project/object

American band Project/Object performs the music of Frank Zappa.  The last couple of years, the band includes Ike Willis and Napoleon Murphy Brock, both former Zappa side-men.  Project/Object has performed numerous concerts and also has a couple of albums out.
August 2000, P/O played at the Zappaween festival in Peoria, Illinois, USA. 
July 2002, the band played the 13th zappanale festival in Bad Doberan, Germany. August 2007, the band returned to Bad Doberan for Zappanale 18.

Project/Object performed again at the 20th anniversary edition of Zappanale with Ike Willis, Don Preston, Robert Martin and Denny Walley.

The picture on the right shows Eric Svalgård, Don Preston and André Cholmondeley after their Zappanale 18 gig. Picture taken by Pete Brunelli.

www.projectobject.com

line-up:

former members:

Special guests that have participated to Project/Object shows include:
  Ike Willis, Napoleon Murphy Brock, Ed Mann, Don Preston, Bunk Gardner, Mike Keneally, Chuck Garvey (moe.), Jon Fishman (phish), Sitar Joe, Eric, Kahlil Sabbagh, Elliott Levin, Ray White, Arthur Barrow, Al Zchnier and Jim Loughlin (moe.), Billy Mundi, Jerry Outlaw (Bogus Pomp), Gary Lucas, Joe Deninzon, Denny Walley, Jimmy Carl Black, Jim Ruffi, Jerry Cucurullo, Al Malkin, Ed Palermo, ...

The pictures on the left and right show Dr.Dot, who has performed the role of Mary during 'Fembot In A Wet T-Shirt' on a couple of occasions.

 

pictures courtesey of Dr.Dot

 

In 2007, Project/Object contributed their version of Frank Zappa's 'The Idiot Bastard Son' to "20 Extraordinary Renditions", Andrew Greenaway's project that got released on Cordelia Records. 
The info said: "Recorded live and unplugged at BB King's in New York on 2 February 2005."
Personnel: André Cholmondeley (guitar); Robbie "Seahag" Mangano (guitar); David Johnsen (bass); Jordan Shapiro (mandolin).

In 2009, the band returned to the Zappanale festival, including Don Preston and Ike Willis in the line-up. Besides the Zappanale gig, a couple of other european dates were played as well.

December 2009 and January 2010 saw Project/Object doing a tour with Ike Willis and Ray White.

 

discography

1 project/object: absolutely live
    (2000, cd, usa, phoenix media group 3020) - feat. ike willis, gary lucas, joe deninzon, all comp. by frank zappa

2 project/object: the dream of the dog
    (2002, cd, usa, private release) - improvised music, using familiar zappa chords & vamps

  various artists: zappanale 13
    (2003, 3cd, ger, arf society) – incl. various artists playing frank zappa compositions

  various artists: zappanale 13 - retrospective
    (2003, dvd, ger, the arf society) - feat. various artists playing frank zappa compositions

  various artists: zappanale # 13
    (2003, cd, ger, arf society) – incl. various artists playing frank zappa compositions

  project/object: zappanale 18
    (2007, dvdr, ger, private release) - all zappa material / feat. don preston, napoleon murphy brock & dr.dot
  various artists: 20 extraordinary renditions
    (2008, cd, uk, cordelia records) - all compositions by frank zappa

  various artists: zappanale 18
    (2008, 2cd, ger, arf society) - incl. various artists playing frank zappa compositions

  various artists: zappanale 18 - retrospective
    (2008, dvd, ger, the arf society) - feat. various artists playing frank zappa compositions

  various artists: zappanale #18
    (2008, cd, ger, arf society) - incl. various artists playing frank zappa compositions

project/object: zappanale 20
    (2009, dvdr, ger, private release) - all zappa material / feat.ike willis, don preston, robert martin, denny walley & dr.dot

  various artists: zappanale 20 - promo-cd
    (2009, cd-promo, ger, arf society)

zappanale20_procd.jpg (22210 bytes)

  various artists: zappanale #22
    (2011, cd-promo, ger, arf society) - incl. various artists playing frank zappa compositions

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  various artists: zappanale #22 - retrospectacular
    (2011, cd, ger, arf society) - incl. various artists playing frank zappa compositions

zappanale22.jpg (12469 bytes)

 

concerts

  • 1997/08/16 concert 'the lion's den', new york city, ny, usa  - early show //
    • p/o
      feat.ike willis
      special guests: jerry cuccurulo & ed palermo
    • heavy duty judy * carolina hardcore ecstacy * tell me you love me * son of orange county * trouble every day * filthy habits * cosmic debris * advance romance * dirty love (with special guest: jerry cuccurulo) * magic fingers (with special guest: jerry cuccurulo) * village of the sun * echidna's arf (of you) * uncle remus * blessed relief (with special guest: ed palermo) * sofa # 2 (with special guest: ed palermo)
    • an 87-minute recording of this concert exists
    • there's also a 20-minute video recording circulating
    • the picture on the right shows Ed Palermo and Ike Willis during this concert

 


Project/Object's April/May 2001 tour featured Ike Willis

project/object with napoleon murphy brock & ike willis

project/object + ike willis

project/object with napoleon murphy brock & ike willis

Fall 2004 Tour

The first part of tour featured Ike Willis and Napoleon Murphy Brock

with Ike Willis, without Napoleon Murphy Brock

featuring Ike Willis and Napoleon Murphy Brock

P/O acoustic special  (this is the third acoustic P/O show)

Project/Object Social Insecurities 2005 Tour

Project/Object

Auxiliary Crew

PERFORMING THE MUSIC OF MR. FRANK ZAPPA

 

Dave Johnsen - bass, vocals, effects
Eric Svalgard - keys, moog, vocals
Eric Slick - drums, vocals, assorted
Andre Cholmondeley - guitar, vocals, samples
Robbie "Seahag" Mangano - guitar, vocals, impossible guitar
Ike Willis - guitar, vocals

Project/Object featuring Ike Willis

  • 2006/12/28 concert ’8x10 Club', Baltimore, MD, usa

  • 2006/12/29 concert ’Mexicali Blues', Teaneck, NJ, usa

  • 2006/12/30 concert ’The Century Lounge', Providence, RI, usa

  • 2006/12/31 concert ’Pearl Street', Northampton, MA, usa

  • 2007/01/02 concert ’Club Café', Pittsburgh, PA, usa

  • 2007/01/03 concert ’Club Café', Pittsburgh, PA, usa

  • 2007/01/04 concert ’Beachland Ballroom', Cleveland Ohio, usa

  • 2007/01/05 concert ’Martyrs'', Chicago, IL, usa

  • 2007/01/06 concert ’Martyrs'', Chicago, IL, usa

  • 2007/01/09 concert ’World Cafe', Philadelphia, PA, usa

  • 2007/01/10 concert ’The Chameleon Club', Lancaster, PA, usa

  • 2007/01/11 concert ’Regatta Bar', Cambridge, MA, usa

  • 2007/01/12 concert ’Nectars', Burlington, VT, usa

  • 2007/01/13 concert ’Revolution Hall', Troy, NY, usa

 

Ike Willis (performing with Project/Object on 2006/12/30. Picture taken by Pete Brunelli.

  • 2007/08/03 concert Zappanale, Bad Doberan, Germany

P/O featuring Don Preston and Napoleon Murphy Brock
(picture taken by Bazbo)

picture courtesey of Dr.Dot

 

Andre Cholmondeley * Napoleon Murphy Brock * Eric Svalgaard * Eric Slick * Dave Johnson * Josh Oxford

NOVEMBER 2008 - EAST COAST USA

JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2009 - feat. Ike Willis, Don Preston & Ed Mann

  • 2009/08/09 concert 'de effenaar', eindhoven, NL
    • Electric Madness, Mammy Anthem, Society > Beautiful > Beauty, T'Mershi > Trouble, Andy, Duke, Idiot, Florentine > 50/50, Swifty, Go Cry, Wet T, Greasy > Outside, RDNZL, Dumb All Over, Cosmik, Echindna > Wash
      Wild

Ike Willis at the 2009 08 09 concert in Eindhoven, playing the intro of 'Florentine Pogen'.

   

    Project Object - Holiday Tour 2009-10 - feat.Ike Willis & Ray White!!!  

  • 2009/12/27 - Sellersville Theatre - Sellersville, PA  

    • line-up

      • Andre' Cholmondeley - guitar & vocals * Dave Johnsen - bass & vocals * Eric Svalgard - keyboards & vocals * Jim Ruffi - drums

      • Ike Willis - vocals & guitar * Ray White - vocals & guitar

    • setlist

      • Pound For A Brown, City Of Tiny Lights, Trouble Every Day, Society Pages, I'm A Beautiful Guy, Beauty Knows No Pain, Charlie's Enormous Mouth, I'm The Slime, Doreen Tease, Florentine Pogen, Apostrophe, Illinois Enema Bandit, Little House I Used To Live In, Cosmik Debris, Keep It Greasy, Outside Now, Blessed Relief, Andy, Inca Roads

    • a 124-minute audience recording of this show got seeded on Zappateers

    • a video recording of this concert got seeded on Zappateers as well.

 

Ike Willis and André Cholmondeley

the band

Ray White and Ike Willis
  • 2009/12/31 - Mack's Bar - East Lansing

  • 2010/01/01 - Martyrs - Chicago, IL
    • line-up

      • Andre' Cholmondeley - guitar & vocals * Dave Johnsen - bass & vocals * Eric Svalgard - keyboards & vocals * Jim Ruffi - drums

      • Ike Willis - vocals & guitar * Ray White - vocals & guitar

    • setlist
      • set 1
        • Intro, A Pound For A Brown (On The Bus), Montana, More Trouble Every Day, Society Pages, I'm A Beautiful Guy, Beauty Knows No Pain, Charlie's Enormous Mouth, Any Downers?, City Of Tiny Lights, Big Swifty, Magic Fingers, The Idiot Bastard Son, Thirteen, Florentine Pogen
      • set 2
        • Intro, RDNZL, Pick Me, I'm Clean, Peaches En Regalia, Apostrophe', Jones Crusher, Bamboozled By Love, Little House I Used To Live In, Zomby Woof, I'm The Slime, Lucille Has Messed My Mind Up, Evelyn A Modified Dog, San Ber'dino, Andy, Inca Roads
    • a 181-minute audience / soundboard mix of this show got seeded on Zappateers
    • a 3DVD video recording of this show got seeded on Zappateers as well.

here are some pictures as posted by Analog414

Ike Willis - guitar & vocals

Ray White - guitar & vocals

Ike Willis - guitar & vocals  //  André Cholmondeley - guitar & vocals

  • 2010/01/02 - Martyrs - Chicago, IL
    • line-up

      • Andre' Cholmondeley - guitar & vocals * Dave Johnsen - bass & vocals * Eric Svalgard - keyboards & vocals * Jim Ruffi - drums

      • Ike Willis - vocals & guitar * Ray White - vocals & guitar

    • setlist
      • set one
        • Intro improv, A Pound For A Brown (On The Bus), More Trouble Every Day, Paul Stanley banter, Society Pages, I'm A Beautiful Guy, Beauty Knows No Pain, Charlie's Enormous Mouth, Any Downers?,  Advance Romance, FZ's pick & Thin Lizzy banter, Cosmik Debris, Little House I Used To Live In, banter, Filthy Habits, Lucille Has Messed My Mind Up, Apostrophe', Montana, Dumb All Over, banter, Tinseltown Rebellion, set 1 outro

      • set two

        • Intro, RDNZL, The Illinois Enema Bandit, Crew Slut, Keep It Greasy, Outside Now, Blessed Relief prelude, Blessed Relief, Ray remembers,  Jones Crusher, Eat That Question, banter, Magic Fingers, Florentine Pogen, banter, Evelyn, A Modified Dog, San Ber'dino

    • a 205-minute audience / soundboard matrix recording of this show got seeded on Zappateers

 

 

 

Andre' Cholmondeley - guitar & vocals
Dave Johnsen - bass & vocals
Jordan Shapiro - keyboards
Glen Leonard - drums & vocals
Ike Willis - vocals & guitar
Ray White - vocals & guitar

 

  • 2010/05/18 - concert 'Blue Note', Milan, Italy
    • line-up
      • Andre' Cholmondeley - guitar & vocals * Dave Johnsen - bass & vocals * Jordan Shapiro - keyboards * Glen Leonard - drums & vocals * Ike Willis - vocals & guitar * Ray White - vocals & guitar
    • setlist
      • A Pound For A Brown, More Trouble Every Day, Idiot Bastard Son, Bamboozled By Love, Peaches En Regalia, City Of Tiny Lites, Stick It Out, Zomby Woof, Apostrophe, Outside Now, I'm the Slime, Andy, Inca Roads
  • 2010/05/20 - concert 'Effenaar', Eindhoven, The Netherlands
    • line-up
      • Andre' Cholmondeley - guitar & vocals * Dave Johnsen - bass & vocals * Jordan Shapiro - keyboards * Glen Leonard - drums & vocals * Ike Willis - vocals & guitar * Ray White - vocals & guitar
        special guest
        Reinier Parengkuan - background vocals
    • setlist
      • intro, Pound For A Brown, Trouble Every Day, Magic Fingers, Idiot Bastard Son, Bamboozled By Love, Cosmik Debris, City Of Tiny Lites, Stick It Out, Keep It Greasey, Outside Now, Peaches En Regalia, Apostrophe, I'm The Slime, Zomby Woof
        encores
        Illinois Enema Bandit, Andy, Inca Roads

2010/05/21 - concert 'Tante Ju', Dresden, Germany

2010/05/22 - concert 'Musiktheater Piano', Dortmund, Germany

2010/05/24 - concert 'Colos-Saal', Aschaffenburg, Germany

2010/05/25 - concert 'FritzClub', Berlin, Germany

 

