Fried Dähn & Skin of Clazz (DE)

Electric Cello and 8 percussionists ... play the music of Frank Zappa

After the "Yellow String Quartet", the "Monster Movies with The Brains" and with his "Onomatopoeia Perturbation Consort", Fried Dähn is back with something completely new, that will blow your mind. With "The Skin of Clazz" Fried and his cello are taking the challenge to deal with eight (!) percussionists.

Fried Dähn worked with Zappa personally as a member of the Ensemble Modern in the last years before Zappas far too early death. You can hear him with his cello on the albums "The Yellow Shark", "Civilization Phaze III" and "Everything Is Healing Nicely".

Although Zappa was thrown out of his first band as a drummer, because he worked the cymbals too much, his fondness for drumming is evident through his entire compositional work from the early sixties until his modern "serious" works for orchestra. Thus compositions like "Echidna's Arf", "Don't you ever wash the thing", "Dupree's Paradise", "RDNZL", "Approximate" and of course the legendary "Black Page" - only to name a few - are very suitable for the enormous world of percussion instruments.

The eight percussionists not only play the well-known percussion instruments such as drums, congas, timbales, timpani, djembés, etc., but also master the melody instruments such as marimba, vibraphone, glockenspiel and xylophone in a virtuoso manner - seasoned with a rich exotic instrumentation such as steel pans, ballast string, sound harp, aquaphone, miraphone, concrete mixer, garbage cans, toy guns, etc.

„Long live Ruth Underwod, Ed Mann, Terry Bozzio, Vinnie Colaiuta, Chad Wackerman, Aynsley Dunbar, Chester Thompson.....etc...“

Fried Dähn – electric cello
The Skin of Clazz
Nicolas Baumann,
Nico Ellinger,
Leon Küting,
Klaus Küting,
Jogi Nestel,
Jonas Stephan,
Ingo Schwarzweller  (all Drums & perkussion) 

special guest: Viviane Küting (voc)




2012 was the year that a new, outstanding formation - Tatvamasi - emerged on the musical map of Lublin. And it was a strong entrance - their EP with kind of surreal title - The Peloton of Unsettled Cyclists was a real blast.

Since then, it was just like in a Hitchcock movie - the tension has been constantly building up. Their debut album -Parts of the Entirety (2013)- caused quite a mess, and not only on the Polish music scene. Once noted and appreciated, they were given the opportunity to record their debut album at the American Cuneiform Records. Cuneiform is an iconic record company, widely known among prog-rock and avant-garde rock enthusiasts, it is -let's say- a custodian for Canterbury Scene achievements.

Tatvamasi's European tour was widely and positively received and reviewed at press. Their uniqueness consists of many features, including the Slavic sensitivity of the leader (who also formed the Santa Claus Orchestra and Ann of the Green Gables) filtered through progressive, jazz-rock narrative, enriched with elements of avant-garde, free jazz and free improvisation. Joggling with conventions and improvising, they create their own puzzle. Among their inspirations we've got the already mentioned Canterbury Scene (Soft Machine, Gong), krautrock (Amon Düll II, Can) and New York Downtown Scene.

They share the ease, the sense of humour and absurd and a total lack of pomposity with the Englishmen from Canterbury; the raw, underground energy and pulsations with krautrock and the avant-garde (minimalism, sonorism) mixed with ethnic inspirations (Slavic and Jewish folklore, and Arabic scales) with the Downtown Scene. Tatvamasi is eclectic - jazz freedom of improvisation, rock sensibility upbeat with black blues and psychedelia, funky freedom and joy for music plus some serious folklore romanticism. This mishmash, seemingly insane and chaotic, is simultaneously precise, deliberate and pleasantly melodic.

Anna Witkowska – violin
Małgorzata Pietroń – cello
Michał Ostrowski – violin
Grzegorz Lesiak - guitar, compositions
Tomasz Piątek – tenor sax
Łukasz Downar – bass guitar
Krzysztof Redas - drums

Tatvamasi is yet another iconoclasticm genre-hopping outfit. The group ploughs new musical furrows on Parts of the Entirety, framing its compositions around Slavic folk rhythms and melodic ornamends delivered with a rock attitude… Tom Greenland, The New York City Jazz Record

Tatvamasi deals out all of moders jazz’s best traits-playful performances, major/minor key ambivalence, asymmetric song shapes and the occasional art of the unlikely melody. It’s the sound of things coming together. Better than The A-Team. John Garrat, Popmatters

Admirers of fellow Cuneiform Records artists, Gutbucket and Led Bib or other groups embracing the jazz-rock and progressive rock genres may find a lot to get revved up about with the Polish quartet Tatvamasi … Glenn Astarita, All About Jazzi

Tatvamasi have made a new thing and it’s a good new thing. The textures are mostly in rhythmsection-plus-lead territory and much of Parts of the Entirety’s emotional power comes from the committed playing and engaged interactions of the musicians, but there’s a sense of adventure that departs completely from the procedural conservatism of most modern jazz. Yet another fabulously inventive and beautifully performed release from Cuneiform… Olivier Arditi


BOGGAMASTA - Flat Earth Society & David Bovée (BE)

FES was founded in 1998, when no-nonsense artist, former architect, clarinettist, saxophonist, keyboard player, composer and producer Peter Vermeersch, wanted to explore new horizons after having convinced music lovers all over the word with Maximalist! and the cult legend band X-legged Sally. Vermeersch, who worked with international artists like Josse De Pauw, Wim Vandekeybus, Vincent Bal, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Fred Frith, The Simpletones and Jazzwork from Berlin and wrote music for the Arditti Quartet, Prima La Musica and the Smith Quartet, assembled a pack of inspired and inimitable muscians, forming a big band which has nowadays become much more than just a big band.

