Based in Leverkusen, Amsterdam – band leader and vocalist Christopher Klassen‘s home town – Sore TappaZ plays Klassen‘s original compositions as well as and the music of Frank Zappa.
In June 2010, Klassen finished his studies at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with the Master of Music Degree. During his Master Research he wrote a Method for improvised vocal arrangements for Jazz standards (a method to have a Jam-session with singers without any instrumental accompaniment).
Klassen continues to compose, write arrangements and play in various projects such as the Christopher Klassen Quartet, a Classical and Jazz Music Croossover, the Pop Cover Band “GSI”, Kicks and Sticks (Landes Jugend Jazz Orchester Hessen), the Big Band “Blowshop”, Vocal Band Project, and of course, Sore TappaZ.
The clip, above, of “Spider of Destiny” as well as the unique covers of Frank Zappa’s “Easy Meat”, “Montana”, and “Penis Dimension” (below) performed at the Amsterdam Blue Note on June 9th, 2010, bring an interestingly unusual combination of vocal and jazz elements to these classic Zappa songs.
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