  • 2010/05/26 - concert 'Modernes', Bremen, Germany
    • line-up
      • Ike Willis - Vocals, Guitar * Ray White - Vocals, Guitar * Dave Johnsen - Bass, Miou * Andre Cholmondeley - Guitar, Vocals * Glenn Leonard - Drums, Vocals * Jordan Shapiro - Keyboards
    • setlist
      • set one
        • Tuning/Band Intro, Montana, More Trouble Every Day, The Idiot Bastard Son, Bamboozled By Love, Pound For A Brown (On The Bus), Magic Fingers, Excentrifugal Forz, Society Pages, Beautiful Guy, Beauty Knows No Pain, Big Swifty, Florentine Pogen
      • set two
        • Filthy Habits, City Of Tiny Lights, Stick It Out, Keep It Greasy, Outside Now (Again), Peaches En Regalia, Coskmik Debris, Blessed Relief, Zomby Woof
      • Encores
        • Andy, Inca Roads
    • a 165-minute audience recording of this show got seeded at Zappateers
    • a 89-minute audience video recording of this show (2nd set & encores) got seeded at Zappateers

 

Andre Cholmondeley - Guitar, Vocals

Glenn Leonard - Drums

Dave Johnsen - Bass

Ray White - Vocals, Guitar

Jordan Shapiro - Keyboards

Ike Willis - Vocals, Guitar

Fall Tour 2010

Ike Willis & Ray White - on guitars & vocals
plus
Andre' Cholmondeley - guitar, voc
David Johnsen - bass, voc
Eric Svalgard - keys, voc
John "Mumbo" Cochrane - drums, voc

  • 2011/02/09 Jammin' Java Vienna, VA
    (with Ike Willis)
  • 2011/02/010 Visulite Charlotte , NC
    (with Ike Willis & Denny Walley)
  • 2011/02/11 Stella Blue Asheville, NC
    (with Ike Willis, & Denny Walley)
  • 2011/02/12 Smith's Old Bar Atlanta, GA
    (with Ike Willis & Denny Walley)
  • 2011/02/14 The Pour House Charleston, SC
    (with Ike Willis & Ray White)
  • 2011/02/16 Ram's Head Annapolis, MD
    (with Ike Willis & Ray White)
  • 2011/02/17 Pour House Raleigh, NC
    (with Ike Willis & Ray White)
  • 2011/02/18 Kirk Ave Music Hall Roanoke, VA
    (with Ike Willis & Ray White)
  • 2011/02/19 8x10 Baltimore, MD
    (with Ike Willis & Ray White)
  • 2011/02/20 Sellersville Theatre Sellersville, PA
    (with Ike Willis & Ray White)
  • 2011/02/22 Mexicali Teaneck, NJ
    (with Ike Willis, Ray White, Don Preston & Bunk Gardner)

 

André Cholmondeley: guitar and vocals
David Johnsen: bass and vocals
Eric Svalgard: keyboards and vocals
Ryan Berg: drums
with
Ike Willis: guitar and vocals
Ray White: guitar and vocals

 

2011/10/13 Harrisburg PA ABC 
2011/10/14 Pittsburgh PA Thunderbird 
2011/10/15 Buffalo NY Nietzsche's
2011/10/16 Ferndale MI Magic Bag
2011/10/18 Carbondale IL Tres Hombres
2011/10/19 St Louis MO Old Rock House
2011/10/21 Milwaukee WI Miramar Theater
2011/10/22 Chicago IL Martyr's
2011/10/23 Cleveland OH Beachland Ballroom
2011/10/25 New Hope PA Havana
2011/10/26 Albany NY Valentine's
2011/10/27 Pawtucket RI Met Cafe
2011/10/28 Norfolk CT Infinity Hall
2011/10/29 New York NY BB King's

 

 

DECEMBER 2011 TOUR w IKE WILLIS

Anrdé Cholmondely: guitar & vocals
Kendall Scott: synths and keys
Max Johnson: bass
Ryan Berg: drums
Ike Willis: guitar & vocals
special guests
Liz Cary: violin (for PA, NJ, MD shows)

 

Ike Willis: Guitar & Vocals
Ray White: Guitar & Vocals
Andre' Cholmondeley: Guitar & Vocals
Kendall Scott: Keyboards & Synthesizers
Max Johnson: Bass
Gregg Bendian: Drums & Percussion

André Cholmondeley
Ike Willis
Ray White
Tom Fowler
Ed Mann
Denny Walley

 

PROJECT/OBJECT TOURDATES MAY 2013 USA

  • 08 Wed NJ Teaneck Mexicali (without Denny Walley)

  • 09 Thu PA Glenville Snail Pie Lounge (without Denny Walley)

  • 10 Fri NJ Asbury Park Stone Pony

  • 11 Sat CT New Haven Toad's Place

  • 12 Sun RI Pawtucket Met Cafe´

  • 13 Mon VT Burlington Higher Ground

  • 14 Tue MA Northampton Iron Horse

PROJECT/OBJECT TOURDATES MAY 2013 EUROPE  

  • 18 Sat Poland Lublin Codes Festival

  • 21 Tue Germany Hanover BluesGarage

  • 22 Wed Germany Aalen Rock It

  • 23 Thu Germany Aschaffenburg Colos-Saal

 

  • 24 Fri Netherlands Eindhoven Effenaar  
    • Andre Cholmondeley - Guitar, Vocals * Tom Fowler - Bass * Denny Walley - Slide Guitar, Vocal * Ike Willis - Guitar, Vocals * Ray White - Vocals, Guitar * Ryan Berg - Drums * Kendall Scott - Keyboards & Synthesizers
      special guest:
      Jeff Hollie - Sax

       

  • 25 Sat Germany Erfurt HsD Club

  • 26 Sun Austria Hard Kammgarn

 

 

 

random notes

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Andre Cholmondeley"
Sent: Friday, March 26, 2004
Subject: Web Hosting??? www_Projectobject_com is homeless.

Hello

You may have noticed the project object website is DOWN

I am soliciting help from the masses - I know that amongst you are web hosters, graphic designers, musicians and more geniuses than I can imagine.

Please drop me an email if you are interested in some hosting business from us - or know of someone you host with who would. Maybe one of you works at a company that's dying to GIVE AWAY free, stable webspace! Maybe you run one.

Here's what I need :
- hosting for 3 URLs
- musician/artist friendly company or people to deal with
- secure credit card purchase capabilities
- pro level server stability - no basement projects please
- Generous amounts of memory (Streaming & downloadable audio, video) - although we are redesigning a much leaner new site.
- to know I am supporting other independent people as much as I can, but sneak me some free space on your DoD or cbs.com server and I won't blink!!

THANKS for your help

-- Andre'
Projectobject.com (looking for a home)

mail andré at projectobject@earthlink.net


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Andre Cholmondeley”
Sent: Friday, April 02, 2004

First off - THANKS to everyone who got back to me about the website fiasco.
I really deeply appreciate what great people you meet in the music world.
Well, You meet great people in ALL aspects of the world but you know what I
mean.

We are BACK online TEMPORARILY (Thanks Lou!)- I am still ironing stuff out
and I will get back to each and every one of you who offered programming
skills, server discounts, server suggestions, and even free time, space and
promotion.

-- Andre'

 


    From Andre Cholmondeley
    June 1, 2004:

It's tonight folks!!! TUES JUNE 1

-- Project Object UNPLUGGED -- in NYC!!

Tues Jun 1 - doors 6pm
BB King Blues Club & Grill

A Double bill -WITH the Ed Palermo Big Band....featuring Zappa/Mothers alumni Napoleon Murphy Brock on Vocals + Sax !!!

Come hear some classic Zappa music... Rendered on Acoustic guitars/Mandolins/Violin/bass... Then with a HORN DRIVEN BIG BAND !!!

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PROJECT OBJECT UNPLUGGED --Set time 7­ 8pm  -  $20 tix

Zappa music.... ACOUSTIC!!

With:
Andre Cholmondeley * Jordan Shapiro * Dave Johnsen * Seahag

Special guest Dennis Lichtman and other members of Jordan's band ASTROGRASS
http://www.astrograssmusic.com

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ED PALERMO BIG BAND w/NAPOLEON MURPHY BROCK

ED PALERMO BIG BAND featuring Frank Zappa vocalist NAPOLEON MURPHY BROCK

Doors @ 6PM         Project Object at 7pm-8pm  -  All Tix $20.00

Ed Palermo Website <http://www.palermobigband.com>
Napoleon Brock Website <http://www.napoleonmbrock.com/>

For the past nine years, Ed Palermo and a 20+ piece band consisting of the greatest musicians in New York and beyond have paid tribute to the music of Ed's hero, Frank Zappa.

When Frank Zappa died, Ed decided to put his own music on hold so he could pay tribute to his hero. Spending countless hours figuring this amazing music out, Ed's labor of love culminated in a nine year run at New York City's prominent nightclub, the Bottom Line.

This show will be their first concert back since July of 2003.


André - 2005/09/09

"For the first time ever, everything is in place for the Battle of Armageddon and the Second Coming of Christ." -Ronald Reagan TONIGHT -- we celebrate the great words of the even greater ronald raygun -- and GO ON TOUR !!! NEWSFLASH:Project/object members Andre' Cholmondeley (DON PRESTON TOUR) and Dave Johnsen (INSIDIOUS RAYS TOUR) embark today on separate little tours that coincide in Burlington VT (9/18) and Phila PA (9/21 - Don's 73rd Birthday!!). And - Dave will perform with Don's Akashic ensemble on those evenings. Project/Object Fans in Chicago and Taylor/Detroit area have seen Dave and Insidious Rays.. they're headed your way again! ALSO/./.// This just in...and when you think 'this just in', it can only mean project/object drummer GLENN LEONARD. ..check him out in MODERN DRUMMER magazine - October 2005 issue "On the Move". BTW-I want to call special attention to the Don Preston NYC show this sunday - it's a real special show (they all are...) but extra special because this place is the sickest audiophile room i have been in -- sound surround speakers and a 5.1 live mix. Incredible. But the important part is - there are a small number or seats in the room and -YOU MUST MAKE RESERVATIONS..! please do so ASAP so they can plan accordingly!! - email me for details or call directly....here's the info.... Sun Sept 11 8:00PM The Monkey 37 w 26th st #1201 New York City 212-481-1601 DOORS OPEN:7:30 TICKETS: $15 - call now for reservations!! DON PRESTON AKASHIC ENSEMBLE - SEPTEMBER 2005 TOUR ELECTRONIC/JAZZ/AMBIENT/EXPERIMENTAL/MUSIQUE CONCRETE The Original Synthesist from ZAPPA's MOTHERS OF INVENTION is back on the road with his electronic music. w/Andre Cholmondeley - Virtual Guitar, synth, vocals, beats + Cheri Jiosne - Occasionally Mangled Electronic percussion, loops, beats (9/10, 9/11,9/21) Don's been combining jazz and electronic music for 50 years. Don't miss the show. Don plays Moog Voyager, VCS synth, Mac/G3 laptop and Boss sampler. FRI 9 Bethlehem PA - The Funhouse @ 10:00pm -bringing trippy audio gifts to Bethlehem SAT 10 Red Bank NJ - Synapse Studios @ 7:30pm with MODERN INTERPRETIVE DANCE SUN 11 New York NY - The Monkey @ 8:00pm ---sound surround 5.1 audio!! TUE 13 Ithaca NY-Cornell University LECTURE @12:15pm @ Clark Hall 701 w/ synth legends DAVID BORDEN+PATRICK GLEESON TUE 13 Trumansburg NY - The Rongovian Embassy @ 8:00pm live show - w/DAVID BORDEN!! WED 14 Woodstock NY - The Colony Cafe' @ 8:00pm - special grand piano performances as well THU 15 Albany NY -Savannah's w/ ZAPPA ALUMNI -- ED MANN ! @ 9:00pm SAT 17 Montreal, QC, CANADA -Foufounes Electriques @ 9:00pm SUN 18 Burlington VT - Nectar's @8:30pm w/Insidious Rays ! MON 19 Boston MA - LECTURE -Berklee School Of Music @1:00 to 3:00pm MON 19 Cambridge MA - Zeitgeist Gallery @ 7:00pm - special grand piano performances as well TUE 20 Hamden, CT - The Space @10:30pm WED 21 Philadelphia, PA - The Rotunda @8:30pm w/Insidious Rays ! - DON'S 73rd BIRTHDAY!! Details-----www.donpreston.com www.thinkelectronic.com Hear the CD ----http://cdbaby.com/cd/akashicensemble Akashic LIVE ----http://www.doctorcosmo.com/wprb/2004/0402.html COMING SOON!!! ZAPPA MUSIC- Project Object/TOUR Oct11-Nov22 http://www.projectobject.com INSIDIOUS RAYS SHOWS !!! HOLA LOVERS OF THE ROCK! Come out and share the love with the Rays!!! The new CD is out!! Grab that now!! Thu Sep 08 The FUNHOUSE 5 East 4th St. Bethlehem, PA 10 pm $4 21 + 610-868-5311 ALL RAYS!!! ALL NIGHT!!! Fri Sep 09 The Trolley Stop Lounge 8820 Pelham Rd Taylor, MI (313) 292-6464 9 pm 21+ Right outside of Detroit!!! Motor City Burbs Baby!!! They supposedly have bikini waitresses?!! Sat Sep 10 Martyrs' 3855 N. Lincoln Ave. Chicago, IL 737-404-9494 9 pm $10 21+ Opening for Garaj Mahal!!! Sun Sep 11 The Stones Throw 904 Eau Claire St. Eau Claire, WI 715 552-5882 10 pm FREE !!! ALL AGES w/The Jim Pullman Band & Plaid Goat(Jay's old band, reunion show time!) SO COME ON OUT IF YOU'RE FEELING SAUCY AND WANNA TRAVEL! OR IF YA KNOW ANYBODY OUT IN THESE AREAS LET EM KNOW WE'RE COMING TO TOWN, AND IT WILL ROCK!!PEACE!! "Two wrongs don't make a right.......But it's a start" UPCOMING PERFORMANCES: "Creationists make it sound as though a 'theory' is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night" - Carl Sagan (1934 - 1996) DON PRESTON AKASHIC ENSEMBLE - SEPTEMBER 2005 TOUR ELECTRONIC/JAZZ/AMBIENT/EXPERIMENTAL/MUSIQUE CONCRETE The Original Synthesist from ZAPPA's MOTHERS OF INVENTION is back on the road with his electronic music. He's been doing it for 50 years. Don't miss the show. Don plays Moog Voyager, VCS synth, Mac/G3 laptop and Boss sampler. FRI 9 Bethlehem PA - The Funhouse @ 10:00pm SAT 10 Red Bank NJ - Synapse Studios @ 7:30pm SUN 11 New York NY - The Monkey @ 8:00pm TUE 13 Ithaca NY-Cornell University LECTURE @12:15pm @ Clark Hall 701 TUE 13 Trumansburg NY - The Rongovian Embassy @ 8:00pm WED 14 Woodstock NY - The Colony Cafe' @ 8:00pm THU 15 Albany NY -Savannah's w/ ZAPPA ALUMNI -- ED MANN ! @ 9:00pm SAT 17 Montreal, QC, CANADA -Foufounes Electriques @ 9:00pm SUN 18 Burlington VT - Nectar's @8:30pm MON 19 Boston MA - LECTURE -Berklee School Of Music @1:00 to 3:00pm MON 19 Cambridge MA - Zeitgeist Gallery @ 7:00pm TUE 20 Hamden, CT - The Space @10:30pm WED 21 Philadelphia, PA - The Rotunda @8:30pm Details-----www.donpreston.com www.thinkelectronic.com Hear the CD ----http://cdbaby.com/cd/akashicensemble Akashic LIVE ----http://www.doctorcosmo.com/wprb/2004/0402.html ZAPPA MUSIC- Project Object/TOUR Oct11-Nov22 http://www.projectobject.com "For the first time ever, everything is in place for the Battle of Armageddon and the Second Coming of Christ." -Ronald Reagan


