr: Zappanale #29: Gabba Zappa Hey! - on concert

19.07.2019, 15.00 - 24.00 Uhr: 30. Zappanale, live aus Bad Doberan

20.07.2019, 15.00 - 24.00 Uhr: 30. Zappanale, live aus Bad Doberan

21.07.2019, 15.00 - 24.00 Uhr: 30. Zappanale, live aus Bad Doberan

SWR Linie Zwei Konzertreihe

FRANK ZAPPA - Ausgewählte Werke / SWR Symphonieorchester / Dirigent: Wayne Marshall
"Ein Komponist ist ein Typ, der arglosen Luftmolekülen seinen Willen aufzwingt, oft mit Hilfe argloser Musiker." Ob Frank Zappa sich selbst eher als Komponist verstand oder als Rockmusiker oder vielleicht als Satiriker des Musikbetriebs, hing von Phasen, Stimmungen, Kontexten und Gelegenheiten ab. Tatsächlich hat er zahlreiche Instrumentallwerke geschrieben, auch für größere Ensemble- oder Orchesterbesetzungen. Edgard Varese, Anton Webern, Maurice Ravel, Igor Strawinsky, Karlheinz Stockhausen und Charles Ives gehörten zu seinen Helden der so genannten E-Musik. "Linie Zwei" bringt Wayne Marshalls Auswahl aus Zappas Partituren, deren Aufführungen der Komponist nur teilweise, aber glücklich erst in der späten Zusammenarbeit mit dem Ensemble Modern erlebte.


Freiburg im Breisgau, E-Werk, Saal


Fr, 07.12.2018 - 20:00 Uhr

Fr, 01.02.2019 - 20:00 Uhr

Sa, 06.04.2019 - 20:00 Uhr

So, 07.04.2019 - 20:00 Uhr

Mi, 29.05.2019 - 20:00 Uhr

The Bizarre World Of Frank Zappa - Hologram Tour Set For 2019

“The Bizarre World Of Frank Zappa” will include longtime and legendary Zappa players Ray White, Mike Keneally, Scott Thunes, Robert Martin and Ed Mann with Joe “Vaultmeister” Travers; they’ll be joined along the way by Steve Vai, Ian Underwood, Lady Bianca, Napoleon Murphy Brock and Arthur Barrow. Hours of never-before-seen (or heard) Zappa performance footage from the early seventies form the basis of the “can’t miss” concert spectacle.

ZappaCast Episode 39

Lumpy Gravy and We’re Only In It For The Money at 50!

Are you hung up? Well the ZappaCast is here to lend you a hand! Our roundtable panel is back for this episode, replete with some new voices as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the LUMPY GRAVY and the WE’RE ONLY IN IT FOR THE MONEY albums! Music, mirth and more! Plus Mick gives us an update on his book ZAPPA’S GEAR! Just in time for the start of fall and a kicking off some busy months to come for Zappa fans, it’s the ZappaCast!

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.“


You can read and download it for free.

An analysis of the evolution of Frank Zappa’s BE-BOP TANGO