Frank Zappa Documentary And Tribute Performances Announced For Asbury Park Music In Film Festival

first_imgHaving just received rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival, the newest Frank Zappa film is making its next stop in New Jersey for the Asbury Park Music In Film Festival on April 9th at 7:30pm at the new House of Independents. Following the film, musicians will gather to celebrate the life of the famed iconoclastic composer and bandleader with performances from Project/Object and We Used To Cut The Grass.Entitled Eat That Question: Frank Zappa In His Own Words, the film features footage from performances and interviews, with a specific focus on what it means for Zappa to be creative. Filmmaker Thorsten Schutte recently spoke with Rolling Stone about the movie, “In a time lacking controversial, outspoken and polarizing iconoclasts, the life and art of Frank Zappa connects to the universal questions that so many can relate to: How can an artist stay true to his art and ideas? How does one handle rejection and the limitations of a creative output? And what is the ultimate price to pay for the freedom of expression?” Watch the trailer and find out next month at the Asbury Park Music In Film Festival. Following the film, the celebration of Zappa will continue with very special performances from New York’s own Project/Object and New Jersey’s We Used To Cut The Grass.Project/Object is the longest running alumni-based Zappa tribute in the world and was founded in the mid-90s by guitarist André Cholmondeley. Over the past twenty years they have proudly hosted more Zappa alumni onstage than anyone, other than the composer himself. Their legendary tours of the USA, Canada, and Europe have made them a household name among Zappa fans and helped pave the way for a rich variety of excellent, contemporary Zappa tributes. The group will feature original band members Ike Willis, Frank Zappa’s longtime vocalist and guitarist best known for his work on “Joe’s Garage,” and Don Preston, original keyboardist and pre-eminent fixture in the Mothers of Invention.Asbury Park’s own avant-garde large ensemble, We Used to Cut the Grass, will follow up with a look into the past, present and future of Frank Zappa as they perform a set that contains not only a wealth of complex Zappa pieces such as “The Black Page,” but also a study of the music that inspired him, including works by Edgar Varése and Igor Stravinsky, in addition to some of the ensemble’s original work. Lead by Cody McCorry, the group regularly features five horns, two drum sets, guitar, bass, and vibraphone, performing a vast repertoire of contemporary pieces, including the group’s own experimental music. The ensemble will be joined by multiple guests, including Ike Willis, who has toured with the ensemble twice in the past, guitarist Tom Monda and violinist Ben Karas of the nationally touring North Jersey-based prog band Thank You Scientist, and more to be announced as the show draws closer.Tickets for the screening and the concert, as well as for the concert alone, are on sale now. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.last_img

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