Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Frank Zappa comes to Aldeburgh


I suspect that last night's Snape Prom was the first time that the music of Frank Zappa has been played at Aldeburgh. Earlier in their set Scottish based cross-genre band Mr McFall's Chamber had given the English premiere of a commission from Gavin Bryars, and they finished with a stomping version for string quartet, piano and bass of Zappa's G Spot Tornado (that link is a video performance). Particularly interesting, in view of recent posts, is the connection between Frank Zappa and Pierre Boulez (last link is video).

Listen to an audio sample of Mr McFall's Chamber here. Photo of Boulez and Zapp from ZapInFrance. Any copyrighted material on these pages is included as "fair use", for the purpose of study, review or critical analysis only, and will be removed at the request of copyright owner(s). Report broken links, missing images and other errors to - overgrownpath at hotmail dot co dot uk

3 comments:

Pliable said...

I suspect I may be wrong (again).

Have the Britten Sinfonia or Pshappa played Zappa at Aldeburgh?

Pliable said...

Email received

...and on top of that, Van Halen is back.

Well, it was news to ME!!!
Now ask me if i care!
Anyway, nothing's the same since Freddy Mercury died...

Cheers
David Cavlovic

Pliable said...

Nice link.