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PMCE Parco della Musica Contemporanea Ensemble

Frank Zappa - The Yellow Shark  

(1992, 70’) Italian premiere / Full version


Ouverture improvisation for voice and orchestra
Dog/Meat (1983/1992) for orchestra (arr. Ali N. Askin) which includes:
The Dog Breath Variations / Uncle Meat
Outrage at Valdez (1990/1992) for orchestra
Times Beach II (1985) for wind sextet
III Revised (1992) for string quintet
The Girl in The Magnesium Dress (1983/1992) for percussion plectrums and keyboards
Be-Bop Tango (1972/1992) for orchestra (arr. Ali N. Askin)
Food Gathering in Post-Industrial America (1992) improvisation for voice and orchestra
Ruth is Sleeping (1983/1992) for two pianos
None Of The Above (1983) for string quintet
Pentagon in Afternoon improvisation for orchestra
Questi Cazzi di Piccione for string quintet
Times Beach III (1985) for wind quintet
Welcome to the United States improvisation for voice and orchestra
Pound for a Brown/Exercise #4 (1958/1992) for orchestra (version by A. Digby)
Get Whitey (1992) for orchestra
G-Spot Tornado (1986/1992) for orchestra (arr. Ali N. Askin)

in coproduction with Fondazione Musica per Roma
in collaboration with Teatro Stabile del Veneto

Tonino Battista conductor
David Moss performer

Manuel Zurria flute, piccolo, flauto alto flute
Fabio Bagnoli oboe, English horn
Paolo Ravaglia clarinet
Francesco Bonafè bass clarinet, contrabass clarinet, tenor saxophone
Marco Dionette bassoon, contrabassoon
Marco Venturi, Claudia Quondam Angelo, horn
Andrea Di Mario, Antonio Mandosi, trumpet, flugelhorn, piccolo trumpet, cornet
Eugenio Renzetti  first trombone
Giacomo Gamberoni  bass trombone
Davide Borgonovi tuba
Flavio Tanzi, Pietro Pompei, Aurelio Scudetti, percussion
Sonia Maurer mandolin
Luca Nostro guitar, banjo
Lucia Bova harp
Lucio Perotti, Giulia Tagliavia, piano, celesta, keyboard
Francesco Peverini violin 1
Filippo Fattorini violin 2
Luca Sanzò viola
Anna Armatys cello
Massimo Ceccarelli double bass, electric bass
Tommaso Cancellieri electronics, sound coordinator, stage manager

Zappa, FZ, Frank Zappa and the Moustache are marks belonging to the Zappa Family Trust. All Rights Reserved. Used by permission.


Produced for the first time in 1992 at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, The Yellow Shark is the highest synthesis of Frank Zappa’s creative intelligence, the expression of a musical thought that ranges freely across every genre, capable of merging orchestral score and improvisation, experimental rock and academic avant-garde, performance and interpretative detail.

Already suffering from prostate cancer, Frank Zappa dedicated himself fiercely to the project for The Yellow Shark, which was performed in October 1992 in Frankfurt, Berlin and Vienna; it would be the last album the artist released in his lifetime, and in a way, it was a summary of his musical styles and the reminiscences of Stravinsky and Varèse that had accompanied him throughout his career. For the occasion, Zappa rearranged old songs (such as Uncle Meat and Dog Breath Variations) and composed new ones (Outrage at Valdez, Welcome to the United States and Questi cazzi di piccione) for the Ensemble Modern; the musical director of this ensemble, Andreas Mölich-Zebhauser, suggested the title The Yellow Shark, inspired by the shape of a fiberglass fish in Zappa’s Joe’s Garage studio.

The concert will be an integral reproduction of the project, performed in its entirety for the first time ever in Italy.

Teatro Goldoni

San Marco, 4650/B
30124 Venezia
Tel. 041 8686130

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