André - 2005/09/11

Hey folks -- this is JUST for the NYC area people - others can feel free to read but it's only about TONITE's show, and will bore you to tears. thank you!! Yo, NYC-area people..- some of you got this note i sent recently about the DON PRESTON show at THE MONKEY - set for tonite SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 11 8:00pm... THE SHOW IS IN DANGER OF CANCELLATION !! Unless we hear -VIA REPLY TO THIS EMAIL -that at least another 10-15 of you will be coming. Why?? -the show will lose money, and cannot run with a small turnout. AT this point we only have a couple of reservations, but some of you have emailed me with questions about address, time, floor etc -- SO I ASSUME YOU'RE COMING -- BUT I MUST HEAR FROM YOU IF THIS IS DEFINITE. Otherwise - bummer- we will, sadly, have to cancel the show. I will email again if this comes to pass. Other Details -THE MONKEY is a special venue -audiophile room/sound surround/5.1 live mix. -it's NOT A BAR --it is a venue without alcohol, food or other revenue generation. -this high tech venue is COMPLETELY funded by ticket sales, and the artist(s) paid the same way -there are only 30 or so seats, very intimate space. Sun Sept 11 8:00PM The Monkey 37 w 26th st #1201 New York City 212-481-1601 DOORS OPEN:7:30 TICKETS: $15 - call now for reservations!! OR EMAIL ME with questions!! DON PRESTON AKASHIC ENSEMBLE - SEPTEMBER 2005 TOUR ELECTRONIC/JAZZ/AMBIENT/EXPERIMENTAL/MUSIQUE CONCRETE The Original Synthesist from ZAPPA's MOTHERS OF INVENTION is back on the road with his electronic music. w/Andre Cholmondeley - Virtual Guitar, synth, vocals, beats + Cheri Jiosne - Occasionally Mangled Electronic percussion, loops, beats (9/10, 9/11,9/21) Don's been combining jazz and electronic music for 50 years. Don't miss the show. Don plays Moog Voyager, VCS synth, Mac/G3 laptop and Boss sampler. FRI 9 Bethlehem PA - The Funhouse @ 10:00pm -bringing trippy audio gifts to Bethlehem SAT 10 Red Bank NJ - Synapse Studios @ 7:30pm with MODERN INTERPRETIVE DANCE SUN 11 New York NY - The Monkey @ 8:00pm ---sound surround 5.1 audio!! TUE 13 Ithaca NY-Cornell University LECTURE @12:15pm @ Clark Hall 701 w/ synth legends DAVID BORDEN+PATRICK GLEESON TUE 13 Trumansburg NY - The Rongovian Embassy @ 8:00pm live show - w/DAVID BORDEN!! WED 14 Woodstock NY - The Colony Cafe' @ 8:00pm - special grand piano performances as well THU 15 Albany NY -Savannah's w/ ZAPPA ALUMNI -- ED MANN ! @ 9:00pm SAT 17 Montreal, QC, CANADA -Foufounes Electriques @ 9:00pm SUN 18 Burlington VT - Nectar's @8:30pm w/Insidious Rays ! MON 19 Boston MA - LECTURE -Berklee School Of Music @1:00 to 3:00pm MON 19 Cambridge MA - Zeitgeist Gallery @ 7:00pm - special grand piano performances as well TUE 20 Hamden, CT - The Space @10:30pm WED 21 Philadelphia, PA - The Rotunda @8:30pm w/Insidious Rays ! - DON'S 73rd BIRTHDAY!! Details-----www.donpreston.com www.thinkelectronic.com Hear the CD ----http://cdbaby.com/cd/akashicensemble Akashic LIVE ----http://www.doctorcosmo.com/wprb/2004/0402.html COMING SOON!!! ZAPPA MUSIC- Project Object/TOUR Oct11-Nov22 http://www.projectobject.com "Two wrongs don't make a right.......But it's a start" UPCOMING PERFORMANCES: "Creationists make it sound as though a 'theory' is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night" - Carl Sagan (1934 - 1996) DON PRESTON AKASHIC ENSEMBLE - SEPTEMBER 2005 TOUR ELECTRONIC/JAZZ/AMBIENT/EXPERIMENTAL/MUSIQUE CONCRETE The Original Synthesist from ZAPPA's MOTHERS OF INVENTION is back on the road with his electronic music. He's been doing it for 50 years. Don't miss the show. Don plays Moog Voyager, VCS synth, Mac/G3 laptop and Boss sampler. FRI 9 Bethlehem PA - The Funhouse @ 10:00pm SAT 10 Red Bank NJ - Synapse Studios @ 7:30pm SUN 11 New York NY - The Monkey @ 8:00pm TUE 13 Ithaca NY-Cornell University LECTURE @12:15pm @ Clark Hall 701 TUE 13 Trumansburg NY - The Rongovian Embassy @ 8:00pm WED 14 Woodstock NY - The Colony Cafe' @ 8:00pm THU 15 Albany NY -Savannah's w/ ZAPPA ALUMNI -- ED MANN ! @ 9:00pm SAT 17 Montreal, QC, CANADA -Foufounes Electriques @ 9:00pm SUN 18 Burlington VT - Nectar's @8:30pm MON 19 Boston MA - LECTURE -Berklee School Of Music @1:00 to 3:00pm MON 19 Cambridge MA - Zeitgeist Gallery @ 7:00pm TUE 20 Hamden, CT - The Space @10:30pm WED 21 Philadelphia, PA - The Rotunda @8:30pm Details-----www.donpreston.com www.thinkelectronic.com Hear the CD ----http://cdbaby.com/cd/akashicensemble Akashic LIVE ----http://www.doctorcosmo.com/wprb/2004/0402.html ZAPPA MUSIC- Project Object/TOUR Oct11-Nov22 http://www.projectobject.com "For the first time ever, everything is in place for the Battle of Armageddon and the Second Coming of Christ." -Ronald Reagan


André - 2005/09/11

is it bad karma to try to hold a musical performance in a high-rise building in Manhattan on 9-11??? hmmm., in any event - THAT SHOW HAS BEEN CANCELLED. again - tonight's show in NYC has been cancelled. NO SHOW TONITE the REST of the tour is ON, all shows as scheduled. Just an NYC problem. Thanks for your emails and attempts to help me salvage. Basically - the room needed ADVANCE SALES, and we fell short -- we have a significant WALK UP crowd , but that woudn't help today, the way it is set up. SOrry for any inconvenience and i'm REALLY sorry for those who found out from a poster of postcard, but have no email The tour has been going great so far - WE WILL RETURN to "The Monkey" next year, sorry NYC people!! We had a great gig in Bethlehem PA -- what a crowd!!!! and it was surreal to have people paying rapt attention in a towny bar... really wild. Then last night we played out old fave venue in central jersey - SYNAPSE STUDIOS - a great space, all wood floor, huge yoga studio. great acoustics and we were accompanied by two professional dancers. a great show, great fun. we premiered a new Indian-themed piece of Don's and a new one of mine. Plus a cool Zappa cover. Don has also been doing some solo-piano moments in the show, including Carla Bley's "Walking Batterie Woman" SO-- come on out and see a show -- email me or check the site for times/details. This Thursday in ALbany we share the bill with Zappa alumni and percussionist extraordinaire ED MANN !! DON PRESTON AKASHIC ENSEMBLE - SEPTEMBER 2005 TOUR ELECTRONIC/JAZZ/AMBIENT/EXPERIMENTAL/MUSIQUE CONCRETE The Original Synthesist from ZAPPA's MOTHERS OF INVENTION is back on the road with his electronic music. with Andre' Cholmondeley - synth, samples, vocals, virtual guitar & Cheri Jiosne - electronics, percussion, bit crusher He's been doing it for 50 years. Don't miss the show. Don plays Moog Voyager, VCS synth, Mac/G3 laptop and Boss sampler. FRI 9 Bethlehem PA - The Funhouse @ 10:00pm SAT 10 Red Bank NJ - Synapse Studios @ 7:30pm SUN 11 New York NY - The Monkey @ 8:00pm - CANCELLED!! TUE 13 Ithaca NY-Cornell University LECTURE @12:15pm @ Clark Hall 701 TUE 13 Trumansburg NY - The Rongovian Embassy @ 8:00pm WED 14 Woodstock NY - The Colony Cafe' @ 8:00pm THU 15 Albany NY -Savannah's w/ ZAPPA ALUMNI -- ED MANN ! @ 9:00pm SAT 17 Montreal, QC, CANADA -Foufounes Electriques @ 9:00pm SUN 18 Burlington VT - Nectar's @8:30pm MON 19 Boston MA - LECTURE -Berklee School Of Music @1:00 to 3:00pm MON 19 Cambridge MA - Zeitgeist Gallery @ 7:00pm TUE 20 Hamden, CT - The Space @10:30pm WED 21 Philadelphia, PA - The Rotunda @8:30pm Details-----www.donpreston.com www.thinkelectronic.com Hear the CD ----http://cdbaby.com/cd/akashicensemble Akashic LIVE ----http://www.doctorcosmo.com/wprb/2004/0402.html ZAPPA MUSIC- Project Object/TOUR Oct11-Nov22 http://www.projectobject.com "For the first time ever, everything is in place for the Battle of Armageddon and the Second Coming of Christ." -Ronald Reagan (yes - an actual quote on the record) "Two wrongs don't make a right.......But it's a start" UPCOMING PERFORMANCES: "Creationists make it sound as though a 'theory' is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night" - Carl Sagan (1934 - 1996) DON PRESTON AKASHIC ENSEMBLE - SEPTEMBER 2005 TOUR ELECTRONIC/JAZZ/AMBIENT/EXPERIMENTAL/MUSIQUE CONCRETE The Original Synthesist from ZAPPA's MOTHERS OF INVENTION is back on the road with his electronic music. He's been doing it for 50 years. Don't miss the show. Don plays Moog Voyager, VCS synth, Mac/G3 laptop and Boss sampler. with Andre' Cholmondeley - synth, samples, vocals, virtual guitar & Cheri Jiosne - electronics, percussion, bit crusher FRI 9 Bethlehem PA - The Funhouse @ 10:00pm SAT 10 Red Bank NJ - Synapse Studios @ 7:30pm SUN 11 New York NY - The Monkey @ 8:00pm *CANCELLED!!* TUE 13 Ithaca NY-Cornell University LECTURE @12:15pm @ Clark Hall 701 TUE 13 Trumansburg NY - The Rongovian Embassy @ 8:00pm WED 14 Woodstock NY - The Colony Cafe' @ 8:00pm THU 15 Albany NY -Savannah's w/ ZAPPA ALUMNI -- ED MANN ! @ 9:00pm SAT 17 Montreal, QC, CANADA -Foufounes Electriques @ 9:00pm SUN 18 Burlington VT - Nectar's @8:30pm MON 19 Boston MA - LECTURE -Berklee School Of Music @1:00 to 3:00pm MON 19 Cambridge MA - Zeitgeist Gallery @ 7:00pm TUE 20 Hamden, CT - The Space @10:30pm WED 21 Philadelphia, PA - The Rotunda @8:30pm Details-----www.donpreston.com www.thinkelectronic.com Hear the CD ----http://cdbaby.com/cd/akashicensemble Akashic LIVE ----http://www.doctorcosmo.com/wprb/2004/0402.html ZAPPA MUSIC- Project Object/TOUR Oct11-Nov22 http://www.projectobject.com "For the first time ever, everything is in place for the Battle of Armageddon and the Second Coming of Christ." -Ronald Reagan (yes an actual quote on the record)


