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Barga Jazz Ensemble play the music of Frank Zappa

FONDAZIONE TOSCANA SPETTACOLO e COMUNE DI BARGA in collaborazione con Associazione Polyphonia presentano in anteprima di Barga Jazz Festival 2015

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Il BargaJazz Ensemble è una formazione variabile che attinge di volta in volta dalle fila della Big Band di Barga i musicisti più adatti ai nuovi progetti. Si tratta di un gruppo continuamente in bilico tra le profondità sonore della big band e le atmosfere cameristiche dei piccoli gruppi. La ricerca di questo difficile equilibrio è senz’altro la cifra di questo progetto del tutto originale, una ricerca consapevole dell’impossibile sintesi ma altrettanto determinata ad indagare tutte le possibili strade.

L’omaggio a Zappa, terzo progetto originale per questo ensemble dal 2013, nasce da un’idea del trombonista, compositore e arrangiatore Massimo Morganti. Si tratta di una riscrittura di brani di Frank Zappa adattati ad un ensemble jazzistico che prende spunto da alcuni dischi live in cui Zappa ha utilizzato una sezione fiati allargata tra cui figuravano illustri nomi del jazz come Michael e Randy Bracker, Lou Marini, Tom Malone e Ronnie Cuber.

Nico Gori – clarinetto/sax alto, Alessandro Rizzardi – sax tenore, Rossano Emili – sax baritono, Andrea Guzzoletti – tromba, Mirko Rubegni – tromba, Massimo Morganti – trombone, Stefano Onorati – keyboards/electronics, Angelo Lazzeri – chitarra, Paolo Ghetti – contrabbasso/basso elettrico, Stefano Paolini – batteria

Filippo Macchiarelli – voce
arrangiamenti originali di Massimo Morganti.

Teatro dei Differenti Barga Vecchia – 3rd May – 9 pm – INGRESSO € 10 – INFO E PRENOTAZIONI 0583723860 – 0583724791

Frank Vincent Zappa was an American musician, bandleader, songwriter, composer, recording engineer, record producer, and film director. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa composed rock, jazz, orchestral and musique concrète works. He also directed feature-length films and music videos, and designed album covers. Zappa produced almost all of the more than 60 albums he released with the band the Mothers of Invention and as a solo artist. While in his teens, he acquired a taste for 20th-century classical composers such as Edgard Varèse, Igor Stravinsky, and Anton Webern, along with 1950s rhythm and blues music. He began writing classical music in high school, while at the same time playing drums in rhythm and blues bands; he later switched to electric guitar.

Zappa was a self-taught composer and performer, and his diverse musical influences led him to create music that was often difficult to categorize. His 1966 debut album with the Mothers of Invention, Freak Out!, combined songs in conventional rock and roll format with collective improvisations and studio-generated sound collages. His later albums shared this eclectic and experimental approach, irrespective of whether the fundamental format was rock, jazz or classical. His lyrics often humorously reflected his iconoclastic view of established social and political processes, structures and movements. He was a strident critic of mainstream education and organized religion, and a forthright and passionate advocate for freedom of speech, self-education, political participation and the abolition of censorship.

He was a highly productive and prolific artist and gained widespread critical acclaim. He had some commercial success, particularly in Europe, and worked as an independent artist for most of his career. He also remains a major influence on musicians and composers. Zappa was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997. Zappa was married to Kathryn J. “Kay” Sherman from 1960 to 1964. In 1967, he married Adelaide Gail Sloatman, with whom he remained until his death from prostate cancer in 1993. They had four children: Moon, Dweezil, Ahmet and Diva. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him at No. 71 on its list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”, and in 2011 at No. 22 on its list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.

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