Det Skandaløse Orkester

Whenever a band with a name like this tells it's inspired by Frank Zappa (yes, there are a few others as well), you have to be alert. If one then is told that apart from Zappa, YES, Pink Floyd, 50 Hertz, comedy music from the mid-90s and the Bare Egil Band are among the sources of inspiration, this can only lead to one thing: chaotic madness.

Det Skandaløse Orkester comes from Bergen in Norway. Seemingly a city with a certain breeding ground for music. (Edvard Grieg, Kaizers Orchestra ...). In fact the band considers itself as „the best thing coming from Bergen since Edvard Grieg“.

The band was founded in 2011 and released their first album "„No Har De Laget Skandale Igjen!" in 2014 digitally, on CD and on vinyl. The current album - "Tenk om noen ser deg" which means "What if someone sees you" – was released last year (2018). If you listen to the albums, the statement about the sources of inspiration makes perfect sense. But it is not the chaotic madness. It's awesome controlled chaos, and a lot of fun.

All songs are composed by Sondre Jørgensen, keyboarder of the band. Titles such as "I'd fucking love to be on TV" or "A naked man was found in a trash can" could have come straight from Zappa's pen. There are also some similarities with Zappa‘s live bands of the 70's, in instrumentation with horns and melodic percussion as well as in the eccentric stage presence.

One of the stars of the band next to the guitarist Øystein Eriksen is "the party in particular" and therefore it was clear when and where Det Skandaløse Orkester will find its place at the 30th Zappanale: Saturday night, Mystery Stage. It will be loud, hot and tight ... on and off stage. We say: Party On!                                                      

Det Skandaløse Orkester:

Sondre Jørgensen: keyboards, vocals
Mats Erik Zen: vocals, guitar
Øystein Bech-Eriksen: guitar, vocals
Søster Pling: vocals
Jørgen Haugland: bass
Gjert Hermansen: drums
Morten Norheim: saxophones
William Grøv-Skramsett: trumpet
Nataniel Hjønnevåg: percussion


Ed Palermo Big Band (US)

Ed Palermo's Big Band! Yes. Yes. Yes.

After many years – the legendary Z#13 – Ed Palermo is finally again visiting us with his band at Zappanale. And there's rather nothing more to say than: Have fun and enjoy!
But of course he and his band are worth some more words. Ed Palermo's Big Band - they are playing together since 1980 - belongs definitely to those Zappa cover bands who have left the "cover stadium". For Ed Palermo, saxophonist, band leader and arrangeur it's not a matter of reproducing the works of Frank Zappa but to interprete them totally in the spirit of Frank. He is arranging and mixing classic with jazz and R&B, enwrapping it with rich wind sections. His arrangements are peppered with unexpected twists and his band is keeping an easiness even at complex and speedy structures so that they are finding back to the main theme, which makes listening and watching a great experience. Ed Palermo's own works are in no way inferior to Zappa's interpretations, they fit seamlessly into the masterplan just like the conversions from other musicians.

„He was using the instrumentation of a traditional big band, but his arrangements and songs were anything else. When I thought that the music would take a particular direction it turned around the corner. Ed is able to keep this important balance between cohesiveness and unpredictability. Ed Palermo's music is vital and representing now.“ Gil Evans

After Zappa's death Ed,who got the Zappa virus from the „Mothers“, came up with the idea to give a tribute concert with his band. This show has been back then the most popular show of the big band – in the former club „The Bitter End“.
Thereupon the band was contacted from Alan Pepper from the club „The Bottom Line“, which lead to a nine year long engagement. During these year long engagements in the clubs of New York (after the „Botttom Line“ there were 10 years following at the „Iridium“) they performed mainly Zappa arrangements. At these shows it was inevitable that they met several Zappa alumni: Napoleon Murphy Brock, Gary Lucas, Mike Keneally, Ray White, Ike Willis, Candy Zappa, Denny Walley as well as Mats & Morgan have been guest musicians at these shows ... and because some of the musicians mentioned above will be guests at the jubilee Zappanale, too, it suggests itself to repeat one or another of those guest performances.