André - 2005/09/14

LEFT TO RIGHT - Earlier Today Tues 9/13-05 at Clark Hall, Cornell U, Ithaca NY Post lecture, 100 or more in attendance at mid-day to hear about Bob Moog, the history of these great men with Bob and synth music. 100 peoples. Not bad, huh?!? For a talk about one of the weirdest greatest instruments invented so far..... Trevor Pinch - author of ANALOG DAYS (must read) history of MOOG, and the general synth explosion of the 60s/70s to now David Borden ( from Mother Mallards Portable Masterpiece) Don Preston ( you know) Pat Gleeson (FIRST GUY to play synth in a major jazz group) - HERBIE HANCOCK BAND 1971-74 or so - played on Herbies' groundbreaking synth albums, brought Herbie into the synth word on 'CROSSINGS' and 'SEXTANT'.
WOuld there have been "ROCKIT" without his influence??? perhaps - but with a cheesier patch! What a day!!! After fighting the NJ commuter traffic, about which thankfully - i'm CLUELESS, we made it to Cornell 10 mins late after a 4hr race thru 3 states!! Don settled right into the lecture -- demonstrated the MOOG VOYAGER a bit. There followed some GREAT stories by all about meeting Bob, working with him , amazing anecdotes. We saw some great video of KEITH EMERSON, playing the ostinato l;eft hand stuff from TARKUS -- with Bob Moog soloing over it with a theremin!!! Fun stuff. ALso lots , LOST of cool pics of the gentlemen on the panel -- back in the day with the FIRST modular synths used in performance there was a great segment with Pat and Don on how they did the APOCALYPSE NOW! sndtrk. great insights, Coppola stories (his house is BUGGED - by him!!) Met some amazing students as well as fans who found out and attended the free lecture. Out in front they had an ACTUAL vintage THEREMIN, MINIMOOG and other stuff i had no idea what it was! . great attention to details Many many tales. Too many to remember. And -- in minutes we're all off to a Thai restaurant - then THE GIG -- in TRumansburg -- right across the st from THE ORIGINAL MOOG FACTORY!!! Stay tuned for some cool pics. PS -the whole lecture was recorded professionally by the school - stay tuned- i will see about posting all or some of the day's proceedings online PEACE -- see you at a show this week!! - Andre' PS --Don's 73rd birthday party -- Philly - next wed sep 21!! UPCOMING PERFORMANCES: DON PRESTON AKASHIC ENSEMBLE - SEPTEMBER 2005 TOUR ELECTRONIC/JAZZ/AMBIENT/EXPERIMENTAL/MUSIQUE CONCRETE The Original Synthesist from ZAPPA's MOTHERS OF INVENTION is back on the road with his electronic music. He's been doing it for 50 years. Don't miss the show. Don plays Moog Voyager, VCS synth, Mac/G3 laptop and Boss sampler. with Andre' Cholmondeley - synth, samples, vocals, virtual guitar & Cheri Jiosne - electronics, percussion, bit crusher (CJ on 9/10, 9/14, 9/21 only) FRI 9 Bethlehem PA - The Funhouse @ 10:00pm SAT 10 Red Bank NJ - Synapse Studios @ 7:30pm SUN 11 New York NY - The Monkey @ 8:00pm *CANCELLED!!* TUE 13 Ithaca NY-Cornell University LECTURE @12:15pm @ Clark Hall 701 TUE 13 Trumansburg NY - The Rongovian Embassy @ 8:00pm WED 14 Woodstock NY - The Colony Cafe' @ 8:00pm THU 15 Albany NY -Savannah's w/ ZAPPA ALUMNI -- ED MANN ! @ 9:00pm SAT 17 Montreal, QC, CANADA -Foufounes Electriques @ 9:00pm SUN 18 Burlington VT - Nectar's @8:30pm MON 19 Boston MA - LECTURE -Berklee School Of Music @1:00 to 3:00pm MON 19 Cambridge MA - Zeitgeist Gallery @ 7:00pm TUE 20 Hamden, CT - The Space @10:30pm WED 21 Philadelphia, PA - The Rotunda @8:30pm Details-----www.donpreston.com www.thinkelectronic.com Hear the CD ----http://cdbaby.com/cd/akashicensemble Akashic LIVE ----http://www.doctorcosmo.com/wprb/2004/0402.html ZAPPA MUSIC- Project Object/TOUR Oct11-Nov22 http://www.projectobject.com "Two wrongs don't make a right.......But it's a start" UPCOMING PERFORMANCES: "Creationists make it sound as though a 'theory' is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night" - Carl Sagan (1934 - 1996) DON PRESTON AKASHIC ENSEMBLE - SEPTEMBER 2005 TOUR ELECTRONIC/JAZZ/AMBIENT/EXPERIMENTAL/MUSIQUE CONCRETE The Original Synthesist from ZAPPA's MOTHERS OF INVENTION is back on the road with his electronic music. He's been doing it for 50 years. Don't miss the show. Don plays Moog Voyager, VCS synth, Mac/G3 laptop and Boss sampler. with Andre' Cholmondeley - synth, samples, vocals, virtual guitar & Cheri Jiosne - electronics, percussion, bit crusher (CJ on 9/10, 9/14, 9/21 only) FRI 9 Bethlehem PA - The Funhouse @ 10:00pm SAT 10 Red Bank NJ - Synapse Studios @ 7:30pm SUN 11 New York NY - The Monkey @ 8:00pm *CANCELLED!!* TUE 13 Ithaca NY-Cornell University LECTURE @12:15pm @ Clark Hall 701 TUE 13 Trumansburg NY - The Rongovian Embassy @ 8:00pm WED 14 Woodstock NY - The Colony Cafe' @ 8:00pm THU 15 Albany NY -Savannah's w/ ZAPPA ALUMNI -- ED MANN ! @ 9:00pm SAT 17 Montreal, QC, CANADA -Foufounes Electriques @ 9:00pm SUN 18 Burlington VT - Nectar's @8:30pm MON 19 Boston MA - LECTURE -Berklee School Of Music @1:00 to 3:00pm MON 19 Cambridge MA - Zeitgeist Gallery @ 7:00pm TUE 20 Hamden, CT - The Space @10:30pm WED 21 Philadelphia, PA - The Rotunda @8:30pm Details-----www.donpreston.com www.thinkelectronic.com Hear the CD ----http://cdbaby.com/cd/akashicensemble Akashic LIVE ----http://www.doctorcosmo.com/wprb/2004/0402.html ZAPPA MUSIC- Project Object/TOUR Oct11-Nov22 http://www.projectobject.com "For the first time ever, everything is in place for the Battle of Armageddon and the Second Coming of Christ." -Ronald Reagan (yes an actual quote on the record)

    From Andre Cholmondeley
    September 29, 2004:

Hey folks

Hope you are well.. And hope to see you out there in the crowd

Wow!! as usual..what an amazing crowd in the IRON HORSE last night -- show opener was a blast..the ravenous N'hampton crowd pushed us along nicely.
They got a PO WORLD PREMIERE of ... Well - you'll be surprised at this song as well.

ANYWAY - gotta run -- hotel checkout in 8 minutes -- but DON'T MISS TONIGHT'S SHOW... (if you're in the eastern NY state area).

Special Guest "Weapon Of Mass Distortion" tonight will be MIKE KENEALLY !! - Zappa 'stunt guitarist' for the 1988 tour. Mike appears on several live albums from the 88 tour..and has crafted an incredible mountain of original music - get thee to radiokeneally.com or keneally.com if you're unaware.

Valentines - 17 New Scotland Ave - 518-432-6572 - Doors 8 - show at 9pm

Anyway -- see you tonight..or on the road. More info at the website Www.projectobject.com

And - if yer in the area - Mike is doing an acoustic clinic/performance at Guitar Center(??) earlier that day -check his site.
Project Object "Weapons Of Mass Distortion" Tour Sep-Nov 2004 Details at http://www.projectobject.com

PROJECT OBJECT WITH
Ike Willis & Napoleon Murphy Brock
Weapons of Mass Distortion* Tour Fall 04
* distortion of sound, fashion and normalcy, that is!

Performing the Music Of Frank Zappa + Mothers Of Invention
SEPTEMBER 2004

TUES 28 Northampton MA - IRON HORSE
WED 29 Albany NY - VALENTINES
THU 30 Providence RI - THE CALL

OCTOBER 2004

FRI 01 Trenton NJ - THE CONDUIT
SAT 02 Baltimore MD - FUNK BOX
SUN 03 off/travel
MON 04 + TUE 05 Pittsburgh PA - CLUB CAFE'
WED 06 Buffalo NY - CLUB INFINITY
THU 07 Detroit MI -MAGIC BAG
FRI 08 Cleveland OH - THE AGORA BALLROOM yeah!!
SAT 09 Chicago IL - MARTYR'S
SUN 10 Chicago IL - MARTYR'S
MON 11 off/travel
TUE 12 Boulder CO- THE FOX THEATRE
WED 13+THU 14 - off/travel
FRI 15 Seattle WA - THE RAINBOW
SAT 16 Seattle WA - THE RAINBOW
SUN 17 Portland OR - DANTE'S
MON 18 Eugene OR - THE WOW HALL
TUE 19 Chico CA - THE BEAN SCENE (how california......we love it!)
WED 20 San Francisco CA - THE INDEPENDENT
THU 21 Santa Rosa CA - LAST DAY SALOON NORTH

NOTE: the next several shows will be WITHOUT Napoleon M Brock. He will be ON TOUR in Europe - check www.napoleonmbrock.com for details. He returns to the tour on MON NOV 8 - Philly PA.

FRI 22 Santa Cruz CA - BROOKDALE LODGE -without Napoleon
SAT 23 San Diego CA - WINSTON'S -without Napoleon
SUN 24 + MON 25 TBA/off/travel
TUE 26 TBA -without Napoleon
WED 27 Denver CO- CERVANTES -without Napoleon
THU 28 TBA -without Napoleon
FRI 29 off/travel
SAT 30 TBA -without Napoleon
SUN 31 HALLOWEEN !!! TBA -without Napoleon

NOVEMBER 2004

MON 1 St. Louis MO - Cicero's -without Napoleon
TUE 2 Election Day off in Tennessee- GO VOTE!! www.factcheck.org
WED 3 Nashville TN - 12th and Porter-without Napoleon
THU 4 - Atlanta GA- VARIETY PLAYHOUSE -without Napoleon
FRI 5 - Charlotte NC - VISULITE THEATRE -without Napoleon
SAT 6 - Asheville NC - STELLA BLUE -without Napoleon
SUN 7 - off/travel

FOLLOWING SHOWS INCLUDE IKE AND NAPOLEON !!
MON 8 - Philadelphia PA- WORLD CAFE' LIVE -Napoleon RETURNS!!!
TUES 9 - recording day
WED 10 - Cambridge MA - THE MIDDLE EAST
THU 11 - Hartford CT- WEBSTER THEATRE
FRI 12 - Asbury Park NJ- STONE PONY
SAT 13 - Wilkes Barre PA - RIVER ST JAZZ CAFE'
SUN 14 - NYC NY- KNITTING FACTORY
MON 15 - TBA VT
TUE 16 TBA

Project Object "Weapons Of Mass Distortion" Tour

Sep-Nov 2004
Details at http://www.projectobject.com

"Terror is the war of the poor. War is the terror of the rich." -Ustinov

"If we don't stop extending our troops all around the world in nation-building missions, then we're going to have a serious problem coming down the road."  -Gov. George W. Bush, October 3, 2000

"We should not march into Baghdad . . . . To occupy Iraq would instantly shatter our coalition, turning the whole Arab world against us, and make a broken tyrant into a latter-day Arab hero . . . assigning young soldiers to a fruitless hunt for a securely entrenched dictator and condemning them to fight in what would be an unwinnable urban guerrilla war. It could only plunge that part of the world into even greater instability."
President George Bush 1st, 1998 book "A World Transformed", co-authored with Brent Scowcroft, Random House.


    From Andre Cholmondeley
    October 18, 2004

Hello all

- first off - welcome to the email list for a ton of you, thanks for reaching us, thanks for coming to the shows!!! Thanks for the kind support in this venture. Am I NUTS putting a tour together when OIL is $55/barrel?? BTW....We ARE taking gasoline donations!!!!

**HUMBOLDT COUNTY, CALIFORNIA GIG JUST ADDED*** TOMORROW NIGHT
(tues 19th Oct)!!

The Chico, CA gig was cancelled.. The replacement gig is:

TUE 19 Dunsmuir, CA  -SENGTHONG's BLUE SKY ROOM
It's a premium THAI restaurant as well. Have some dinner!!!

Show info & advance tickets!  http://www.positiveproductions.net
(530) 641-4099
TOMORROW NIGHT (tues 19th Oct)!!

-THE TOUR---we are having a great time, always fun to see all of you ZAPPA FREAKS. And, so good to see so many NEW faces. People are warmly welcoming the 'new guy' - Eric Svalgard. He's havin' a blast and tearing up the parts!!

-Look out for extra special guests on these following shows!!!

THU NOV 4 - Atlanta GA- VARIETY PLAYHOUSE -without Napoleon
(with 1975-1979 ZAPPABAND ALUMNI DENNY WALLEY - SLIDE GUITAR)

WED 10 - Cambridge MA - THE MIDDLE EAST
(with DAVE FIUCZYNSKI - GUITARS)

FRI 12 - Asbury Park NJ- STONE PONY - IKE'S BIRTHDAY!!!
(with ED PALERMO - SAX)

I also wanted to make sure people knew about a couple added dates - one is
TOMORROW NIGHT (tues 19th Oct)!!

The Chico, CA gig was cancelled.. The replacement gig is:

TUE 19 Dunsmuir, CA  -SENGTHONG's BLUE SKY ROOM (530) 641-4099
It's a premium THAI restaurant as well. Have some dinner!!!

Show info & advance tickets!  http://www.positiveproductions.net

Another gig added a couple weeks ago is:

SAT 30 Lawrence KS JAZZHAUS -without Napoleon

Stay tuned for updates via email...or check out www.projectobject.com

Current dates follow!!!
See ya at a show!

Peace, Andre'

Project Object "Weapons Of Mass Distortion" Tour
Sep-Nov 2004 Details at http://www.projectobject.com

PROJECT OBJECT WITH
Ike Willis & Napoleon Murphy Brock
Weapons of Mass Distortion* Tour Fall 04
* distortion of sound, fashion and normalcy, that is!

