Ascolta: Reagan at Bitburg (2009)

Update from United Mutations:

Ascolta are a Stuttgart based septet, though there were 10 on stage this cold November night. As a contemporary music ensemble they have been at the fore of playing modern music. The two percussionists, Martin Homann and Boris Muller were involved in Zappas infamous Rage and Fury recording of Varese (yet to be released).
After sending Gail Zappa the recording of two arrangements of synclavier pieces from Civilisation Phase 3 (Reagan in Bitburg and Im in a Drum), Gail invited them to LA to see whether they could arrange some other synclavier tracks – not yet released! They played a load of tracks, which Ascolta claim were completely unplayable, apart that is from 2 tracks which they took away, arranged and recorded last year for ZFT. Those tracks were Samba Funk and Uncle Sam. Ascolta play Samba Funk along with the synclavier recording from the vault.

48 Responses to “Ascolta: Reagan at Bitburg (2009)”

  1. Pierre says:

    über-good !

  2. jonnybutter2 says:

    Wow. Yeva! Outstanding! Just excellent.

  3. Ken Duvall says:

    Wow – that ensemble is too much !!!

  4. Nowski says:

    Oh – how I love this. Just as much as I dislike the spiritless Synclavier version.

  5. Gavo says:

    Fantastic! Good work, Ascolta.

  6. Dark Clothes says:

    Yes, the synclavier works seem to be a goldmine for good musicians with an ear for Zappa!

  7. urbangraffito says:

    A quote from Dark Clothes:

    Yes, the synclavier works seem to be a goldmine for good musicians with an ear for Zappa!

    Indeed. I adore the irony that the very medium intended to replace human musicians may well hold the future of Zappa’s new live compositions.

  8. Robert says: