Sunday, January 21, 2018

THE HANDS PROJECT


The story of music through the story of the hands that make it.
A photography project by Marc Mennigmann.

http://hands-project.de/

Featuring :
http://hands-project.de/participating-artists/


CHARLES BOBUCK - BOBUCK PLAYS THE RESIDENTS

In 2016, Charles Bobuck (composer for The Residents) reworked some of his compositions.
The result is impressive.
It features Nolan Cook (guitar) and C.Fabrizio on background vocals.

Released on CD in 2016 and made available on Bandcamp earlier this month.



THE TWO-BIT QUARTET


Kevin Crosby says:
Before the Zappa Early Renaissance Orchestra, and before I played bass in Pojama People, I was making Zappa recordings at home as the Two-Bit Quartet. I figured out and recorded Cletus in 2010.




TEUN VERBRUGGEN / ANDRE FERNANDES QUINTET

Jazz club "JazzZolder" is located in the center of Mechelen (BE).
Friday, Jan 26, 2018, Teun Verbruggen will performing with André Fernandes :

The Teun Verbruggen / André Fernandes Quintet

André Fernandes : guitar
Russ Johnson : trumpet
Steven Delannoye : sax
Bram Delooze : piano
Nathan Wouters : double bass
Teun Verbruggen : drums


Here's a video snippet of André Fernandes with Perico Sambeat (who recorded an album with Zappa material !!).



CORRIE VAN BINSBERGEN UPDATE

Together with Ellen Deckwitz (poetry) and Martijn Grootendorst (video), Corrie van Binsbergen started a new project : "Olijven Moet Je Leren Lezen" (You've got to learn to read olives).





26/01/2018 - 20:00 Toneelschuur Haarlem
28/01/2018 -  15:00 Theater de Bussel Oosterhout
31/01/2018 -  20:00 De Nieuwe Liefde Amsterdam
01/02/2018 -  20:30 De Kennismakerij Tilburg
17/02/2018 -  20:30 Theater aan de Slinger Houten
01/03/2018 -  20:30 De Harmonie Leeuwarden
03/03/2018 -  20:30 Wilminktheater Enschede
10/03/2018 -  20:30 Theater Bouwkunde Deventer
11/03/2018 -  16:00 De Lieve Vrouw Amersfoort
16/03/2018 -  21:00 Theater Walhalla Rotterdam
25/03/2018 -  16:00 Zwolse Theaters Zwolle


DWEEZIL ZAPPA UPDATE

Dweezil Zappa's "Live In The Moment Part II" is ready.
The digital version has been sent to the participants of the support campaign and the CDs have been shipped as well.


THE RESIDENTS PRESERVED

Next up in The Residents' Preserved series are "Fingerprince" and "Duckstab / Buster & Glen".
As with the previous two, both albums will be rereleased as remastered 2 CD sets, featuring lots of bonus material.

https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/residents-fingerprince-2cd-preserved-edition/

https://www.cherryred.co.uk/product/residents-duck-stab-buster-glen-2cd-preserved-edition/


JOE SATRIANI - WHAT HAPPENS NEXT

Guitar virtuoso has just released "What Happens Next".
The digital version was made available a little while ago, but in the meantime, the CD's have shipped as well.
Together with Chad Smith (drums) and Glen Hughes (bass), Joe recorded 11 tracks.
More straight-forward as his previous albums. Less 'alien'.
But still a very fine album.

There was a bit of a fuzz when people saw that Joe will be touring with Mike Keneally, Bryan Beller and Joe Travers on his G3 tour, instead of Chad Smith and Glen Hughes with whom he recorded "What Happens Next", but I don't mind.



FRANK JOHNSON

The next project by The Residents will feature reworked coverversions of Rez' tunes.
It will be called "I Am A Resident".
Frank Johnson might be part of this.



JAY ROZEN - NAKED SINGULARITY - KILLER TUBA SONGS V.2

Tubist, composer and improvisor Jay Rozen has toured and recorded with Anthony Braxton and with Wadada Leo Smith, to name just two.
He also was at the Zappanale festival in Bad Doberan, Germany in 2002 where he performed with Candy (Frank's little sister) Zappa, Nigey Lennon, John Tabacco and Mike Keneally.

In the liner notes, Jay adds : "This particular festival was notable due to the dedication of a statue of Zappa in the town square. I smart-talked my way into having my arrangement of 'Sofa #2' (reworked for tenor sax, bari sax and tuba) played during this dedication. Try to imagine my excitement at playing my arrangement of my favorite Zappa tune played in front of hundreds of rabid Zappa fans while many ex-Mothers of Invention and other Zappa ex-band members stood behind us. These included Don Preston, Bunk Gardner, Jimmy Carl Black, Roy Estrada, Napoleon Murphy Brock, Ike Willis, Mike Keneally, among others. Definitely a high point of my career."

On "Naked Singularity - Killer Tuba Songs v.2", Jay Rozen shows a glimpse of his musical output: commissioned pieces, works for tuba, and more.
He even included recordings of three Zappa pieces : 'Sofa #2', 'Idiot Bastard Son' and 'Peaches En Regalia', featuring John Tabacco on various instruments and noises.
Great stuff !!

An excellent album.
Issued by Naxos / Composers Concordance Records, a label that you have to watch (and hear).

Here's Jay Rozen with the Low Frequency Tuba Band, playing some familiar sounding song.