1997 they recorded their first Zappa album „The Ed Palermo Big Band plays the music of Frank Zappa“ which was published by Astor Place.
2006 they published under the label Cuneiform Records their second CD „Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance“.
2009 the band published their third CD „Eddy Loves Frank“, again on Cuneiform.
In February 2014 „OH NO!! NOT JAZZ!!“ was published and got enthusiastic write-ups, one 4 star rating from the Downbeat Magazine among them. 
2015 the band released the album „One Child Left Behind“ with Napoleon Murphy Brock and „Candy“ Zappa, Frank's sister.
In the year 2016 the band published the albums „The Great Un-American Songbook“, Volume 1 & 2, with Napoleon Murphy Brock, and this album got a 4 star rating from the Downbeat Maganzine, too.
And also the actual (2017) release „The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren – The music from Frank Zappa and Todd Rundgren“ is receiving enthused reviews.

„Eddy Loves Frank, „OH NO!! NOT JAZZ!!“, „One Child Left Behind“, „The Great Un-American Songbook“ and „The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren“ have been produced by Bruce McDaniel, guitarist and vocalist of the band.

Ed Palermo is teaching music at Hoff/Barthelson in Scarsdale, New York. He was recently named from the online magazin The Daily Beast as one of the 40 „fascinating musicians one should pay attention to“.

Unpredictability is a key element of Ed Palermo Big Band. The audience never knows what to expect, except total madness and brilliance.

Please „do sit down“ and enjoy it!


The Grandmothers of Invention (US)

The Grandmothers of Invention? Did we miss something? Didn't they want to quit?

Meanwhile Don and Bunk became friends whom you don't deny a wish. But let's listen to Wolfhard and his travelogue about LA and especially his visit at Don's: »Of course we talked about Zappanale and Don wanted to be part of the 30. recurrence, even if his health is not that good anymore. I told him, that I would want a performance of „Billy The Mountain“ and he looked at me and answered: „For you I am playing whatever you want.“ « (You can read both parts of the travel report in the Arf-Dossiers no. 99 and the jubilee issue no. 100.)

Well. So what could we do? Accept!

Besides Don and Bunk Chris Garcia will of course be participating. But this year there will be some more musicians on stage. Don, Bunk and Chris will be supported by band members from the „Ed Palermo Big Band“ and by members from the band „Percussion Under Construction“.

Bunk Gardner (Mothers of Invention 1966-1969)
tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, bar hiking, straightforward man, funny verbal exchange, food critic and vocals

Don Preston (Mothers of Invention 1966-1974)
piano, keyboard synthesizer, electronic magic, gong, wigs, exploding devices, bicycle adjuster, magic hands, Mr. MOTO and vocals

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Zappanale #30

Dear Zappanale visitor!
Next year it will be time for the 30th Zappanale - from July 19. to July 21th. And we're glad to say that we're already hard at work to organize a special anniversary program for the occasion with lots of exciting guests!
Our Guiding Principle is of course making sure that we have a reasonable budget that covers all the costs. Unfortunately, though, while doing the finances for the 30th Anniversary Zappanale we determined that the usual yearly price increase of about 5 % in the upcoming year won't be enough to pay all the bills.
There are several reasons for this, the most important being that the Anniversary program will mean a considerable increase in the travel and accommodation costs for our guest performers. And on top of that the operating costs for the Zappanale itself have risen much faster than usual in the last few years.

And: One of our main sponsors has just decided to stop working with us.

As the Zappanale promoters, we feel an unconditional responsibility to uphold and continue the spirit and memory of Frank Zappa. But we've also realized that we're not a mainstream festival and our enthusiasm is no guarantee of an endless supply of sponsors.

With this important background information, here is the price structure for Zappanale 30:

Cash sale on Zappanale #29 festival premises: € 200.-
Christmas Special: € 220.-
Advance sales: € 230.-
Door sales/Zappanale #30 box office: € 260.-
... and unfortunately we also have to discontinue the "10+1" offer.

We know we can count on you to understand the situation and the need to change prices. And we're already looking forward to celebrating the Zappanale this year and next year together with you!
Music is the Best!
Your Zappanale team

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Zappanale #31

15. - 17.07.2022
The Torture stops in 432 days!