Patrice „Candy” Zappa-Porter (US)

Patrice is back again ... "Candy's" last visit to Zappa-Town was at Zappanale #27 and she was a "Special Guest" of the legendary Zappanale #13 where she helped to unveil the Zappa statue.

For the anniversary, Frank Zappa's "little" sister "Candy" - as she was called by her brother Carl because he thought her so cute – will be back with her husband Nolan Porter.

At the age of 13, she performed at the Pit together with her brother Frank and Ray Collins. The Pit was a restaurant her father acquired about 1962 or 1963. It was on Foothill Boulevard, Upland, California. Later she performed the music of her brother Frank a.o. with Nigey Lennon, with Project / Object and the Ed Palermo Big Band. And it's together again with Ed Palermo that we'll see her on the Zappanale stage this year.

Patrice will bring along her new book "My Brother What A Mother - Take 3", which she will present on Thursday at the Kamp Theatre.

In 2003 she published the first part of the book. The second part was published in early 2017.

In 2011, Candy released the album "To Be Perfectly Frank", which contains both Zappa compositions, as well as various audio comments. She wrote the foreword to the anniversary book for the 25-year anniversary of the "Zappanale" festival.


Napoleon Murphy Brock (US)

Last year, Napoleon visited the Zappanale only peripherally and some may have asked: Why does he not join in? His visit last year was very spontaneous ... this year things are a little different: He's back !!!

Napoleon is one of the special guest of the shows of the Ed Palermo Bigband - and with exactly this band we will see him on stage at Zappanale #30.

On August 8, 1973, Frank Zappa was made aware by his road manager Marty Perellis that an incredible band with an outstanding lead vocalist was performing in town and that it would certainly be good if he would come and see it himself. When Zappa came to the club and watched the show, he saw a young talented guy sing, dance, play the saxophone, flute and keyboard, in a way that expressed that he had more fun than anyone else in the club.

After two hours of watching and listening to the young man and his highly disciplined band, he introduced himself as Frank Zappa, and the young man introduced himself as Napoleon Murphy Brock. The next words from Zappa's mouth were, "You're my new lead singer."

This singer and saxophonist is still closely associated with Frank Zappa's music, in particular because of the incredibly diverse compositions that Zappa has composed to accommodate the wide range of vocal talents and stage presence that NMB possesses. He is the only member of the latest formation of the Mothers of Invention, working with Zappa on four compositions:


In the first decade of the new century, he starred in shows on the first Zappa Plays Zappa Tour with Dweezil Zappa, in which Steve Vai (guitar) and Terry Bozzio (drums) also guested.

In 2009, both Napoleon and Steve Vai each won a Grammy for their performances of the title "Peaches En Regalia", which first appeared on Zappa's album "Hot Rats" in 1969.

In recent years, Napoleon Murphy Brock toured with the Grandmothers Of Invention and he toured with many acclaimed Zappa tribute bands. He was even chosen to be the lead vocalist, front man and dance choreographer for the George Duke Funk / Jazz Ensemble - which included the world-famous Latin percussionist Sheila E - with whom he also toured and recorded eight successful albums.

Currently Napoleon is performing on his own, but still he tours and performs to let the brilliance of Frank Zappa's music of the 70s live on, in which he was directly involved. He calls it: Total Music Theater.

It can be considered as an honour that some of the ZFT's recent releases are focused on his involvement: FZ/OZ, JOE'S CAMOUFLAGE - a tour-rehearsal CD featuring Napoleon on keyboards and alto sax - as well the video release, now in digital form, of A TOKEN OF MY EXTREME, and finally ROXY BY PROXY.


The HeadShakers (FR)

Based on 6 years of experience during which they have produced 2 EPs and an album (eponymous/autoproduction 2014) and taken part in the biggest jazz festivals throughout France (Jazz à Vienne, Jazz sous les Pommiers, TourcoingJazz), THE HEADSHAKERS are now rising up to a new challenge: to breathe life back into the great Frank Zappa’s gigantic masterpiece. They tackle the maestro’s masterpiece with an « accomplished groove spirit » through a new show in which the musicians render the explosive atmosphere of the 70s scene whilst respecting the creator of Mother’s of invention’s rigour and derision.