The music of FES, varying from strictly written sheet music to liberating improvisation, is 95% homemade. Streaks of music of other composers are used as inspiration, frequently arranged, adapted and integrated into FES compositions, adding a wide range of atmospheres and styles to the eclectic FES universe. FES, who dares to flirt with other disciplines as theatre and film and owns the ability to seduce a number of different audiences, from more select jazz listeners to a wild young rock public, is at its best live on stage.

David Bovée was the first FES guitarist from 1999 till 2003. After four years he left the band to develop his own project "Think of One" (BBC Radio 3 World Music Award in 2004 and 2007). Whether they worked with throat singers from Greenland, Gnawa musicians from Morocco or Brazilian virtuosos, they achieved an exciting melting pot of music. David knows the Maracutu, Frevo, Ciranda and Coco music through and through.

World music was never really Vermeersch' thing, but when ‘Theater aan Zee’ (TAZ) invited both men to embark on a project with an ensemble of Gambian musicians in 2013, the experimental urge couldn’t be ignored. They traveled to The Gambia where they lived and worked with local musicians for several weeks. 

They didn’t have to look hard for inspiration. In The Gambia, they saw the country leader Yahya Jammeh parading the streets of Banjul. The escort consisted of a number of hummers and majorettes, in uniform and with batons. As a proper dictator, he literally sprinkled money on the streets from one of the hummers open roof. The "Boggamasta" (a corruption of the Dutch word ‘burgemeester’, which means mayor) considered himself almighty, would rule for a billion years, and did not shy away from killing political opponents or prosecuting homosexuals.

It would be unfair to focus the Boggamasta story only on African countries or The Gambia; Boggamasta’s are everywhere, In politics, in crime, at the petanque club, in the music world, in the economy and let’s face it, also deep inside ourselves.

Bovée and Vermeersch went to work, wrote numbers and came up with raw and critical lyrics, instruments and cast were adapted: An exuberant repertoire, direct, energetic and frenzied music: feverish, delirious and groovy, and lots of electro!

FES will perform the Boggamasta project with David Bovée and songs from the Zappa tribute project ‘Terms of Embarrassment’.


David Bovée (electric guitar, vocals & electronics), Peter Vermeersch (bassclarinet, vocals & electronics), Pierre Vervloesem (electric bass), Kristof Roseeuw (double bass &violin), Peter Vandenberghe (keyboards & piano), Teun Verbruggen (drums & drumpads), Wim Segers (percussion), Berlinde Deman (tuba & vocals), Benjamin Boutreur (alto sax), Michel Mast (tenor sax), Bruno Vansina (baritone sax & flute), Bart Maris (trumpet), Thomas Mayade (trumpet), Peter Delannoye (trombone), Marc Meeuwissen (trombone), Marti Melià (tenor sax)


Tante Tofu (DE)

Tante Tofu MitNichten
 (Avantgarde Rock from Hamburg and Northern Germany)


-> Information is not knowledge. <-

Core line-up:
Christiane Seebach - vocals, wind controller
Andreas Steinhardt - guitar, vocals
Boris Schegene - bass
Oliver Specht - drums
The information about die Besetzung des Begleitchors "MitNichten" ist not knowledge. 


-> Knowledge is not wisdom. <-

Is Tante Tofu the wife of Uncle Meat? The kinship not only shows in the fact that Tante Tofu plays the music of Uncle Frank. Even their own songs, sung in German, do not stop at clichés or at crossing borders. Sometimes it sounds like hard rock, sometimes jazz, sometimes pop, sometimes free improvisation. At Zappanale, the current program "Sauerkraut" will consist of Zappa music and original material in equal shares.


-> Wisdom is not truth. <-

Tante Tofu was founded on August 16, 2009 at Zappanale #20 with the aim to join this circle of illustrious bands. The plan did work: with their oratorio "Carl-Heinz" Tante Tofu already enthused the audience at Zappanale #22.


-> Truth is not beauty. <-

The genre diversity of Tante Tofu also shows in collaboration with other bands. Tante Tofu has played with Doctor Nerve (avant-garde rock from New York), Vogelfrey (medieval rock), [soon] (dark-rock), Nico Brettschneider (songwriter) and The Ricky Kings (rock).


-> Beauty is not love. <-

Much has changed since their performance at Zappanale #22. The core line-up, consisting of Christiane and Stoni, was completed at the end of 2016 by drummer Oli, who played for decades in successful session bands and, among others, in the rock band "Die spitzen Päpste". Bassist Boris, who is established and well-known in the ska and jazz area joined the band in mid-2017. This year the line-up will be completed by the accompanying choir "MitNichten", which will be good for some surprises.


-> Love is not music. <-

"The beautiful, bare backs of (presumably) two band members decorated Tante Tofu's poster, it's certainly an eye-catcher and perhaps the most photographed subject (next to Zappa's beard) of Zappanale #22." (Ingo Saager on

"Fun was also the inventive show by TANTE TOFU, who devoted themselves to the topic of ZAPPA with their revue in their own way." (Burkhard Schempp in "We Are The Other People")

"The Carl Heinz show with German lyrics, peppered with plenty of show elements and social criticism, was well received by the audience and the band was very responsive to the audience. We have become curious about this band ..." (Ingo Saager on germanrock. de)


-> Music is the best. <-

"The modern day composer refuses to the!" (Uncle Frank)

"Ich will Sonne!" (Tante Tofu)


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