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Opening Exhibition

At this year‘s exhibition we will present the comprehensive musical work of the Power Trio Warren Cuccurullo / Patrick O’Hearn / Terry Bozzio. Do you remember Duran Duran or The Missing Persons? … Are included. As well as Warren's collaboration with Arthur Barrow and Tommy Mars in a Free Jazz formation. Terry's discs in cooperation with Herbie Hancock, The Knack, Jeff Beck and Tony Levin (just to name a few) will also be on display here. Patrick’s work with Ravi Shankar, John Hiatt or Richard Marx shows you that he did not only appear on Zappa discs or solo releases.

A real highlight will be Bill Gubbins’ photographs: He shot images of Frank Zappa during the Hot Rats recordings and compiled them for a book. The photos are so far unpublished and we are already very excited.

Artist Olaf Roesler exhibits some of his large format pictures under the motto "Great Googly Moogly in Oil".

Since we are celebrating a small anniversary with the tenth exhibition, we are also holding a review of the sad, the bizarre, the funny, the amazing...

The special events have firmly established themselves on the smallest Zappanale stage. Thursday’s fun from the Warm Up party will get a sequel on Friday with Gabba Zappa Hey! Friends, it's getting loud, fast and "really zappaesque". Afterwards, Fried Dähn will calm us down again with his cello.

On Saturday, you will have a chance to ask Pauline Butcher questions and listen to her stories. Pauline was Zappa's secretary from 1968 to 1972 and founded the fan club "United Mutations". Anecdote on the sidelines: Zappa hired her because of her utter ignorance of contemporary music. When he found out she was asking Eric Clapton what kind of instrument he was playing, she got the job. Afterwards it will continue musically ... let us surprise you!

On Sunday, after their performance with Fried Dähn & Skin of Clazz, Jogi Nestel and Klaus Küting will perform excerpts from their duo concert program with small equipment: Marimba with a small drum set and tenor steel pan. Of course, a little Zappa will be included in the program too. Then you will get the chance to listen to one of the well-founded lectures by Frank Wonneberg. He closes our special event program as every year.

We are looking forward to seeing you at these eventful days at Markt 3, in the center of Bad Doberan. The doors of the exhibition will open on Wednesday at 2PM for three hours. Thursday to Sunday, the exhibition is open from 10AM to 2PM, admission is free.

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Grandmothers of Invention (US)

BUNK GARDNER
(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!

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)

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

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

Genre
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........

MEDIA REVIEWS
"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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Bonnen, Aigui & Burghaus (DE/RUS)

Already five years ago Dietmar Bonnen (vocals, piano, organ), Alexei Aigui (violin) and Lothar Burghaus (clarinets) played the Zappanale prelude at Hamburg’s Katharinenkirche under the motto „Dylan, Hendrix, Zappa play for Bach“. This year they are coming to Bad Doberan for the first time.

The composer, interpreter and trained church organist Dietmar Bonnen, born in 1958, studied music and art in Cologne and Düsseldorf. The combination of new music, rock and jazz led early to the recording of John Cage music like "Five". For the Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) Bonnen created the soundscape composition "Beijing" in Beijing and Cologne. New recordings on CDs of his Cologne music publisher "Obst" range from Hildegard von Bingen to Frank Zappa.

The violinist Alexei Aigui, born in 1971, from Moscow, Russia, studied at the Ippolitov-Ivanov Music Academy and founded the Ensemble for New Music 4'33 ''. Participation in various international jazz and ballet festivals as well as commissioned work on the remaking of classic films such as "Metropolis".

Dietmar Bonnen played his first concert with violinist and composer Alexei Aigui in Moscow, 1994. The same year Alexei founded his Ensemble 4‘33‘‘, named after John Cage’s composition. It was the first Russian Ensemble to perform works by La Monte Young, Toru Takemitsu, Morton Feldman and Terry Riley.

As a duo they have produced CDs with own versions of music by as different coposers as Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Weill. Furthermore they present one half of the Russian-German Composers Quartet. And Alexei is the solo violinist in Dietmar‘s Ensemble de Plainte.

One focus of Alexei's compositional work lies in the field of film music. Dietmar Bonnen had the pleasure to be the singer on some of his soundtracks. A theme music, the version of a soviet hit of the 80s "Do not Cry", became a little underground hit in Russia. Alexei's father is the Russian-Chuvash poet Gennady Aigui.

Clarinetist and saxophonist Lothar Burghaus, born in 1969, has been working regularly with Dietmar Bonnen in various ensembles since 1995. In addition, the physician was a member of the Cologne saxophone quartet "Brassless" and the only true wind orchestra "Dicke Luft". Burghaus also is a member of the Arf Society.

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Zappanale #30

19. - 21.07.2019
The Torture stops in 331 days!
19. - 21. Juli 2019
The Torture stops in 331 days!