« Paying a tribute to Frank Zappa is not a conventionnal exercise and no easy feat. This musician considered one of the greatest music geniuses of the 20th century by many music lovers, who passed away in December 1993 in his early forties, was an absolutely unclassifiable artist. Those who dare to touch his masterpiece are faced with two challenges, two unfaithfulnesses thus have to be avoided: trying to synthetiser them multiples facets of this character and ommitting the contradictions that are its very essence, or, conversely, to keep only some of these facets et render a truncated portrait. We forget that Zappa was both a libertarian, sometimes schoolboyish, a sex maniac and sociologist and a gifted composer at the same time, with an extraordinary verbose admired by musicians of all persuasions, rock, jazz or learned.
In the program they designed on the invitation of the Théâtre de Saint-Amand-les- Eaux on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the master’s passing, the HeadShakers have managed to find the ideal balance. So far, this band from Lille had only covered Zappa occasionally, giving priority to its original repertoire, brassed fusion rock-jazz-funk both sophisticated and irresistibly festive spirited. Theoretically, its natural inclinations like its instrumentation (enriched with percussions/keyboard – a vital ingrédient of the zappaian world - for the occasion) led them to the period situated around 1969- 74, the instrumentation of albums like The Grand Wazoo, Apostrophe or Overnite Sensation. With, of course, a few incursions before – this « More trouble Every Day » that got the Mothers to be noticed and to sign with legendary Producer Tom Wilson 1965 – and after – the iconic « Black Page », a true rythmic minefield that drove more than one drummer mad.
The technical mastery and the flawless cohesion of the band allow it to tackle some Zappa’s craziest scores, yet its accomplished groove spirit and smiling collectedness defuse any risk of academic or purely intellectual reading. Each member has the opportunity to shine as a soloist, needless to say with a spécial mention for guitarist Mike Varlet who does have to blush from the comparison with the inexhaustible and brilliant improviser Zappa was.
Regarding the songs (a Small half of the show), the HeadShakers have invited the amazing Gino Ceccarelli, on the impressive range of registers, successively powerful and very high in a heavy metal way in « My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama » and guttural in the way of Captain Beefheart in « Willie The Pimp ». He is entirely at ease both in the role of the master of cérémonies via a humorous dramatization of « Cletus Awreetus Awrightus » (in French), allowing non-English speakers to have a taste of the Amercian’s surrealistic and corrosive humour. »

Aymeric Leroy

The team is composed of:

- Gino CECCARELLI: vocals
- Mike VARLET: guitar
- Eric NAVET: vibraphone/marimba
- Pierre-Yves LANGLOIS: saxophone/backing vocals
- Samuel MARTHE: trombone/backing vocals
- Franck BEELE: trumpet
- Guillaume DUMONT: bass/backing vocals
- Arnaud HAVET: battery
- Remy CHARLET: keyboard



Zement (DE)

Neo-Krautrock Duo from Würzburg:

This duo is less about an inorganic building material and more about an improvised jam to drift away. More analog meets digital as a bulk product. Repetitive meet psychedelic sounds, drones meet noise and electronica. Sometimes straight forward, sometimes focusing on one sound idea. Zement is a new band from Würzburg. Zement is also an instrumental band who tries something else to tear down the old and put it back together in a new form. Drums, guitar, synthesizers, samplers and various other sound materials find together to end up in the orbit. Call it Krautor whatever. It’s definitely a cosmic journey.

Philipp Hager and Christian Büdel are reviving with their music bands like Can or NEU!. Their albums are addressed to the fans of these bands as well as fans from Grobschnitt, Amon Düül or Kraftwerk.

The pieces on their debut album "Werk" from 2016 are titled „Sand“ (sand), „Kalkstein“ (lime stone) or „Gips“ (plaster) – all of them base material for cement.Those from their recent (2018) work „Klinker“ have names like C3A or CaO*MgO. These names are - hardly surprising - related to cement, too. But the songs aren't as dry as the names are hypothesizing, they are in a state of flux and are developing through decent admixture of loops and overdubs to the music of Zement.


Zappanale #31

15. - 17.07.2022
The Torture stops in 459 days!