Inventionis Mater feat. Valentina Ciardelli & Napoleon Murphy Brock – Zappa spielt für Bach, Hamburg, St. Katharinen

Das Programm umfasst wieder einmal Werke der Ausnahmekomponisten Frank Zappa (1940 bis 1993) sowie Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 bis 1750). Aber auch eigens von dem kammermusikalischen Trio erarbeitete Stücke barocker als auch zeitgenössiger Komponisten wie Igor Strawinsky (1882 bis 1971) u.a. Und das alles auf akustischen Instrumenten weitgehend „unplugged“, passend zur delikaten Akustik der großen Hauptkirche St. Katharinen. Ein besonderer Abend der neuen italienischen Kammermusik – musica da camera.

Valentina Ciardelli, Jahrgang 1989, stammt aus dem toskanischen Pietrasanta bei Lucca aus der Familie einer deutschen Mutter und eines italienischen Vaters. Zunächst studierte sie wie ihre Mutter Klavier, bevor sie sich für Kontrabass entschied um am „Institiuto Musicals L. Boccerini“ in Lucca 2014 ihr erstes Studium abschloss. In London bekam sie eine weitere Ausbildung als „Master of Performance“ am, Royal College of Musik. Mehrfach ausgezeichnet wirkte Ciardelli u.a. im „Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester“, dem „BBC Symphony Orchestra“ sowie dem „Royal Philharmonic Orchestra“. Im vergangenen Jahr formte sie mit dem Vibraphonisten Benjamin Boo (The Untouchables) aus Singapur sowie dem Duo Inventionis Mater aus Florenz ein Quartett. Beide Gruppen sind bereits in St. Katharinen aufgetreten. „Die Musik von Frank Zappa“, sagt die Arrangeurin und Interpretin, „hat mich schon früh fasziniert.“

Pierpaolo Romani, Jahrgang 1987, wurde in der toskanischen Provinz Siena geboren und studierte am Konservatorium Luigi Cherubini in Florenz Klarinette. Nach weiterer Ausbildung und Meisterklasse an der Musikschule Fisole wurde er in das italienische Jugendorchester sowie das Orchester Regionale Toskana verpflichtet. Neben einem Diplom in Informatik spezialisierte er sich auf Bassklarinette und bekam Unterricht bei mehreren Interpreten bedeutender Orchester in Rom und Mailand. Zusammen mit dem Gitarristen Andrea Pennati gründete er das Duo „Inventionis Mater“, das diverse Festivals und Auslandsengagements absolvierte.

Andrea Pennati, Jahrgang 1985, geboren im toskanischen Arezzo, studierte am Konservatorium Luigi Cherubini in Florenz und der Musikschule in Fisole klassische Gitarre. Als Vertreter der jüngeren Gitarristen-Generation gewann er als Solist sowie Kammermusiker bereits vielfältige Auszeichnungen. Auf der Zappanale 2017 kommentierte Dweezil Zappa die Auftritte der „Inventionis Mater“ in den vorangegangenen Jahren: „Ich schätzte die Anstrengung, die in die Interpretation geht. Schönes, eigenartiges musikalische Duo“.

Napoleon Murpy Brock, so überraschend wie Napoleon Bonaparte 1806 mit seinen Truppen Hamburg eroberte und die Pferde unfreundlicherweise in St. Katharinen abstellte, kommt jetzt der musikalische Napoleon zum diesjährigen "Zappa spielt für Bach"- Konzert als besonderer Gast dazu. Napoleon Murphy Brock hatte als Zappa-Alumni bereits das erste Konzert dieser Reihe vor 10 Jahren mit der US-Gruppe Bogus Pomp mitgestaltet. Give him a warm welcome...

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Grandmothers of Invention (US)

(with the Mothers of Invention from 1966-1969)
tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, bar walking, straight man, witty repartee, food critic and vocals

From: "Freak Out With The Grandmothers" tour booklet
A Cleveland Ohio native, born to Thelma and Charles Guanerra (why dad changed it to Gardner I'll never understand.) Started musically at age 7 with piano lessons from Elmira Snodgrass for 50 cents a lesson. Until the age of 12 I sucked my thumb and then replaced it with a clarinet, tenor sax, bassoon and finally flute. In 1954 my professional career started by being featured on sax and flute on Roulette Records Western T.V. themes. I then recorded and toured with Eartha Kitt, Tim Buckley, Frank Zappa, Little Richard, Van Morrison and the 4 Winds Ensemble. From Bassoonist with the Cleveland Philharmonic in 1950 to all the woodwinds with the Grandmothers in 1994 with a few stops inbetween like playing experimental music in 1962 with Don Preston, Frank Zappa and my brother Buzz in Don's studio to Geronimo Black with Jim in 1970. Also the Montage Trio & Quartet and one year of cullinary cooking at L.A. Trade Tech. I delved into many musical forms starting with boogie woogie and dixieland to classical and jazz to latin and fusion and finally avant-guarde. But I still love spontaneous improv and I'm secretly joined at the hip with roomate Don Preston!

(with the Mothers from 1966-1974)
piano, keyboard synthesizers, electronic wizardry, gongage, wigs, exploding devices, cycles adjuster, magic hands, Mr. MOTO, and vocals

From: "Freak Out With The Grandmothers" tour booklet
I grew up in Detroit Michigan where they make cars. At 12 years I was thrown out of school for hypnotising several students and a nun. I was also learning magic. The nuns used to beat my hands with a big ruler when I made mistakes playing the piano. Because of this weird treatment I began to like strange and dissonant music. I went to Trieste Italy in the army and shared a room with Buzz Gardner. At that time I wrote a number of chamber and orchestral works and later lost them. I learned to play the contra-bass. After returning to Detroit I insterted all the pistons in every fourth Dodge auto. Played for one year with Elvin Jones at the West End Cafe on bass. Moved to L.A. Did my stint with the Mothers and became romantically involved with 40 teenagers. Did a magic show at the Whiskey A Go Go. Later did a show at Moon Zappa's 6th birthday party.