Performing the Music Of Frank Zappa + Mothers Of Invention

REMAINING DATES:

OCTOBER
MON 18 Eugene OR - THE WOW HALL

**NEW***
TUE 19 Dunsmuir, CA  -SENGTHONG's BLUE SKY ROOM

WED 20 San Francisco CA - THE INDEPENDENT
THU 21 Santa Rosa CA - LAST DAY SALOON NORTH

NOTE: the next several shows will be WITHOUT Napoleon M Brock. He will be ON TOUR in Europe - check www.napoleonmbrock.com for details. He returns to the tour on MON NOV 8 - Philly PA.

FRI 22 Santa Cruz CA - BROOKDALE LODGE -without Napoleon
SAT 23 San Diego CA - WINSTON'S -without Napoleon
SUN 24 + MON 25 TBA/off/travel
TUE 26 TBA -without Napoleon
WED 27 Denver CO- CERVANTES -without Napoleon
THU 28 TBA -without Napoleon
FRI 29 off/travel
SAT 30 Lawrence KS JAZZHAUS -without Napoleon
SUN 31 HALLOWEEN !!! TBA -without Napoleon

NOVEMBER 2004

MON 1 St. Louis MO - Cicero's -without Napoleon
TUE 2 Election Day off in Tennessee- GO VOTE!! www.factcheck.org
WED 3 Nashville TN - Postponed
THU 4 - Atlanta GA- VARIETY PLAYHOUSE -without Napoleon
FRI 5 - Charlotte NC - VISULITE THEATRE -without Napoleon
SAT 6 - Asheville NC - STELLA BLUE -without Napoleon
SUN 7 - off/travel

FOLLOWING SHOWS INCLUDE IKE AND NAPOLEON !!
MON 8 - Philadelphia PA- WORLD CAFE' LIVE -Napoleon RETURNS!!!
TUES 9 - recording day
WED 10 - Cambridge MA - THE MIDDLE EAST
THU 11 - Hartford CT- WEBSTER THEATRE
FRI 12 - Asbury Park NJ- STONE PONY - IKE'S BIRTHDAY!!!
SAT 13 - Wilkes Barre PA - RIVER ST JAZZ CAFE'
SUN 14 - NYC NY- KNITTING FACTORY
MON 15 - PORTLAND ME - Club INfinity
TUE 16 - BURLINGTON VT - NECTARS
 


    From Andre Cholmondeley
    November 12, 2004

Hey

We close out the tour on wed.
HEY -- where's my LOCAL POSSE!!
Tonight is yer night

Come out to the PONY in asbury park.....

THANKS!

Fri Nov 12  Doors 9pm / PO 11:00pm
Stone Pony
913 Ocean Ave.
Asbury Park, NJ
Venue Phone 732-502-0600
Venue Fax 732-502-9090
www.stoneponyonline.com
Doors 9pm / PO 11:00pm

Tix $15 adv. / $15 day of show
Tix at Venue box office, Ticketmaster, and <http://www.musictoday.com/>
Ages 18+
2 60 minute sets -- well -- WAAAAY more than that
(Keith of ATOMIC BITCHWAX on sound...)

Project Object "Weapons Of Mass Distortion" Tour
Sep-Nov 2004 Details at http://www.projectobject.com

PROJECT OBJECT WITH
Ike Willis & Napoleon Murphy Brock
Weapons of Mass Distortion* Tour Fall 04
* distortion of sound, fashion and normalcy, that is!

Performing the Music Of Frank Zappa + Mothers Of Invention

NOTE: the next few shows will be WITHOUT Napoleon M Brock. He returns to the tour on MON NOV 8 - Philly PA.

NOVEMBER 2004  ALL FOLLOWING SHOWS INCLUDE IKE AND NAPOLEON !!

WED 10 - Cambridge MA - THE MIDDLE EAST
THU 11 - Hartford CT- WEBSTER THEATRE
FRI 12 - Asbury Park NJ- STONE PONY - IKE'S BIRTHDAY!!!
SAT 13 - Wilkes Barre PA - RIVER ST JAZZ CAFE'
SUN 14 - NYC NY- KNITTING FACTORY
MON 15 - PORTLAND ME -
TUE 16 - BURLINGTON VT -


    From Andre Cholmondeley
    November 19, 2004

Hey folks

Well - we made it back home. What a ball club. Thanks first and foremost to Ike Willis, Napoleon Murphy Brock, Eric Svalgard, Dave Johnsen, Glenn Leonard, Laura Eggplant Wilson, Jon Pakalolo Braun and our management, Howie and Mike at CEGmusic.com. Hey - I'll even look in the mirror and say "Thanks for believing in insanity"

51 days, 39 gigs, or whatever way you count it with a couple 2-nighters etc. Weather was great to us - we SAW snow on the highway once that I can remember..and had to load in rain a couple times. Otherwise - perfection. It was great seeing you all, what an amazing fan base. THANKS so much for the support and making sure we can sustain this INSANE idea of ...performing the music of a ten-years-gone, still largely unknown musical iconoclast. That's why we do it...and clearly there are a lot of you lurking out there in the towns and cities of the USA. Musically  - it was one of our best tours, the fun was exceptional as well. And the politics kept us laughing, somehow. Check out www.zappa.com , go to the forum, for lotsa pix, setlists and more.

Stay tuned for more about how it all went, pictures etc. THE roll call of "WEAPONS OF MASS DISTORTION" and special guests was mind-numbing. We kept finding them, including:

Mike Keneally (MK Band, keneally.com Zappa band 1988) - Albany NY
Denny Walley - (Zappa band 1975-81) -Atlanta GA, Asheville NC
Jon Fishman (drums, PHISH, Pork Tornado, JMP) - Burlington VT
Seahag (robbieseahag.com  PT Proj/Obj- guitar ) - several E-coast shows
Jordan Shapiro ( PT Proj/Obj keys)- several E-coast shows
Jon Braun (drums, insidiousrays.com & Proj/Obj driver) -most cities
Ed Palermo - (palermobigband.com) Asbury Park NJ, NYC NY
Jimmy Wilson - (Flugelhorn, trumpet) Baltimore MD, Cleveland OH
Dave Fiuczynski - (torsos.com, guitar & fretless gtr) Cambridge MA
Gary Lucas (garylucas.com -ex Beefheart, Jeff Buckley,  guitar) - NYC NY
Carl Restivo (ex-Proj/Obj gtr/voc, IZ. Vocals- carlrestivo.com) NYC NY
Joe Hendel (trombone, Yale sophomore) - Hartford CT, NYC NY
Reverend B-ill (soundofurchin.com- guitar) - Asbury Park NJ
Keith Ackerman (FOH mix, Atomic Bitchwax-drums) - Asbury Park NJ
Kirk Miller (FOH mxi, WEEN FOH 15+ years) - NYC NY
Colin Stetson (sax, ANTIBALAS) - NYC, NY
Jamie Masefield (mando, Jazz Mandolin Project/JMP) - Burlington VT
Will Bernard (indep. artist, guitar) - NYC NY
Maddie Svalgard (voc, Berklee freshman) - Cambridge MA, Hartford CT
Max Svalgard (bass, schoolofrock.com, bass) - Phila & Downington PA
Chris Cali  (keys, Ike willis Project) - Baltimore MD
(And a couple others whose names I missed, help anyone?? The sax player in NYC and the other vocalist in Cambridge.)

THANKS to them all for making it an INSANE ride

-- andre cholmondeley


From André Cholmondeley
2005/06/24

Subject: Tonight - NYC!! "project/object/acoustic" w/ ED MANN...the MUSIC of FRANK ZAPPA

happy mid june to you. just got back from the short don preston tour -- a lot of fun, a lot of freaked-out people were freaked and wild music was made. if you made it, thanks for coming. especially you crazies in Baltimore - wow! THen i had a great week in Jamaica - if you're ever looking for an incredible place to stay check www.silver-sands.com

But then i got back , and a couple days later succumbed to some kinda food poisoning?/stomach flu?/...4 days of insane nausea...dry heaving etc. I'VE NEVER FELT WORSE.... didn't think i would make the gig tonnight, and actually i'm only about 70% sure right now!!! So - here's wishing me well..and hope to see you FRIDAY NIGHT - a RARE appearance of the legendary ED MANN on percussion!!! LIVE in NEW YORK...

Tonight....we perform the MUSIC OF FRANK ZAPPA acoustically - with the great ED MANN on percussion.....
Unplugged Zappa....with acoustic percussion....and project/obejct keys player JORDAN SHAPIRO's newgrass band --also featuring ED MANN.

thanks - andre'


June 24 (Friday) The Knitting Factory - The Tap Room 10 - 11PM   $12/$14
Acoustic Project/Object featuring Ed Mann
74 Leonard St, btw Church and Broadway, New York, NY
http://www.knitmedia.com/

featuring ED MANN(ex-Zappa percussionist '76-'88).
Astrograss w/ mallets!


AND DON'T FORGET TO CHECK OUT "ROCK SCHOOL" THE NEW MOVIE.
FEATURING PROJECT/OBJECT CO-CONSPIRATORS:

Napoleon Murphy Brock
Eric Svalgard
Madi Diaz

Napoleon's message:"

"Hey Guy's,
 
I'm in this movie, and they also play two of my songs from "Balls" in this movie.  It will be in the theatre's next month.  I think on June 3rd.  Keep checking your movie guide.  And look for the picture of the kid with the hair.  SMILEEEEEEEEEEE
 
Yahooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
GOD IS GOOD!!
 
Love you all,
Napoleon"


André - 2005/09/05

Hi. Andre' here with an incredibly informal bulk email. thanks for reading it. For the suffering of the world, the artists can only offer up the fruits of their souls. At least that much, and hopefully more. So we offer these performances, we hope they heal some of the pain going on right now. Or at least provide a positive respite from it all. Hope to see you on the road with PO, but first this tour with Don Preston, I'm very excited as it's always a blast to create new music with Don and to explore the new compositions he always brings along. It's the highest honor to be able to work and learn from one of the true masters of Improvisation and Jazz Composition. See you at a show!! Andre' Contact: Andre' Cholmondeley, projectobject@earthlink.net For digital jpeg, contact: projectobject@earthlink.net Interviews on request FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: DON PRESTON´S "AKASHIC ENSEMBLE" SHOWCASES ORIGINAL MOTHERS OF INVENTION SYNTHESIST WITH SEPTEMBER 2005 NORTHEAST TOUR. Don Preston -Original synth player from Zappa/Mothers Of Invention 1966-1974 -Pioneering Jazz/Electronics/Synthesizer Composer. DON PRESTON AKASHIC ENSEMBLE - SEPTEMBER 2005 TOUR [JAZZ/AMBIENT/EXPERIMENTAL/MUSIQUE CONCRETE+COMPOSED ELECTRONIC MUSIC] Details: www.donpreston.com www.thinkelectronic.com The Original Synthesist from ZAPPA's MOTHERS OF INVENTION is back on the road with his electronic music. He's been doing it for 50 years. Don't miss the show. Don plays analog synths, G3 laptop and sampler. The tour will be highlighted by Don's lectures at BERKLEE and CORNELL, amongst other topics, demonstrating the amazing MOOG VOYAGER. SEPTEMBER 2005 FRI 9 Bethlehem PA - The Funhouse @ 10:00pm SAT 10 Red Bank NJ - Synapse Studios @ 7:30pm SUN 11 New York NY - The Monkey @ 8:00pm TUE 13 Ithaca NY-Cornell University LECTURE @12:15pm @ Clark Hall 701 TUE 13 Trumansburg NY - The Rongovian Embassy @ 8:00pm WED 14 Woodstock NY - The Colony Cafe' @ 8:00pm THU 15 Albany NY -Savannah's w/ ZAPPA ALUMNI -- ED MANN ! @ 9:00pm SAT 17 Montreal, QC, CANADA -Foufounes Electriques @ 9:00pm SUN 18 Burlington VT - Nectar's @8:30pm MON 19 Boston MA - LECTURE -Berklee School Of Music @1:00 to 3:00pm MON 19 Cambridge MA - Zeitgeist Gallery @ 7:00pm TUE 20 Hamden, CT - The Space @10:30pm WED 21 Philadelphia, PA - The Rotunda @8:30pm LOS ANGELES, CA - You probably know Don's pioneering work with Zappa's MOTHERS OF INVENTION, Don was Zappa's ORIGINAL SYNTH PLAYER -('66-'74). Don still lives in Los Angeles, playing solo electronic, jazz quartet and with the GrandeMothers - fellow Zappa alumni. Don's Akashic Ensemble combines ambient moods with sampled vocals, analog tweaks and percussive loops. As one of the first, if not THE first person to perform onstage using synthesizers in a rockband setting, Don Preston's knowledge and skill at live synthesis sprawls over FIVE DECADES. This tour sees him return to live performance once again, on the cutting edge of live electronic music in 2005. Don was there for the dawn of electronic musical performance. He has always played a major role in it's development and popularization, and has used every generation of sound design tools, from his own home made oscillator and filter contraptions in the late 50s, through the first Moog, Buchla and EMS synths, all the way to current software-based synths like Absynth and Reason. He has played just about every form of music, and he is one of the few in his generation that keeps evolving along with the technology. His friendship with synth designer Bob Moog continues to this day, Don being one of the lucky few who played Moog's early prototypes in the mid-60s, giving Bob feedback on his designs. His experience playing with everyone from Elvin Jones and Frank Zappa to Carla Bley, Meredith Monk and The Residents provides Don with a unique perspective on composing with synthesis, musique concrete and sampling. His work on countless soundtracks including 'Apocalypse Now', are even more indicative of his range. Don continues to compose and break new ground on his MiniMoog Voyager, Mac G3 Laptop, EMS synth and even `processed upright bass´. Don continues his work in many musical universes - his recent piano jazz trio CD "Transformation" has been highly acclaimed by NPR and Downbeat magazine, he is completing an orchestral work to be premiered Spring 2006 in Europe. HEAR THE CD: http://cdbaby.com/cd/akashicensemble Don's AKASHIC ENSEMBLE LIVE!!-http://www.doctorcosmo.com/wprb/2004/0402.html R.I.P. ROBERT MOOG 1934-2005http://www.projectobject.com Don Preston Biographical Sketch Born in Flint, Michigan in 1932 into a family of musicians, Preston began studying music at an early age. Don Preston´s father was the composer-in-residence for the Detroit Symphony. At 12 years old Don Preston was thrown out of school for hypnotizing several students and a nun. The nuns used to beat his hands with a big ruler when he made mistakes playing the piano. Because of this weird treatment he began to like strange and dissonant music. Preston later did a stint in the army, serving in Trieste, Italy. Upon his return to Detroit during the early '50s, Don Preston associated with pianist Tommy Flanagan. He also sat in with Elvin Jones and others at the city's West End Cafe where Yusef Lateef conducted twice-a-week jam sessions with Milt Jackson's brother, bassist Ollie Jackson. Don Preston moved to Los Angeles in 1957 where he hooked up with pianist Paul Bley, bassist Charlie Haden, and others who were hearing jazz in new ways. Many will recognize Don Preston from his long collaboration with Frank Zappa as the keyboardist and one of the original members of the Mothers of Invention. Preston performed and recorded with Zappa until 1974. He is a co-founder of the Grandmothers and still active with the band, completing an extensive tour in Summer-Fall 2000. Often compared to Cecil Taylor for his style of attacking the keys with intense passion, Don Preston´s solos also reflect intellect, technical skill and a storyteller's way with a line. Preston´s playing, like his compositions, ranges across panoramas of mood and emotion, all colored with the freedom that comes from possessing remarkable facility. Don Preston has played and recorded with the likes of John Lennon, Peter Erskine and John Carter. Preston has also scored more than 20 feature film scores and 14 plays. Don Preston has received numerous awards, and has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and London Philharmonic. Known to jazz and keyboard aficionados for his pioneering contributions in the use of synthesizers and piano, legendary clarinetist and composer John Carter dubbed Don Preston the "father of modern synthesis." Selected list of artists Don Preston has performed with include: John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Frank Zappa, Lou Rawls, Al Jarreau, Nat King Cole, Billy Daniels, Johnny Ray, Vaughn Monroe, Connie Francis, Herbie Mann, Elvin Jones, Charlie Hayden, Art Davis, Paul Bley, Carla Bley, Joe Beck, Shorty Rogers, Leo Sayer, Charles Lloyd, Nelson Riddle, J.R. Montrose, Flo and Eddie (Howard Kaylan & Mark Volman of The Turtles) Yusef Lateef, Don Ellis, Meredith Monk, Bobby Bradford and Michael Mantler. Visit the Don Preston website.


