I found it coincidental that news broke on Monday about a Frank Zappa hologram experience. The announcement seemed designed to build on the hype surrounding Justin Timberlake’s tribute to Prince at the Superbowl. The rumor mill speculated that half-time would involve a Prince hologram concert appearance, which did not materialize.
In 1974, Frank Zappa transformed his Los Angeles rehearsal space into a sound stage and cranked out a passionate, trademark performance seen only by the camera operators in the room who captured every last bizarrely beautiful moment. This footage, locked away in the Zappa vaults for 44 years, will serve as the basis for what will be the world’s most ambitious hologram tour to date, blending live footage of Frank with outrageous visuals that offer a striking view into his complex musical works. Dates for “The Bizarre World Of Frank Zappa” performances will be announced in the coming months.
According to Ahmet Zappa, EVP of business development for Eyellusion and co-trustee of the Zappa Family Trust, “My father and I actively discussed 3D and holography and it was a concept he actively engaged in. He actually devoted half a chapter of his The Real Frank Zappa Book (1990) to this subject.”
When plans for the hologram show were initially announced last year, Ahmet Zappa “hinted” that his more musical siblings Moon Unit and Dweezil could be involved. However, Dweezil Zappa expressed surprise at his name being mentioned and at the existence of a hologram show at all. He then used the announcement to draw attention to his ongoing legal battle with the Zappa Family Trust over his ‘Zappa Plays Zappa’ show.
Not sharing his brother’s certainty that Frank would have been delighted by the show, Dweezil also began selling t-shirts emblazoned ‘No fake Frank’.
I know that it has been one of my regrets to never see Frank Zappa in concert. I am torn about attending if the concert is available near me. I have been an active supporter of Dweezil’s right to use the Zappa name in his shows. I have seen Zappa Plays Zappa with my son twice in concert including their début in NY City.
I truly hope that a fair legal resolve can be arrived at for all the Zappa surviving children.
Ever since my college music days some 40+ years ago I have been enamored with musique electronique. Like many musicologists I consider French-born composer, Edgard Varese the Father of Electronic Music. Frank Zappa, Varese’s protegé characterized him best, “The present day composer refuses to die.”
If you study the six degrees of separation between musique electronique, Varese, and Zappa you will juxtapose the French composer Eric Mouquet, founder of the pioneering electro-ethno-ambient band, Deep Forest.
There is peace to experience in the journey through the light and trees in the deep forests of our world. Eric Mouquet navigates those experiences in his travels, treating our senses to those natural settings.
The latest Deep Forest recording, evo devo is an earthly treasure. Mouquet revisits the sounds he and Michel Sanchez first recorded on Deep Forest in 1992 (now out of print). Those are some of the most amazing sonic textures I have ever absorbed. The remixes of some of those original tracks on this album made me smile to hear them once more.
Deep Forest recently held a Pledge Music project which I missed, but I was able to order an autographed copy of evo devo, from the Web page today.
Allow yourself to experience Deep Forest, connecting your spirit with the nature and our world.
Zappaphiles Unite. It appears later in 2016, perhaps the Fall, this documentary film will be released to cinemas, online and as a DVD purchase option. I am eager to learn about Frank Zappa directly.
Eat That Question – Frank Zappa In His Own Words, 2016 ▪ Profile ▪ 88 Minutes. Directed by Thorsten Schütte. Starring Frank Zappa.
I finally found the definitive guide to all 100 Frank Zappa recordings, ZaFTIG – The Zappa Family Trust Issue Guides by Edward Komara, Contributor, Scott Parker. I trust it will increase the depth of my appreciation for Zappa’s compositional genius.
The author, Edward Komara possesses a job I envy. He is a full-time music librarian and music historian. Imagine working at something you love to that level and getting paid for it. I try my best to approximate my music contribution with this music blog. Alas, I am employed as a part-time educator and instructional technologist in the field of computer technology.
Mr. Komara has motivated me to self-publish a music book I have developed for 12 years. ZaFTIG was published with the CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (an Amazon company).
The lead off track on the One Size Fits All recording, “Inca Roads”. Superlative and infectious, Press Play!
Music Is The Best – Frank Zappa
Dweezil Zappa developed Zappa Plays Zappa 10 years ago. My son and I saw the world premier of Zappa Plays Zappa at the Jammy Awards in New York City at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in 2006. The synergy of that father and son event was also accented when Dweezil Zappa accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Jammys on behalf of his father, Frank Zappa.
I was most impressed when Zappa Plays Zappa performed “Inca Roads” from the Zappa album, One Size Fits All.
I just received an email from Zappa.Com highlighting that Zappa Plays Zappa will be on a worldwide tour which features the playing of One Size Fits All in its entirety which celebrates a 40th anniversary this year.
I noticed from their itinerary that Zappa Plays Zappa will be playing The Gathering of the Vibes in Bridgeport, Connecticut on Sunday August 2nd. Way Cool.
I got an e-mail from the Frank Zappa Trust on April 1st. Most fitting, don’t you think 😉
Dear People of Earth,
From the WHEN of Ever, we are pleased to bring you in this 75th year in the Life and Times of FrankZappa, the 100th Album in the Official Discography, Dance Me This. An extreme case of east meets East, this was originally conceived as a Work for modern dance. It is the last title FZ finished in 1993 along withTrance-Fusion; the last chapter in his Master Work, Civilization, Phase III; and of course, The Rage & The Fury, The Music of Edgard Varèse.
gz & the barfies
This is it. #100.
The LAST album by Frank Zappa.
It’s 1993 & YOU ARE HERE!