lou anne neill

Harpist Lou Anne Neill first worked with Frank Zappa on his UCLA concerts, September 17 and 18, 1975 as part of the Abnuceals Emuukha Electric Symphony Orchestra.

Lou Anne adds: "Then, whenever he needed harp on any of his albums, he'd call me into his studio", recordings or which can be found on several Frank Zappa albums. On "Zappa In New York" she is credited with osmotic harp over-dub.





  david ackles: five & dime
    (1973, lp, ??, ??)


frank zappa: zoot allures
   (1976, lp, usa, warner brothers)


frank zappa: zappa in new york
   (1978, 2lp, usa, discreet)

24 frank zappa: studio tan
   (1978, lp, usa, discreet)
27 frank zappa: orchestral favorites
   (1979, lp, usa, discreet)
  frank sinatra: trilogy
    (1979, lp, ??, ??)
  harry connick jr.: when my heart finds christmas
    (1993, cd, ??, ??)
  david foster: david foster's the christmas album
    (1995, cd, ??, ??)
65 frank zappa: lather
   (1996, 3cd, usa, ryko)


frank zappa: frank zappa plays the music of frank zappa
   (1996, cd, usa, barking pumpkin)



random notes

     From: Michael Gula

Check this out. Could this site belong to the same person who played harp on Zappa In New York? The spelling is not the same, but check the bio.


     From: Michael Gula

I was right about her! She e-mailed me today with several nice things to say about FZ.

     From: Michael Gula

Hello Lou Anne.

Are you the same person as "Louanne Neil" who played Harp on "Zappa In New York?"


     From: Lou Anne Neill

Hi!  Yes.  I first worked with Frank on a super concert at Royce Hall at UCLA.  Then, whenever he needed harp on any of his albums, he'd call me into his studio.  Frank was a genius musician, one who was respected by all who crossed his path.  He walked with the greats

... one of his greatest admirers/colleagues is Pierre Boulez, who is in my opinion, THE musical giant of the second half of this century.

Boulez and Frank were of one completely outrageous avant-garde mind.

Though their focus differed, they communicated on such a high musical level and they understood each other perfectly well.  I was glad for Frank that he was so recognized and loved.

I just returned from a week away in Scotland.  Someone on the plane had a magazine with a full page article about Frank and what he had done in his life.  It was very accurate and of course, extremely complementary.  It even said something about how much his musicians loved him.  That made me smile.

I teach harp here in the L.A. area.  Also, music theory online.  And soon, I'm going to initiate a method to teach harp long distance. I am also the harpist in the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Hope life is exciting for you.  Take care, Lou Anne

Additional informants
- Román García Albertos


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