André - 2005/09/15

hey, Andre' here hang tight -- complete PO tourdates will be up... in a matter of days... it's gonna be a wild tour -lotsa surprises..not only Ike Willis & Napoleon Murphy Brock but also multiple appearances by slide wizard Denny Walley in GA, NC !! But in this email i wanted to publicize a great magazine i have become involved with as a writer -- my 2nd feature appears in this month's issue. "STATE OF MIND" is mostly available in NY state, VT, CT, ME, NH, and growing thru the jamband network like a weed. I really like this paper because, like Relix to a degree, they go waaay beyond modern jambands into classic stuff and current fusion, jazz, rock, bluegrass, pop and avant musics. Check it out -- and we will have some copies available on tour. This month they asked me to do the 'Musicians on Musicians' column and it was a real easy call since I was waist deep in getting set to tour with Don. see ya!!-Andre'..as ever.. STAY TUNED Hey folks!  It´s time to throw fake blood on your loved ones, dress up in animal costumes, put on a kick ass album and let this month's issue of State of Mind take you from Oklahoma to Mars and back! Yes, folks, kick back and read what Wayne Coyne from the Flaming Lips has to say about the religiousness of rock & roll and what´s in store for the Lips in the coming year.   Roll through the pages and you will find out that the bastardos are playing on. Blues Traveler has just released their eighth studio album (¡Bastardos!) and John Popper and Chan Kinchla have a lot to say about it.   Egoless music? That's the approach Lotus is taking, and it´s working. This Philly quintet is on a roll and is even currently overseas sharing their groove with the people of Japan. But don´t worry-they´re coming back, and will be touring throughout the Northeast in October. Our Spirited Life features a wonderful spirit, saxophonist/flautist/vocalist Shannon Lynch of Lynch. Find out why we're all unique in this month´s column and get a little insight into Shannon´s world. Our good friend, the Mother of Reinvention himself, André Cholmondeley shares his thoughts on the genius of keyboardist Don Preston. André is out on tour this month with Preston's band, Akashic Ensemble. They are at Savannah's in Albany, NY this Thursday the 15th, and we'll be enjoying them here at Nectar's on Sunday the 18th.  Visit Don's site for the full tour itinerary.   Mmmm...bacon. Unexplained Bacon! Yes, the New Jersey/New York band are our Kids are Alright this month. 


André - 2005/09/21

hey folks well - all good fun comes to and end.. and tonight we wrap up the Don Preston Fall 2005 tour.... in one of Don's former cities.... PHILADELPHIA!!! it's been a great run... you people have been amazing --wow montreal you rocked...what a city!! NY - get a clue! so, but....AND IT'S DON'S SEVENTY-THIRD (73RD) BIRTHDAY!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY DON!! Wed Sep 21 - TONIGHT!!!! ALL AGES!!! The Rotunda 4014 walnut street Philadelphia, PA 215-573-3234 7:30-Insidious Rays (WITH project/object bassist DAVE JOHNSEN) 8:30-Akashik Ensemble Feat. Don Preston of Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention and Andre Cholmondeley of Project Object!!!! and....not only will tonite feature the full Akashik Trio (w/Cheri Jiosne - electronics/percussion) BUT ALSO - SPECIAL GUESTS TONITE: Philly's own ELLIOTT LEVIN - Sax/flute Rays and Project Object basssist DAVE JOHNSEN will be sitting in with the Akashik TONITE there's a NEW CD FROM THE RAYS!!! --also this news from our road dogs THE INSIDIOUS RAYS..we played a gig with them sunday nite in Burlington VT..and also tonight!! check out their site, and also show up early for select PO shows this fall to check them out: Wed Sep 21 The Rotunda 4014 walnut street Philadelphia, PA 215-573-3234 7:30-Rays 8:30-Akashik Ensemble ALL AGES!!! Opening for the Akashik Ensemble Feat. Don Preston of Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention and Andre Cholmondeley of Project Object!!!! RECORD RELEASE PARTY!!!! Fri Sep 23 The Funhouse 5 East 4th St. Bethlehem, PA 610-868-5311 10 pm $5 21 + Come help celebrate the release of our new album EXOTIC HANDSHAKES!! There will be a Drink Special called the IRays Slammer for $2.50, and some Snacks, some Special Guests, oh yeah and a shit load of ROCK!!!! Sat Sep 24 John & Peters 96 South Main St New Hope, PA + 215-862-5981 9 pm $6 21 ALL RAYS!! ALL NITE!! We're puttin in the long haul at J&P's, Rock Until they make us stop!!! We'll have the freshly released record and the new t-shirts!! SO DON'T MISS THIS WEEKS SHOWS, THEY'LL BE OOZING WITH EXCITEMENT. WE HOPE TO SEE YOU ROCKIN PEOPLES THERE!!! UPCOMING PERFORMANCES: DON PRESTON AKASHIC ENSEMBLE - SEPTEMBER 2005 TOUR ELECTRONIC/JAZZ/AMBIENT/EXPERIMENTAL/MUSIQUE CONCRETE The Original Synthesist from ZAPPA's MOTHERS OF INVENTION is back on the road with his electronic music. He's been doing it for 50 years. Don't miss the show. Don plays Moog Voyager, VCS synth, Mac/G3 laptop and Boss sampler. with Andre' Cholmondeley - synth, samples, vocals, virtual guitar & Cheri Jiosne - electronics, percussion, bit crusher (CJ on 9/10, 9/14, 9/21 only) FRI 9 Bethlehem PA - The Funhouse @ 10:00pm SAT 10 Red Bank NJ - Synapse Studios @ 7:30pm SUN 11 New York NY - The Monkey @ 8:00pm *CANCELLED!!* TUE 13 Ithaca NY-Cornell University LECTURE @12:15pm @ Clark Hall 701 TUE 13 Trumansburg NY - The Rongovian Embassy @ 8:00pm WED 14 Woodstock NY - The Colony Cafe' @ 8:00pm THU 15 Albany NY -Savannah's w/ ZAPPA ALUMNI -- ED MANN ! @ 9:00pm SAT 17 Montreal, QC, CANADA -Foufounes Electriques @ 9:00pm SUN 18 Burlington VT - Nectar's @8:30pm MON 19 Boston MA - LECTURE -Berklee School Of Music @1:00 to 3:00pm MON 19 Cambridge MA - Zeitgeist Gallery @ 7:00pm TUE 20 Hamden, CT - The Space @10:30pm WED 21 Philadelphia, PA - The Rotunda @8:30pm Details-----www.donpreston.com www.thinkelectronic.com Hear the CD ----http://cdbaby.com/cd/akashicensemble Akashic LIVE ----http://www.doctorcosmo.com/wprb/2004/0402.html ZAPPA MUSIC- Project Object/TOUR Oct11-Nov22 http://www.projectobject.com "For the first time ever, everything is in place for the Battle of Armageddon and the Second Coming of Christ." -Ronald Reagan (yes an actual quote on the record)


Here's a message from André, dated 2005/10/29

Complete P/O tourdates below hello again Andre' here of PROJECT/OBJECT, ontour performing the music of Frank Zappa.

...We are headed to richmond in a couple hours. for some reason i'm awake at 7:30 am.... Actually i slept a lot on the 8 hr drive all day friday (rochester>>batimore) . real good show in Baltimore last night - Frank's birthplace. great crowd, they are fantastic people there. we had the blistering Horn Section of Napoleon Murphy Brock, Jimmy Wilson (trumpet, midi-trumpet), and Greg Ridlington (sax). the tour is about halfway thru - hope we get to see you somewhere up the road......Shows have been going well, lotsa fun and CRAZY fans!! Once we got out the week o'rain things have been great. hey - if you haven't check out http://www.projectobject.com - there are all kinds of brand new features, fan-posted jpegs, open/public forum, journals, new design. check it out!! drop us a line. THANKS andre' project/object CRANK SOME FRANK! ZAPPA MUSIC-TOUR Oct09-Nov19 Project Object with IKE WILLIS & NAPOLEON MURPHY BROCK real authentic unofficial actual band members details www.projectobject.com


Here's two messages from André, dated 2005/11/10

Hey Y'all Andre' here.

Yep. We just got back from the south. We love it! FL, NC, GA, VA, MD..what a blast. Amazing people, that southern hospitality....We play tonite in a great new spot - Trumansburg. I was there in sept for the DON PRESTON TOUR, over 100 of you came out and freaked out with us, hope to see you again! Also - the INSIDIOUS RAYS - will rejoin us for another show -tonight in TRUMANSBURG (birth of the moog factory) And now we're ready to get some city-dirt on us -come on out and celebrate FRANK ZAPPA and his music with us.....This Weekend in NYC!!! We have a mere 10 gigs left - winding down this 6-week run. Thanks for all the support so far -- and don't miss these final shows!! Who knows when we'll hit these areas again....See you in the Northeast over the next 10 days!! <?x-tad-bigger>We've had some incredible great guests on this tour, including... ZAPPA ALUMNI - Ike Willis, Napoleon Murphy Brock...Ed Mann..Denny Walley.. and talents like ..Ed Palermo....Carl Restivo....Jon Fadem....Scott (URR).....Greg Ridlington...Jimmy Wilson....Joe Hendel....Eric Slick...Bon Lozaga... and now... The Mighty SEAHAG!! Yes indeed he will be rockin' with us ...at all the remaining gigs except SAT NOV 12...which is IKE WILLIS' 50th Birthday bash!!! don't miss these shows...

CRANK SOME FRANK! Come join Project/Object with special guests IKE WILLIS and NAPOLEON MURPHY BROCK, plus some NYC-type musical surprises...
Opening BOTH nights in NYC ... STRETCH with Dave LaRue (bass, from DIXIE DREGS & STEVE MORSE BAND) and Glenn Alexander (guitar, solo artist, also from THE COALITION, Arnie Lawrence, Conan O'Brien show etc 

- - - -

Hey people. here is the nice version of the info. See you at a show. T SHIRTS are only $15 - you get the EMPLOYEE DISCOUNT!! Just like with GM.

Oh my god --.. somehow i missed listing a VERY special guest that played a couple shows with us and will sit in at NYC fri nov 11 -- JORDAN SHAPIRO...!! yes - longtime PO keyboardist J-Ro jumped in on some mando and keys early in the tour and will do so again friday. check out his otherworld at www.astrograssmusic.com.... (also -- how could i forget ANDREW WALLEY - Denny's grandson who sat in on Bass -- Asheville NC, you killed it Andrew!! the next generation of Walleys...)

There are only two weeks left of the Project/Object tour. The band will play a long overdue return to the Ithaca area on Thursday Nov. 10. This Friday and Saturday Nov. 11 and 12 the band will perform for the first time at the very intimate CODA on 34th and Madison in Manhattan. Sunday the band will appear at Tammany Hall in Worcester, MA. Please check the website for more details at www.projectobject.com

Thank you for supporting Project/Object! 


well well well. where does the TIME go.... incredibly... 6 WEEKS have just blown by, time spent on a stage, daily with a blur of stuff in between involving travel, sleep and food. What a blast this tour has been... some amazing people came out to the shows... incredible new friends and fellow Zappa wackos... some great opening bands and guests. If you're in the NY-NJ-PA area - don't miss these finale shows...

