Zappa plays for Bach - Hamburg, St. Katharinen
The program is based on Frank Zappa’s motto "Jazz is not dead, it just smells funny".
In his work, the great musical transformer and composer Frank Zappa also used the jazz principles of free improvisation and subtle harmony. He especially appreciated the US pianist Thelonious Monk (1917-1982), whose very own style will be heard in St. Katharinen. Interpreted by a jazz trio of the younger generation from Hamburg: Matthäus Winnitzki (piano), John Hughes (bass), Björn Lücker (drums). Works by Zappa, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) and Friedemann "Fried" Dähn (* 1958) u.a. will be presented too. In addition to two Zappa alumni from the USA and Germany and the drummer of the Grandmothers Hamburg's most innovative jazz musician and promoter will play in the evening and testify that jazz can be very lively.
Fried Dähn, born in 1958, a German cellist and composer, Professor of "Music and Sound" at the Schwäbisch Hall University of Applied Sciences, was a member of the legendary Ensemble Modern in Frankfurt, which premiered Frank Zappa’s orchestral work “The Yellow Shark” at the Frankfurt Opera in 1992 after rehearsing it in LA. He also collaborated with jazz saxophonist Ornette Coleman and contemporary composer Karlheinz Stockhausen. Dähn developed an electro-cello in the nineties and, after working as a solo cellist of the Württembergische Philharmonie in Reutlingen, designed various innovative music formats. In a kind of "Ensemble Modern St. Katharinen", supported by the light artist Laurenz Theinert, born in 1963, studying in Stuttgart and Leicester, GB, Fried will enchant St. Katharinen after dark with musically controlled light sources: "Visual Piano".
Gabriel Coburger, born in 1967, born near Hamburg, is a German musician of "Creative Jazz" as it is called on Wikipedia. He started with traditional jazz with the "Blackbirds of Paradise", played in the Bundesjazzorchester and got his further education in New York, where later on he passed the hardness test for every jazz musician as a freelance musician four years. He played with the jazz giants Lionel Hampton, Al Jarrau and Clark Terry in the renowned NDR Big Band and became involved in Hamburg as a promoter of modern jazz. His concert series "Fat Jazz Urban Exchange", first in Hamburg's Golem Club then at the club " Übel & Gefährlich" / Heiliggeistbunker and just recently moved to the Yoko Club, he presents nationwide important jazz musicians and especially young bands every Wednesday night. He toured as an ambassador of good jazz from the Hanseatic city on almost every continent and can be heard on albums of the late singer Roger Cicero or the jazz singer Ulita Knaus. Together with the church musician Claus Bantzer he played Hamburg's churches - including St. Katharinen - with a special solo program.
The Zappa Alumni: Napoleon Murphy Brock, ageless, Grammy Award-winning saxophonist, flutist and singer, and since 2008 a member of the St. Katharinen Zappa musicians family. He toured with the "Mothers of Invention" in Frank Zappa's most important band of the seventies. The master wrote some songs for and with Napoleon. Today, he passes on his knowledge as a kind of "Professor of Zappalogy" to the next generation in various universities.
Christopher "Chris" Garcia, born 1957 in East Los Angeles, California, plays countless percussion instruments and is a composer in many musical ethnological environments such as his family home Mexico. In more than a thousand concerts on the 5 continents he has made a living as a world musician. He has drummed for the "Grandmothers of Invention" as well as for the classical conductors Kristjan Järvi or various chamber music ensembles.