Don Preston was quite possibly the first person to utilize synthesizers in live performance with Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention. Today, four decades after having built 'analog synthesizers' from scratch before most people had heard of such things, Preston is a living legend and a pioneer in music. Preston recorded and toured with Frank Zappa and the Mothers from 1966-1974 and can be heard on such classic albums as 'Absolutely Free', 'We're Only In It For The Money', 'Cruising With Ruben & the Jets', 'Uncle Meat', 'Burnt Weeny Sandwich', 'Weasels Ripped My Flesh', 'Fillmore East - June 1971', 'Just Another Band From LA', 'Waka/Jawaka', 'The Grand Wazoo' and 'Roxy & Elsewhere'. Along with Frank Zappa, Preston has worked with a number of well known music artists such as Carla Bley, The Residents, Flo & Eddie, Elvin Jones, Meredith Monk and Lou Rawls to name a few as well as scoring and recording part of the soundtrack for 'Apocalypse Now'. Preston also records and tours with former Mothers of Invention member Bunk Gardner as the Don & Bunk Show as well as Zappa alumni Napoleon Murphy Brock and Roy Estrada in the Grande Mothers Reinvented. Robert Moog, the father of the Moog synthesizer, was reportedly shocked by some of the sounds Preston was able to produce on the instrument. He even was quoted saying that Preston's solo on Zappa's "Waka/Jawaka" was the "best Moog solo ever recorded". (2010)

with FRANK ZAPPA (1978 to 1988)
melodic and non melodic mallet percussion, real and perceived

with the Grand Mothers of Invention (2002 to the present)
drumset, percussion, EAST LA (isms), invisible Mexican announcer, Art Laboe (isms), marimba, and vocals

the music of FRANK ZAPPA, played by the musicians who where there when it was created

In 2002 the GMOI gathered for the first time to rehearse the music of the MAESTRO for a 10 year commemoration of his passing. It was to be a one time event at the Gewendhaus in Leipzig Germany, recorded for Warner Bros in EU and filmed for the ARTE CHANNEL. Since then the band has gone on to perform over 400 concerts in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Holland, Hungary, Italy, Norway, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland USA, and Wales proving THAT THEY STILL CAN DO THAT ON STAGE........

"This isn't just another comeback, this is the reincarnation of the Mothers of Invention!"...

"From Zappa's 1960's to late 70's Mothers bands, the GrandMothers are touring the world and keeping Zappa's music alive."..

."The evening contained a lot of the contradictory eclectic, serious and circusy flavors of a Zappa show...the GrandMothers were able to go deeper into the material, rather than merely parroting Zappa's notoriously tricky composed lines." ...

"Who’s more original than Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention? Probably nobody, but the Grandmothers of Invention sure come close."...

"It’s clear to see that these men may be a little more grey these days, but their wit, musicianship and performing capabilities are that of a twenty year old. Age just don’t mean a thang.".......

"Tuesday's concert was thus not only a tribute to Zappa music, but also a tribute to his approach and ideas in which nothing was considered holy and in which there are no restrictions conventions and rules. "....

"Gardner performed a saxophone solo consisting of random off kilter notes while he writhed around on the floor. Antics like this gave the feeling of watching a real Zappa show and not just a nostalgic rehashing.".....

"The number of riffs, licks and mini-solos per song was off the Richter scale; latching on to one thread of ugly genius and grooving along was the only way to move."......"you don’t have to be a manic Frank Zappa fan to see that his one-time sidemen have had extremely interesting lives, and know their way around their instruments. It’s this last point they seem most interested in exploring: bass solos, drum solos, flute, guitar, gong solos
– it’s all here"

"Since, they’ve been living, breathing and truly reincarnating Zappa’s eclectic and tricky musical scores, and doing more than just playing the same notes all over again."....

"All that was missing was his hologram, which some fans shouted for. The entire band was tight, delivering a complex cacaphony of musical scales"....

"The fact is, from the moment these guys started, to the point they ended, the music production emitting from the stage, was nothing short of awesome."...

"What can I say, the band, simply kicked ass, bringing back Zappa songs enveloped in today’s technology, making it feel that Zappa, himself, was standing right in front of us."...

"The GrandMothers are significant in that they're performing difficult compositions originally recorded by larger ensembles with just five instrumentalists, four of whom also sing."...

"The music was, as expected, wild and unrestricted, the musicians were absolutely incredible and the actual stage show was completely engaging."...

"Seeing the Grandmothers was an eye-opener for long-time Zappa fans and newbies alike. Zappa’s music lives in these men – not just through their impeccable musical abilities, but in their chemistry, stage presence and genuine love for the music."...

"The Grandmothers are indeed 'not from this planet.' They are better than that. They reminded us that this, the music of the ages, manifests in a performance without tapes, without lip synching, without pretense. And when it comes down to it, fun is the name of the game. You could see how much fun these guys were having on stage, how much they loved this."

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Zappanale #29

20. - 22.07.2018
The Torture stops in 118 days!
20. - 22.07.2018
The Torture stops in 118 days!