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19th March, 2022

BBC SO Total Immersion: Frank Zappa – The Yellow Shark

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19th March, 2022
14:30 -
Milton Court Concert Hall

Guildhall’s Ubu Ensemble pay homage to Frank Zappa’s iconic last album The Yellow Shark, harvested from his appearance at the 1992 Frankfurt Festival.

Following a diagnosis of terminal cancer, in 1991 Zappa agreed to appear as a featured composer at the Frankfurt Festival the next year. What started as a cautious collaboration turned into an inspired one when Zappa started working with the German contemporary music orchestra, Ensemble Modern.  The concerts that followed have gone down in history, thanks in part to The Yellow Shark. The album contains live recordings from the festival in which Zappa’s tongue-in cheek command to his audience to ‘get serious’ rubs shoulders with now-classic Zappa scores including the unmistakable melody of ‘G-Spot Tornado’.

This performance focuses on works that rhapsodize on Zappa’s intense, disciplined interest in classical counterpoint. Music by the composer’s beloved Edgard Varèse, Igor Stravinsky and Anton Webern provide essential context.

Frank Zappa The Perfect Stranger
Anton Webern Concerto for Nine Instruments
Igor Stravinsky Pribaoutki
Edgard Varèse Intégrales
Frank Zappa A selection from The Yellow Shark:
‘The Dog Breath Variations / Uncle Meat’
‘The Girl in the Magnesium Dress’
‘Get Whitey’
‘Be-Bop Tango’
‘Outrage at Valdez’
‘G-Spot Tornado’

Ubu Ensemble
Simon Wills conductor

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