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Post 2015-06-25 14:05   [Quote] 
I thought this was worth picking up off FB and dropping here. Great little story from Morgan...

Fun read..! (I had a chat w Scott Thunes yesterday who reminded me about this one). In 1993 Zappa invited me and Mats to be apart of an orchestral project at Lincoln Center NYC, playing Franks music w full orchestra. One of the cool things was that Mats was going to perform the world premiere of Franks solo piano piece called ”Ruth Is Sleeping”. Mats got very excited off course, until he received the tape of the piece… Mats started bravely to pick out the notes but it was too fast and too hard to hear the notes on this tape (in original speed). So a score was sent over. Mats borrowed some time from the great pianist Carl Axel Dominique who recorded the whole piece for Mats in a slower tempo. Mats got reliefed and continued to work on the piece. Just a few weeks before the concert Mats was only 60-70% through the piece and had to call Frank about this. Knowing how strict Frank could be, his answer was just amazing. He told Mats ”play the parts you know, then improvise, and just add the ending”… - which he did. When it was time for this piece to be performed me Scott, Keneally & co. was standing on the side of the stage watching Mats go for it. It was dead silent in the hall, and it was sooo great, the improvised parts too off course. In my opinion Mats version had moments that was even better than the original Yellow Shark performance. Now the funny thing was that Scott had asked Mats if he wanted to stop halfway through his performance and shout to the audience "oh my God I'm blind!” - but that didn’t happen! Hahahaha… Happy memory anyways! Here is Ensemble Moderns original version also (Mats version is on a cassette somewhere)

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Post 2015-06-25 14:08   [Quote] 
The "Oh god I'm blind" part is hilarious, the rest is awesome.

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Post 2015-06-25 14:40   [Quote] 
Morgan did an amazing album with Bill Laswell and Raoul Bjorkenheim that I really like called Blixt. Check it out if you haven't.

While I'm at it Morgan Agren, Scott Thunes, Warren Cuccurullo would be an interesting power trio too. Make it so? imslow
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Post 2015-06-25 16:00   [Quote] 
franktomatozappa wrote:
Morgan did an amazing album with Bill Laswell and Raoul Bjorkenheim that I really like called Blixt. Check it out if you haven't.

While I'm at it Morgan Agren, Scott Thunes, Warren Cuccurullo would be an interesting power trio too. Make it so? imslow


OMG that would be the shit.

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Post 2015-06-25 16:23   [Quote] 
DoctorNerve wrote:
franktomatozappa wrote:
Morgan did an amazing album with Bill Laswell and Raoul Bjorkenheim that I really like called Blixt. Check it out if you haven't.

While I'm at it Morgan Agren, Scott Thunes, Warren Cuccurullo would be an interesting power trio too. Make it so? imslow


OMG that would be the shit.


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Post 2015-06-25 17:10   [Quote] 
DoctorNerve wrote:
In 1993 Zappa invited me and Mats to be apart of an orchestral project at Lincoln Center NYC, playing Franks music w full orchestra.

Did that really happen? Of course it can't have been the world premiere of Ruth Is Sleeping, since both versions (for solo piano and two pianos) had already been performed years earlier, but it's still an important piece of history missing from our collections.

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Post 2015-06-25 18:54   [Quote] 
yetanother wrote:
DoctorNerve wrote:
In 1993 Zappa invited me and Mats to be apart of an orchestral project at Lincoln Center NYC, playing Franks music w full orchestra.

Did that really happen? Of course it can't have been the world premiere of Ruth Is Sleeping, since both versions (for solo piano and two pianos) had already been performed years earlier, but it's still an important piece of history missing from our collections.


It happened: http://www.zappateers.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=21056
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Post 2015-06-25 19:21   [Quote] 
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It happened: http://www.zappateers.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=21056

That makes sense, thanks. Another one lost in that ominous HD crash two years ago...

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Post 2015-06-26 04:16   [Quote] 
sad we cant find a good quality recording of that event...

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Post 2015-06-26 13:25   [Quote] 
I was there!!...and I didn't notice that.
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Post 2015-06-28 07:58   [Quote] 
franktomatozappa wrote:
Morgan did an amazing album with Bill Laswell and Raoul Bjorkenheim that I really like called Blixt. Check it out if you haven't.

While I'm at it Morgan Agren, Scott Thunes, Warren Cuccurullo would be an interesting power trio too. Make it so? imslow


I would LOVE to hear that...
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Post 2015-06-29 20:36   [Quote] 
The album is somewhat premature. The project became interesting in Wroclaw and great in Moers.

franktomatozappa wrote:
Morgan did an amazing album with Bill Laswell and Raoul Bjorkenheim that I really like called Blixt. Check it out if you haven't.

While I'm at it Morgan Agren, Scott Thunes, Warren Cuccurullo would be an interesting power trio too. Make it so? imslow
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Post 2015-06-29 21:02   [Quote] 
Yes, DoctorNerve, awesome story !
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