ensemble modern

The Ensemble Modern has performed Frank Zappa's music on various occasions.

September 17 - 19, 1992, the ensemble, conducted by Peter Rundel, performed Zappa's "The Yellow Shark" at the Alte Oper in Frankfurt, Germany. Frank Zappa attended the concerts and conducted one piece.

The picture on the right shows the program booklet for this event.

In 2002, Jonathan Stockhammer became the director of the ensemble. With Jonathan Stockhammer, the ensemble recorded "Ensemble Modern Plays Frank Zappa - Greggery Peccary & Other Persuasions".


The Frank Zappa / Ensemble Modern collaboration was documented on various albums: "The Yellow Shark", "Civilisation Phaze III", "Everything Is Healing Nicely", and "Greggery Peccary & Other Persuasions."



frank zappa / the ensemble modern: the yellow shark
   (1993, cd, usa, ryko)


frank zappa: civilization phaze III
   (1994, 2cd, usa, barking pumpkin)


frank zappa: everything is healing nicely
   (1999, cd, usa, barking pumpkin)

  ensemble modern: ensemble modern plays frank zappa - greggery peccary & other persuasions
    (2003, cd, ger, bmg 82876 56061 2)
  ensemble modern / uwe dierksen: roor
    (2012, sacd, ger, emm) - incl. 'revised music for low budget orchestra' (frank zappa)
ensemblemodern_dierksen_roor.jpg (9189 bytes)
  various artists: shark gathering in post industrial bad doberan 2012
    (2013, 3dvdr, ger, private release / rr productions) - feat. frank zappa, l.shankar, the ensemble modern & incl. various bands playing zappa compositions
zappanale_exhib2012_01.jpg (42170 bytes) zappanale_exhib2012_02.jpg (41900 bytes)

zappanale_exhib2012_03.jpg (49802 bytes)




* * * frank zappa / the ensemble modern: "the yellow shark" * * *





in 1995 / 1996, the ensemble modern did a "yellow shark" reprise tour





in 2000, the ensemble modern performed / premiered  "greggery peccary & other persuasions"




radio special:




radio special:

"Greggery Peccary & Other Persuasions (2000)"

"The Yellow Shark (1993)"

"Nuit Contemporaine"



random notes

     from: patrick neve (splat@darkwing.uoregon.edu)
the ensemble modern are still very active.  their home page is at:
 http://www.ensemblemodern.com/, and it contains full biographies of each member.  it's worth checking out.  (also see mark beam's story; he created the shark.)

they performed on the album the rage & the fury, which is a tribute to the music of edgard varese.  this is a supposedly a fully finished album, sitting in the zappa vault, pining to be released to the public.
other treasures we can hope for in the future could include a home video of a yellow shark performance, and a documentary called aaafnraa; kind of a video counterpart to everything is healing nicely.

    from: ensemble moderne
we are creating an exiting new project with zappa material for june 2000, using existing material that has never been on stage before. at that time i will be getting into contact with presenters in the us who would be interested.

     from: patrick neve (splat@darkwing.uoregon.edu)
at the time of the yellow shark, the members of the e.m. were:

 from: wy (mats.erwo@mailbox.swipnet.se) - date: sun, 25 jun 2000 01:36:06 +0200
subject: ensemble modern: greggery peccary & other persuasions

ensemble modern plays frank zappa

the new tour starts on june 6 in cologne

after the overwhelming success of the yellow shark, this year the ensemble modern does another tour with a frank zappa program. the composer ali n. askin, who already did the arrangements of the yellow shark project in collaboration with the composer, is also responsible for the new program greggery peccary & other persuasions. the titles refers to the piece "the adventures of greggery peccary", whose arrangement holds original but unpublished parts and voices of zappa and thus will be a true premiere. further pieces, among them "the black page no 1", "revised music for low budget orchestra", "night school" and "put a motor in yourself", are also amlost completely arrangements from the year 2000. for working on the synclavier pieces like "the beltway bandits", askin collaborated with zappa's synclavier player todd yvega. an interview with ali n. askin can be found in the last newsletter (pdf file, 303kb)

 the conductor is peter eotvos, soloists are the vocal artist david moss and the english baritone omar ebrahim.

greggery peccary & other persuasions is a co-production of ensemble modern, musiktriennale koeln 2000, musica viva/bayerischer rundfunk, holland festival, comitato bologna/angelica festival, expo 2000 hannover gmbh, konzerthaus berlin/mom gmbh & co. classic open air kg, kulturruhr/musik im industrieraum.

the ensemble modern wants to thank arabel von karajan for her generous support.

 greggery peccary & other persuasions

arr.: ali n. askin; synclavier-transcriptions: todd yvega

conductor: peter eotvos

soloists: omar ebrahim, david moss (both voice)

sound director: nobert ommer




06.06.2000, 8.00 pm, cologne, e-werk (musiktriennale 2000)

tickets: www.koelnticket.de

08.06.2000, 8.00 pm, munich, muffathalle (musica viva)

tickets: munich ticket 089-54 81 81 81

10.06.2000, 3.00 pm, amsterdam, concertgebouw (holland festival)

tickets: www.concertgebouw.nl or www.uitlijn.nl

05.07.2000, 9.00 pm, bologna, teatro communale (bologna 2000,


tickets: 0039-051-374877

09./10.07.2000, 7.30 pm, hannover, expo 2000 konzerthaus

tickets: expo2000.de

11.07.2000, 8.00 pm, berlin, gendarmenmarkt

tickets: 030-69 80 75 22 or 030-8 09 90 90

09./10.09.2000, 8.00 pm, duisburg, kraftzentrale (kultur ruhr)

tickets: 0201-8872050

add. informants:
- Uli Mrosek
- Jon Naurin
- Wouter Bessels

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