Project Object with IKE WILLIS & NAPOLEON MURPHY BROCK real authentic unofficial actual band members details www.projectobject.com
with sp. guest openers: STRETCH  feat. Dave LaRue (bass, DIXIE DREGS, Steve Morse Band, Pat Travers) & Glenn Alexander (gtr, THE COALITION, Arnie Lawrence, Conan O'Brien show (sub), THE CONNECTION & Steve Loecher (drums, JIMMY THACKERY)

Folks, please come early and see these guys. They are outstanding musicians, doing original genre-busting music and a couple cool covers, as well as great people. I used to spend every Wed night from age 19-23 checking them (Dave & Glenn) out live in New Brunswick NJ and it was a major, major mind-blowing & inspiring musical force then as they are now. Don't miss 'em!! For background and some music - check out http://www.glennalexander.com and http://www.davelarue.com 

TONIGHT!! THU NOV 17 
Special Guest GREGG BENDIAN (Greg Bendian Trio, Mahavishnu Project) drums on a few tunes!
 Mexicali Blues 1409 Queen Anne Road, Teaneck, NJ 07666
 great Mexican food !! Doors: 6pm 830pm
 STRETCH feat. Dave LaRue, Glenn Alexander, Steve Loecher 930pm project/object 18+ to enter Tickets $20 (for STRETCH plus 2 great P/O sets!!)

 FRI NOV 18 
World Cafe Live PROJECT OBJECT & STRETCH Doors: 6pm Show Starts: 7:30 3025 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 215-222-1400 All Ages $20 adv - $25 dos tour closer - NO OPENER SAT 19 PLAINS, PA - RIVER ST JAZZ CAFE' (also --ON SAT NOV 19TH - Dave LaRue will conduct a BASS/THEORY WORKSHOP at the School Of Rock DOWNINGTOWN location. It is open to the public @ 5:00pm, costs a mere $10, and will feature Dave performing some pieces solo, discussing some of the music, demonstrating techniques, and finally performing with SOR kids) It will be followed by a SOR open mic. Dave is the bass player in STRETCH (above) as well as with the Steve Morse band and the Dixie Dregs. When off the road -he teaches in FL, and does various recording and production work. A longtime Bass Player columnist, he has since joined their Advisory Board. Interested?? Click over to: http://www.schoolofrock.com/downingtown/
Paul Green School of Rock Music Downingtown 
478 Acorn Lane Downingtown, PA 19335 PHONE:610-518-ROCK EMAIL: therockschool@comcast.net


from André Cholmondeley - 2007 01 05

Project/Object On Tour Now

hello hope to see you at a show..... we are on the road in.. ohio right now..

cleveland ROCKED see you in chicago tonite.... and elsewhere also--

we will be at the rock n roll hall of fame on FEB 14 -- more details later...

Adrian Belew will be there a couple days before us...

SPECIAL GUEST -- ED MANN -- for tour closer - 13-Jan Sat Revolution Hall Troy, NY
Ed Mann (Percussion) is the longest running Zappa-band member -- 1976-1988

ON TOUR with PROJECT/OBJECT Dec28 2006-Jan13 2007 The Music of Frank Zappa with 10-year Zappa Vocalist IKE WILLIS http://www.projectobject.com

ALL DATES WITH ZAPPA VOCALIST IKE WILLIS


2007 09 08
Glass Onyon PR

Project/Object With Napoleon Murphy Brock Performing The Music of Frank Zappa Announces Fall Tour 2007

Hot Off 2006 ZPZ Tour Legendary Zappa Frontman Napoleon Murphy Brock Prepares to Amaze Audiences Once Again

2007/09/08 (New York, NY) Project/Object, the acclaimed and internationally known Frank Zappa repertoire band, is back with its "Fall Surge for Zappa Music" tour, October 10 thru 24, 2007. With former Zappa vocalist/saxophonist Napoleon Murphy Brock as the focal point of this particular installment of Project/Object, longtime fans can expect a unique and fresh lineup from the seasoned touring band - highlighting not only material from Brock's albums and tours with Zappa that started in 1974 - but also many tracks people have not heard him sing before. Napoleon's soulful vocals, and "exotic dancing" as Frank used to call it -- will help make Project/Object's fall tour a phenomenon. Brock is fresh off his lengthy stint as lead vocalist for Dweezil Zappa's ZPZ tour, and with Project/Object he just played the highlight set to record attendance at the annual Zappanale festival in Germany in August 2007.

Project/Object has reached a whole new generation of critical music fans, helping to promote, publicize and keep the spirit of Frank Zappa's music alive through their concerts. Best of all, the band has played with well over a dozen of Zappa's most important alumni in at least 28 states, as well as Canada and Germany. Project/Object continually seeks to celebrate this successful insurgency into the minds of so many brand new young fans, as well as seasoned Zappa listeners.

Featuring!!!

Project/Object formed in the early '90s in New Jersey. After building a fan base in the tri-state area, Project/Object decided to take their show on the road, performing Zappa's music in more cities and larger venues, with a growing set list from every era of Zappa's 30-year recording career. The band strives to stay true to Frank's vision of constantly challenging the musicians and the audiences.

Since 1998, when the band first took their act on the road, the following Zappa/Mothers alumni have performed with the band: Napoleon Murphy Brock, Ike Willis, Jimmy Carl Black, Ray White, Don Preston, Bunk Gardner, Denny Walley, Mike Keneally, Arthur Barrow, Ed Mann, Roy Estrada, Billy Mundi and even Al Malkin. Other notable artists they've collaborated with include Phish's Jon Fishman, Capt. Beefheart/Jeff Buckley guitarist Gary Lucas, Chuck Garvey, Al Schnier and Jim Loughlin of moe, New York City big band leader and "Zappologist" Ed Palermo, and Dweezil Zappa drummer Jerry Cucurullo.

Frank Zappa was extremely influential to many musicians and bands, from The Beatles, Todd Rundgren, Alice Cooper and Yes to many 'jam bands', including Phish, moe and Umphrey's McGee. While many jam band fans are aware that Frank Zappa was influential, they are largely unfamiliar with his music. Of those who are familiar, many were too young to have seen him in concert. Project/Object, with the inclusion of former Zappa frontman Napoleon Murphy Brock, is the closest they will get to the live Zappa experience, and the band has been enjoying increasing support from this growing scene.

For more information, please visit www.projectobject.com (the music of Frank Zappa live!)

Confirmed Tour Dates:

Project/Object With Napoleon Murphy Brock 
Performing The Music of Frank Zappa

October 2007


2008 02 28

Hey all

Some quick NEWS from the People who brought you ..PROJECT/OBJECT..!

First off -- we hope to hit the road sometime later this year -- stay tuned!!! We're all doing the other stuff..but we will eventually heed the call of Zappa music and come rock you....

ADRIAN BELEW news:

I'm On the eve of a fantastic tour with the legendary ADRIAN BELEW, just wanted to make sure you knew about these dates.......
I will be tour-managing and doing some tech-work for Adrian, come on out and say hi! His band is amazing-- and includes my brother from Project/Object ERIC SLICK..and his sister JULIE SLICK. Run to Ade's site to hear sample of the new cd SIDE FOUR LIVE , and you can oder one there. Or check youtube for "belew power trio" and get some highlights. ALL TOURDATES BELOW

PS: there's a great , 5min autobiographical video called "Life In A Nutshell " , here: www.adrianbelew.net

DELICIOUS news:

Eric and I also play in a great band called Delicious, we just did a short tour in the tri-state area...we will return in a couple months so look out. here is a rough little video clip:  DELICIOUS/BLACK LODGE , PHILA PA, FRI 25 JAN 2008

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyupQfm0Ib8 (turn the sound down on the youtube player to clean it up)

ALSO:  free unedited download of the entire NYC show....warts and all: http://www.bigupload.com/code.php?code=QU7N4C25IC

SEAHAG/WRONG news:

ALSO-- for those of you in the Albany area... ,my Project/Object guitar-brother and fellow Aquarian ROBBIE "SEAHAG" MANGANO will be annihilating your town this coming satudry--with his band Wrong - don't miss it!!! Check their site for other dates...........

WRONG with Vomlette 
at RED SQUARE (388 Broadway, Albany, NY)
Saturday Feb 16th, 2008

WRONG!... is:

http://www.myspace.com/wrong

http://www.myspace.com/vomlette

Thank You,

Andre'

www.adrianbelew.net


From andré cholmondeley
2008 11 21

Project/Object --Tonight CANCELLED in Boston!!

TONIGHT, is CANCELLED!!  -  -BILL's BAR, Boston MA  -  21 Nov 2008

 

Hello Folks

sorry to announce this -- you may have seen it on various websites by now.

Adelaide Gail Zappa is at it again - her usual, yearly waste of legal fees, to scare clubs into backing out of shows with many groups, including ours. I am proud to say -- that in 12 years or more - she has ONLY succeeded in getting THREE gigs cancelled, out of 100s, maybe over 1000 shows.....

So-- TONIGHT, is CANCELLED!!

BILL's BAR, Boston MA
21 Nov 2008

Sorry about the inconvenience........

Please post this anywhere and email to anyone you'd like:
We strongly support you adding comments to our myspace www.myspace.com/projectobject

We strongly support you adding comments to the forum at www.zappa.com

We strongly support you adding comments to the forum at www.killuglyradio.com

"Due to Adelaide Gail Zappa and her incessant, worldwide legal attacks on fans honoring Frank Zappa's music, and attempts to negate his request (according to the Zappa hotline, Dec 1993) to "Play My Music", the Project/Object show for Fri 21 Nov 2008, at Bill's Bar in Boston, has been cancelled.

Stand by for further details on the threatening letters. All other shows, have proceeded fantastically or are proceeding as planned, since what we do is 100% legal under US law. It's sad that lawyers are being enriched every year by this useless letter-writing campaign (all clubs also get threat letters).

FYI - The band Ugly Radio Rebellion, who you'll remember was under attack for Dec. 2007 shows, just had to cancel all their Nov 2008 shows due to a couple of clubs' unfounded fears of Adelaide Gail Zappa suing them. Bogus Pomp in Florida also recently was attacked for celebrating this music. Artists in Germany also continue to be attacked. Other artists worldwide performing shows, or legally releasing recordings of Zappa music are regularly attacked.

What a waste of good money that could be used to release more Zappa music......

We are not breaking any laws and we will continue to perform Frank Zappa music for you. And maybe even a little of the music of Mozart, Stravinsky, Gustav Holst, The Seeds ('Pushing Too Hard' used in 'Sy Borg'), Yes (1984 'Bamboozled' solo section), The Beatles (medley played on 1988 Zappa tour), Richard Berry (Frank quoted "Louie Louie" DOZENS of times), Herbie Hancock (riffs quoted in 'Greggery Peccary'), Culture Club ('I'll tumble for ya'), The Doors ('The End', 'Light My Fire')..and on and on and on....

I am conducting research into where and when Frank Zappa got permission to perform, record or parodize ALL of these and many, many other various artists' music. Of course sometimes he sought permission, and when RECORDED and RELEASED, he certainly paid mechanical royalties. But certainly many times he didn't.

For a guy who has a LARGE part of his art based on USING THE MATERIAL OF OTHERS, his estate is strangely, hypocritically opposed to any one else doing the same!

Thank you

Andre Cholmondeley
Project/Object"

Thank You,

André Cholmondeley
Guitar - Project/Object, Delicious, Don Preston's Akashic
Tour Manager/Tech/Promotions
Adrian Belew Power Trio
guitartour@earthlink.net
www.adrianbelew.net

PROJECT/OBJECT  featuring IKE WILLIS & ED MANN
the music of Frank Zappa
NOVEMBER 2008 - EAST COAST USA

*the Actual music...with the Actual Alumni*

ADRIAN BELEW POWER TRIO
DEC 2008 - AUSTRALIA

 

 

ADRIAN BELEW POWER TRIO

APRIL 2009 - Midwest USA

www.adrianbelew.net

Read BelewBlog, Get BelewMusic, Check Belewdates, See BelewNews.

 

"You want to see the actual people who recorded your favorite Zappa and Mothers albums? Performing all eras of Zappa? Come to us. We'll take care of you"

-Project/Object


2009 01 26

Volunteer Roadies - Project/Object Tour

Hey

Andre' here, recovering a little from the sleep deprivation , last night was the world premiere of Eddie Jobson's new band UKZ..it was amazing, and we hope to get him onstage again before too long.

Right now -- I would like to commence the P/O roadie plan, it's been a tradition from way back on early tours.

Please write back if you  are:

you'll of course get into the show for free, plus one-- give me the name.

OK - let us know.

 

Write back with DATE, DAY of the show
send me your Cell phone
send me your work num,.if appliccable,,,,

thanks!!

ON TOUR SOON!

PROJECT/OBJECT - the music of Frank Zappa

featuring IKE WILLIS, ED MANN & DON PRESTON

 

JANUARY 2009

FEBRUARY 2009

 

FRANK ZAPPA........
The Actual Music, Live...featuring the Actual Alumni

AUTHENTICALLY UNOFFICIAL!! OFFICIALLY INAUTHENTIC!!

IKE WILLIS - GUITAR, VOCALS
Zappa Tours and Albums 1978-1988

DON PRESTON - SYNTH, KEYS, VOCALS
Mothers Of Invention & Zappa Tours and Albums 1966-1974

ED MANN - PERCUSSION, ELECTRONICS
Zappa Tours and Albums 1976-1988

IKE, DON, ED - On Historic Tour Together for the Very First Time!!!


project / object 2009 02 07

Hello.....

having a blast on the current Project/Object tour..thanks for being part of it.... it's been insane....Just TWO dates left-- see you in Buffalo or ...>WILMINGTON DEL!!

