Zappa plays for Bach – Frank Out! feat. R. Martin

The program for Zappanale 26 presents works by Frank Zappa, Johann Sebastian Bach, Robert Martin, and others. Including adaptations of the legendary music opera „Yellow Shark“ 1993 at the Frankfurt Opera. The concert and the Catherine's ensemble again was put together especially for the Hamburg concert. The Southern German Zappa cover band „Frank Out!“, Robert Martin and Albert Wing of „Banned from Utopia“ will also be performing at the Zappanale Festival in Bad Doberan.

Robert „Bobby“ Martin, born in 1948, is a classically educated hornist and multi-instrumentalist from Philadelphia, whose parents have already been working as opera singers. His scope ranges from the flugelhorn in the symphony to the companion of the US singer Etta James, from Zappa's extreme compositions such as "Envelopes" to Soft Rock for the TV series Baywatch or musical advice for Prince and Bette Milder. Since 1981 he toured with Frank Zappa and played on albums like “Thing Fish” or “The Dub Room Special”. In 1988, Martin and Albert Wing performed in Hamburg with Zappa’s "Best Band You (N)ever Heard!" . Today Martin is touring with "Banned from Utopia". But: "My studio is my main instrument".

Albert Wing, born in 1952, already learned to play the Clarinet at the age of nine, Saxophone with thirteen and visited school in Salt Lake City. In 1973, he nearly became a member of the "Mothers of Invention", but singer and saxophonist Napoleon Murphy Brock scooped him. Later Wing played for Zappa in various Classics as “Broadway The Hard Way” or “You Can`t Do That on Stage Anymore“, and in leading US jazz ensembles as well as with George Benson and Diana Ross. Lately Wing, also a member of the "Banned from Utopia", was dealing with the Brandenburg Concertos of JSB for a CD production.

„Frank Out!“, is one of the two successor bands of "Sheik Yerbouti" from Hessen/Rheinland Pfalz. "No one gets closer to Zappa than Sheik Yerbouti ", was the verdict of the Rhein-Zeitung from Mainz at the time. The visitors of the concert "Zappa spielt für Bach" in 2009 in St. Catherine appreciated the authentic way of playing a "Zappa unplugged" version by the six pros and semi-pros: Pianist and band founder Thomas Jung, born in 1965, guitarist Kai Rothfuchs, 1969, Zappa voice Harry Sebels, 1953, "Sweet" George Rademacher, 1964, bassist Jürgen Kocher, 1971 and drummer of the evening, Dieter Steinmann, born in 1962. The band has developed the musical program of the evening in co-operation with Robert Martin.

Siglinde Koch Sembdner, born in 1984, concert harpist from the Musikhochschule Düsseldorf already played in 2014 with the "American-European Mothers of Music" and the "The String Trash Project" in St Catherine the zappaesque and classical music of musical modernity. She also presents classics of Bach Opus (BWV) on the rarely used instrument.

Start 08 p.m., Hauptkirche St. Katharinen, Katharinenkirchhof 1, 20457 Hamburg (Tickets)


Frank Out!

„Frank Out!“ is one of the two successor bands of "Sheik Yerbouti" from Hessen/Rheinland Pfalz. "No one gets closer to Zappa than Sheik Yerbouti ", was the verdict of the Rhein-Zeitung from Mainz at the time.

Last year the Grandsheiks (the remains of the original Sheik Yerbouti enforced by wonderful musicians) were on stage at the Zappanale. This year the other half of the Sheiks (Thomas Jung, Harry Sebel and „Sweet“ Georg Rademacher) will be there. Under the name “Frank Out!”. They will be supported by the Sheik Yerbouti founding member Kai Rotfuchs, the former Sheik Marco Steffen and bassist Jürgen Kochler from the Hunsrück.

They are looking forward to “performing a firework of Zappa classics, stomping Rock songs and wild Jazz improvisations” and with the voice of Harry Sebel they will make the Zappa fans dream.

But Frank Out! will already be in the starting blocks earlier. They have developed the musical program of the concert on Wednesday in Hamburg together with Robert Martin, and will be on stage there together with Albert Wing for the first time. So Albert Wing will join the list of alumni guest musicians of SheikYerbouti/FrankOut!, which already includes Robert Martin, Denny Walley, Ed Mann, Mike Keneally and Napoleon Murphy Brock.


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Zappanale #30

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