Los Angeles Premiere

"Short of Frank coming back from beyond to bend ears and brains, this is about as close to an authentic live version of Zappa’s music as you can possibly get." The Prague Post

A raucous two-part concert inspired by the enduring legacy of Frank Zappa. First, the trio of Don Preston, Napoleon Murphy Brock and Roy Estrada joins forces with an ensemble of guest artists--featuring Joel Hamilton, Amy Knoles, Marc Lowenstein, Daniel Rosenboom, Sara Schoenbeck, Harry Scorzo, Jim Sullivan, and Steven Suminski, plus dancer Lillian Bitkoff-—for a heady new interpretation of Stravinsky’s WWI commedia dell’arte traveling show Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale). In the second half, the full complement of the Grande Mothers teams up with Miroslav Tadic, Chris Garcia and other guests to revisit classic Zappa from landmark rock albums such as We’re Only in It for the MoneyUncle Meat and One Size Fits All


Napoleon Murphy Brock (with FZ 1974–1984) vocals, tenor saxophone, flute, suavenicity, dancing (!)

Roy Estrada (with FZ 1964–1984) bass, pachuco falsettos and operatic madness

Don Preston (with FZ 1966–1974) piano, keyboard synthesizers, electronics, vocals

Miroslav Tadic: stunt guitar, snake guitar, loud guitar
Christopher Garcia: drumset, percussion, marimba, vocals

In August 2002, three legacies of former members of the Mothers of Invention united for the first time to perform the music of Frank Zappa. They have since performed over 60 three-hour concerts across America, Canada and Europe to standing-room audiences everywhere, proving that “they can still do that on stage”.

The evening consisted of classic Frank Zappa material as well as new music written by Don Preston for the band and chamber orchestra. It would also be the first time that three legacies of former Mothers of Invention would reunite and take the stage as a group, the same alumni who helped create classics like: Freak OutAbsolutely Free,We’re Only in It for the MoneyUncle Meat, , Weasels Ripped My Flesh Live at the Roxy and ElsewhereOne Size Fits All, and FZ:OZ.

On March 27th, 2003 after 6 months of intensive rehearsals, the Grande Mothers Re:Invented took the stage to a standing-room-only audience. The event was recorded, filmed, and released by Warner Classics in Europe, and has been broadcast on European television. Since then the Grande Mothers Re:Invented have been headliners at the 2003 Frankfurt Jazz Festival, the 14th annual Zappanalle Festival in 2004, and 60 three-hour concerts across America, Canada, and Europe including Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, England, Germany, Holland, Italy, Norway, and Switzerland. 

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Date/Time G ST CA
Fri 4.14.06 8:30 pm
$28$20 $14
Sat 4.15.06 8:30 pm$28$20$14

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff