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Composer: Zappa, Frank (1940-1993)

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Year of birth1940
Year of death1993
NationalityUnknown
Period20th century
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McFall’s Chamber's inspirational jazz fusion at the Fringe

McFall's Chamber at the Fringe © McFall's Chamber
McFall’s Chamber’s Red Blue Balance - music for chamber musicians and jazz trio, introduce three new works, revisit recent work and hark back to Bongo Club days with driving Zappa and swing band Raymond Scott pieces at Edinburgh’s Fringe.
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Pictures at an Exhibition from the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec

Fabien Gabel © Gaetan Bernard
Fabien Gabel and the Orchestre Symphonique de Quebec present inventive and colorful musical pictures by Schmitt, El-Khoury, Honegger, Zappa and Richard Strauss.
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Ensemble Musikfabrik in Berlin

© Kai Bienert
An evening of frivolousness and solemnity.
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McFall’s Chamber: Zappa, Zawinul and more

McFall's Chamber © Douglas Robertson
McFall’s Chamber brings a freshness to its repertoire as it revisits the Bongo Club years, and performs two newly commissioned pieces. Informal and very enjoyable.
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Edinburgh International Festival: Ensemble musikFabrik's tribute to Frank Zappa

What drew John Cage and Frank Zappa into the same programme was their mutual admiration of Edgard Varèse, at its most striking in their use of percussion. Somehow I feel Cage would have been delighted to be the one out of step with an otherwise perfectly symmetrical programme. Flanking the interval were performances of Varèse’s Ionisation (1929–31).
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