The Untouchables (UK / SG)

Valentina Ciardelli was born in 1989 in the Tuscan Pietrasanta near Lucca of a German mother and Italian father. Initially a pianist like her mother, Valentina started to study double bass graduating with Honours from the "Instituto Musicals L. Boccerini" in Lucca in 2014. She continued her education in London as a "master of performance" at the Royal College of Music until 2016. Ciardelli has won several awards i.a. with the "Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra", the "Gran Teatro Giacomo Puccini", the "BBC Symphony Orchestra" and the "Royal Philharmonic Orchestra" in London. She also delivered brilliant performances as a soloist and in smaller ensembles such as "The Girls in the Magnesium Dress" or a project for the music of Giacomo Puccini. At the Prague Double Bass Festival in 2016, Ciardelli's original compositions on "Madame Butterfly" were part of the program. "The music of Frank Zappa, who was absolutely free and composed in a disciplined manner nevertheless, has occupied me since long ago" the arranger and artist says. "Here in London I have found extraordinary and smart musicians with whom I can play such works".

Benjamin Boo was born in 1989 in the Far Eastern city of Singapore as the son of a symphonic musician. Already at the age of three he began his musical education under his father's instructions. At the age of nine, he drummed in the Chinese orchestra of his elementary school and remained faithful to drumming during his further education as a western percussionist. From 2014 to 2015, he was appointed to the BBC Symphony Orchestras Program in London. He completed his studies at the Royal College of Music, which included vibraphone and marimba, with Honours in 2016. Both instruments play an important role in the compositional work of Frank Zappa. Benjamin won the first prize for Marimba Solo in the "Chinese Art Festival Percussion" competition in 2014. In Singapore, he is engaged in diverse multicultural ensembles.

String Bass, Double Bass / London

Vibraphone, Percussion / Singapur


Paul Greens RockAcademy (US) feat. Denny Walley & Ike Willis

Paul Green is a musician, control freak, and founder of school of Rock and PGRA.

In 2009 Green sold the School of Rock to the parent company of the Sylvan Learning Center. He says he got “seven figures” for the School of Rock franchise, which today has more than 100 branches across the country.

That money may run out, but the passion that fueled him never died. So, determined to teach all he’d learned about music, and the business of it, he decided to open a college of rock: The Paul Green Rock Academy.


Theo And The WristBand (RO)

A wise man once said.. “In today's rapidly changing world, rock groups appear every fifteen minutes, utilizing some new promotional device. Some of these devices have been known to leave irreparable scars on the minds of foolish young consumers. One such case is seated before you:…”

Theo & The WristBand was formed in the summer of 2014 and is comprised of 6 wonderfully talented musicians who do not take themselves seriously and who love music. Being the only band in Romania that has a Zappa tribute program, naturally, they stood out as “those weirdoes who’ll never bond with venue owners”.

The guys are all about portraying a story, getting through to the audience and conveying the energy from the public in a panoply of sounds, jokes, attitudes..the music being the main canvas and the first and foremost pretext for their “tomfoolery” onstage.

Along with known performances that can be found by utilizing the new promotional devices we now have access to, the boys are preparing fresh Zappa material along with a few personal hot little numbers, especially for the Zappanale#28 , crowd which will get to see a bunch of friends whipping’ it out for the love of all things Zappa.

Theo Rusu – Lead vocals and blonde hair
Adrian Chepa – Bass, backing vocals and corduroy pants
Sergiu Popa – Guitar, backing vocals and the hairiest chest
Sebastian Nazarevscky – Guitar, backing vocals and the calmest temper..not
Constantin Barbaselu – Drums and young skins
Istvan Illyes – Keys and ivories


Frustice (DE)

are Jan Klare on bass saxophone and Alex Schwers on drums. Frustice means substrate and reduction. Frustration, justice and ICE. Beat, melody, harmony – everything comes condensed and tight.

The two form an unusual rhythm team - a protoband. We will see whether one can speak of "Sly & Robbie" of the Ruhr area. Alex Schwers is a part of German Punk history, Jan Klare already is known from last year as conductor of The Dorf.

Jan Klare has been a saxophonist, bandleader and composer since the mid 80's and has not missed much. His biography contains concerts in many countries, dozens of CD / radio / TV productions and cooperations with well-known colleagues. He sees his work as "sociological field research" about listening habits, listener’s expectations and their manipulation.

Various awards prove evidence of his quality - he has left his mark during the past ten years as founder of the orchestra »The Dorf«. The list of his works conttains a masterclass at the New England Conservatory in Boston, the football opery "Duell D / NL 74", the chamber opera “Ich war die Krawatte von Prinz Claus” (I was Prince Claus's necktie), compositions for "New Music" ensembles and the WDR BigBand, a piece for two wind orchestras, gospel choir, rock band, church bells & pyrotechnics and much more.


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Zappanale #31

17. - 19.07.2020
The Torture stops in 303 days!
17. - 19. July 2020
The Torture stops in 303 days!