PROJECT/OBJECT - the music of Frank Zappa
featuring IKE WILLIS, ED MANN & DON PRESTON

 

FEBRUARY 2009

SAT 7   Buffalo NY  The Tralf  $20/$23

SUN 8   Wilmington DE The Garage At School Of Rock - 484 Century Blvd (next to Wal Mart)

FRANK ZAPPA........
The Actual Music, Live...featuring the Actual Alumni

AUTHENTICALLY UNOFFICIAL!! OFFICIALLY INAUTHENTIC!!

IKE WILLIS - GUITAR, VOCALS
Zappa Tours and Albums 1978-1988

DON PRESTON - SYNTH, KEYS, VOCALS
Mothers Of Invention & Zappa Tours and Albums 1966-1974

ED MANN - PERCUSSION, ELECTRONICS
Zappa Tours and Albums 1976-1988

IKE, DON, ED - On Historic Tour Together for the Very First Time!!!


2009 02 17

hello....Andre' here from PROJECT/OBJECT

First ----THANKS FOR COMING OUT & SUPPORTING LIVE ZAPPA MUSIC!!!
See you all next time --

PROJECT/OBJECT - the music of Frank Zappa
The Actual Music, Live...featuring Actual Alumni:
IKE WILLIS, ED MANN & DON PRESTON - On Historic Tour Together for the Very First Time!!!
JANUARY 29 2009 -FEBRUARY 8 2009
AUTHENTICALLY UNOFFICIAL!! OFFICIALLY INAUTHENTIC!!

SECOND, I wanted to make sure you knew about this great tour getting under way tonight -- with my dear friend (and recent GRAMMY WINNER!!) .......... NAPOLEON MURPHY BROCK!!

Napoleon, many of you have seen on tour with Project/Object, or even the band he toured with AFTER several Project/Object tours - "ZPZ" -  will be doing a series of ZAPPA MUSIC shows with the Paul Green School Of Rock -- all details are below and on the PGSOR webpages. Here's the word directly from Paul....please fwd this to ANYONE in the area with kids/teens/young musicians...or music fans in general!!

 

Hello Friends of The School of Rock

Beginning this Saturday we are going back to our roots and bringing back Mr Napoleon Murphy Brock...the ORIGINAL GUEST PROFESSOR.

We have had plenty of wonderful artists come in since we kicked off the Guest Professor series way back in 2004, but none have done a better job with the kids. Napi is a endless fountain of music, love, and enthusiasm, and his wide smile spreads quickly among the kids.

So...please come see this show. Its awesome. And if you don't mind, feel free to forward this along to your lists. The shows will be great, and if people are actually there to see them then they will be awesome.

I have put the ad below, but if it doesnt show up you can check out the dates here:

http://www.schoolofrock.com/allstars.php

Thanks!

PG


2009 07 01

Subject: Project Object w/ Ike Willis, Don Preston.....ON TOUR July 1 thru 9 2009!!!

HEY EVERYONE

hope all is well...just a heads up that "Project/Object - The Music Of Frank Zappa" hits the road in a couple hrs on a short tour...(dates below)

We are honored to be on tour with the legendary Zappa band members IKE WILLIS & DON PRESTON...

between them--- they have played on a couple dozen Zappa albums!!! Come on out and celebrate with them. We'll be ddoing a few songs with our old buddy RAY WHITE from Zappa's band --on july 4 only. Ray toured & recorded with Zappa from late 70s thru 1984.

Next month Ike and I celebrate meeting 25 years ago on Zappa tour...wow!!
We will also all be on tour in EUrope  next month -- Ike & Don's first tour there together....ever!!

I also want to give a heads up that David Fiuczynski needs your vote!! Here's Dave's message. He's a good friend and musical compatriot, and I do some booking for him in east coast USA....some of you may have seen Dave play with Project/Object in NYC or Boston....

    "..Furthermore I'm pleased to announce that I have been nominated for Best Jazz Act in the 2009 WFNX/Boston Phoenix Best Music Poll.  The balloting is open online, and I sure would appreciate your vote. Check it out here:  http://thephoenix.com/BMP/Boston/vote/JazzAct/     or go to :  http://thephoenix.com/BMP/Boston/Vote/Default.aspx  and look for me under local or boston jazz act.

    as always, thank you so much for your support!! I really appreciate it.

    thanx so much

    Fuze.."

So check that out hear some of Fuze's music at www.torsos.com and go vote for him!!! He's about to tour again with the great Jack DeJohnette

We hope to see you on tour this week!! Project/Object dates listed below.

Then - a quick run TM for Adrian Belew (July 17-24) . Dates at www.adrianbelew.net

 

PROJECT/OBJECT - the music of Frank Zappa  - featuring IKE WILLIS  & DON PRESTON

RAY WHITE will also perform on JULY 4 only

JULY 2009 USA

 

ADRIAN BELEW POWER TRIO TOUR & new album!!!!
JULY-AUGUST 2009 USA dates at www.adrianbelew.net
coming soon on this email list!

PROJECT/OBJECT - the music of Frank Zappa  - featuring IKE WILLIS  & DON PRESTON

AUGUST 2009 EUROPE

The Actual Music of FRANK ZAPPA....Live
Featuring the Actual Alumni from his bands....

AUTHENTICALLY UNOFFICIAL!! 
OFFICIALLY INAUTHENTIC!!

IKE WILLIS - GUITAR, VOCALS
Zappa Tours and Albums 1978-1988

DON PRESTON - SYNTH, KEYS, VOCALS
Mothers Of Invention & Zappa Tours and Albums 1966-1974

IKE & DON- On Historic European Tour Together for the Very First Time!!!

"You want to see the actual people who recorded your favorite Zappa and Mothers albums? Performing all eras of Zappa? Come to us. We'll take care of you"

Project/Object


2009 09 15

A BENEFIT FOR CHERI JIOSNE - SEP 27 - SULLIVAN HALL NYC

Hello folks

Hoping this message finds you well.

While there have been real high points and really great moments --It's been a very hard year for me and my loved ones, most of you know about the tragic & sudden loss of my mom in July, 10 weeks ago today. Many of you also know that day arrived against a backdrop of very tough times -- my other half and love of my life Cheri Jiosne has been fighting breast cancer for almost a year now.

She is doing as well as one can, in fact better I think - she looks great, feels great and is several months into an intense program combining various schools of herbalism, holistic methods, Qi gong, Acupuncture and diet with a low dose Alternative Chemo program called IPT.

It's ironic (or not) that the current national debate has been about health care -- we too are amongst the millions of Americans without health care insurance. The small amount she had at one of her jobs ran out -- and we are dealing with this out of pocket. We are looking at creative ways to keep paying the bills, and one idea was to do a benefit in NYC.

So the first one will be:

Sun Sept 27 2009
Sullivan Hall
214 Sullivan St NYC

THE MUSIC OF FRANK ZAPPA.
7pm doors 8pm show
$15adv $20dos.
18 + 
Under 18 w/parent

The acts onstage will be :

PROJECT/OBJECT ACOUSTIC
(with Andre Cholmondeley, Dave Johnsen, Robbie Mangano, Jordan Shapiro, Eric Slick and SPECIAL GUESTS including Candi Jiosne)

and 

THE SCHOOL OF ROCK ALLSTARS
(performing the best of Zappa with a full electric band!!)

I feel this is extra appropriate since Project/Object once raised over 10,000 for prostate cancer research, when we sold out Irving Plaza - one of the greatest venues around - on Halloween 2001. The connectedness of Good Karma is also in play -- as the Irving Plaza show was co-produced with NYC rock radio station Q-104.3. At the time, the GM of the station was a huge Zappa fan -  Matt Ross, who got behind the show in a massive way.

As a result of doing the Irving Plaza show, Matt became and still is a close friend of the band --and subsequently he met Paul Green, they began to work on ideas together and now Matt is the CEO of School Of Rock. Everyone in Project/Object has been connected to Rock School in one way or another -- we have all taught, run rehearsals, or attended there. It's all connected.

For those who would like to help -- but cannot come to New York:

-- we have a pay pal account as well as a PO Box you can send a donation check/money order to. Here are other options:

You can go to paypal.com and make payments to projectobject@earthlink.net .

You can send a check or money order written to CHERYL JIOSNE to:

Cheri Jiosne Cancer Fund
PO BOX 16672
Asheville NC
28801

Thanks! No amount is too small.....Stand by for further info and please forward this to anyone you think would be interested.

Thanks so much for all your support, in so many ways through the years. She is a fighter and we will make it thru this difficult time, with victory over this!

André Cholmondeley
Project/Object etc

TOUR MANAGER/TECH:
Adrian Belew Power Trio
adrianbelew.net

GUITAR:
Project/Object, Delicious
projectobject.com
satansjamband.com
twitter.com/projectobject
twitter.com/guitartour

ADRIAN BELEW POWER TRIO FALL TOUR
My day job -- sorely needed in this economy...and with no health care....ouch.!!
October -- we will hit the west coast -- stay tuned fro an email soon with dates. Hope to see you then.
adrianbelew.net

-- andre' cholmondeley


2009 12 26 - The Music Of FRANK ZAPPA..and more .... Project/Object Tour with... Ike Willis and Ray White !!!

Project/Object with special guests... Ike Willis and Ray White !!!
The Music Of FRANK ZAPPA..and more

IKE and RAY's FIRST TOUR TOGETHER IN OVER 25 YEARS!!!
Featuring: Ike Willis, Ray White, Andre' Cholmondeley, David Johnsen, Eric Svalgard, Jim Ruffi
WINTER TOURDATES BELOW !!

Hello and how are you?!?

Hoping you had a great Christmas, Chanukah, Solstice, Kwaanza, Pagan Sun Worship day -- or Atheistic hangout movie night!! Whatever you did or are doing, it's all good.

We are putting the finishing touches on what promises to be a historic and fantastic run with the two and only IKE WILLIS & RAY WHITE ....!!

Ike and Ray, as you know - remain two of Frank Zappa's most beloved and listened-to frontmen/vocalist/guitarists. Between them they appear on over 25 of Zappa's releases from 1978 onwards.

Ike and Ray have not toured together in over TWENTY FIVE (25) YEARS !!!.

The 1984 tour ended on Dec 23, 1984, Universal  Ampitheater, Universal City. Since then, as you well know, Ike Willis has toured with Project/Object for nearly 15 years, and in that time Ray White has performed with us a handful of times in San Francisco and at Festivals around the country. Those occasions remain the only times these legendary performers have shared the stage since Zappa Tour 1984.....

Now... we bring you an opportunity to see them on an exclusive New Year's/Holiday tour with Project/Object.

This tour also marks the return of an old friend and Project/Object Alumnus - Drummer Jim Ruffi. Jim did a few short runs with Ike and the band back in 1999, and he and I have been involved in several live and studio projects, including recordings with Ike Willis and unsung genius songwriter Chris McKenna. Really folks, check this man's wonderful music out.... I already know you have great taste in music !!!  http://www.myspace.com/chrismckennamusic

Anyway.......Jim Ruffi ably steps into the drumchair as a result of Eric Slick's leave of abscence. Come check him out !!

As always, the setlist will feature some old P/O favorites, some new items from the vast Zappa catalog, and, but, especially material that Ike and Ray are known for separately and together. Just hearing these voices together in harmony is a thing of wonder. Take a look on youtube at the clips of the famous NYC Pier, August 1984 show, immortalized on the  "Does Humor Belong In Music" DVD to get an idea of the dynamic these guys whip up. We hope to see you there, say hi!!!

 

ALSO-- as always we have our "Project/Object Local Crew Program" in effect. Many of you know what this is and have kindly participated -- For those new to the idea -- what we do is solicit volunteers from our fan base to be "roadie for a day" and help the band in/out of the club, assist with setup etc. In exchange the "roadie" gets a free ticket to the show, a beverage or two, access to soundcheck, pictures with the alumni, and autographs from Ike and Ray on their raggedy LP covers dug up from their basement.

We still need to fill in a couple cities on this tour -- especially the new ones. If you are interested in this venture ---please email me for further details and make the subject line "P/O LOCAL CREW <city of the gig> ".

Please don't write back with the actual words <city of the gig> in there. That will, sadly, be a failed cognition test, and we need you to be able to follow simple instructions. Being a musician -or- having a knowledge of musical equipment, and a willingness to schlep gear are all you need to qualify !

 

ALSO -- thanks again for all the well wishes and support. My partner Cheri Jiosne is still valiantly fighting her battle against breast cancer. After 6 months of a chemo program, she reached a plateau. For about 6 weeks now she has been on a very promising program specially geared towards her type of tumor. So far -- so good -- and we are staying upbeat and positive every day. Still -- even though some kind of beginning of a change in the US health system began yesterday with the Health Bill being passed - that won't help us financially anytime soon. I will be donated all my proceeds from this tour -as well as the profits from T-Shirt sales -  to her cause. 

I continue to reach out to anyone that wants to help - (THANK YOU!!!)

There is info on www.projectobject.com, scroll down to the "THANK YOU" blog post, or you can just email me.

We have TWO options:
1) sending her a check directly (email me for address or check the site)
2) donating directly via PAYPAL : send it to the address "projectobject@earthlink.net". Note: my first name "Hugh (Cholmondeley)" will return in the confirmation email.

Every penny counts!! Even $5 will go to very good use for medications, travel to treatment etc. This sh*t is expensive!!

 

NOW...LET's CRANK SOME FRANK !!

SEE YOU ALL ON THE ROAD!!!!!!

-Andre' Cholmondeley

 

Project/Object with special guests... Ike Willis and Ray White !!!
The Music Of FRANK ZAPPA..and more

IKE and RAY's FIRST TOUR TOGETHER IN OVER 25 YEARS!!!
Ike Willis, Ray White, Andre' Cholmondeley, David Johnsen, Eric Svalgard, Jim Ruffi

DECEMBER 2009

JANUARY 2010

And check out the new and ever-evolving website: www.projectobject.com


 


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