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48 Fugues for Frank
48 Fugues for Frank (Move Records MD3339)
SKU: 15176
AU $23.65

Label: Move Records Cat. No.: MD3339 Medium: CD No. Discs: 1

A title in the Michael Kieran Harvey Collection. Other titles in this series.

A musical homage to the life and work of Frank Zappa, composed and performed by Michael Kieran Harvey, and complemented by Lingua Franka - concrete poetry by Arjun von Caemmerer, 48 Fugues for Frank premiered in 2010. A labor of love for Zappaphiles and anyone else with an interest in advanced music, innovative poetry and artistic vision. Each of the ten pieces uses four or five ideas inspired by, reacting to, or developing some of Zappa's signature techniques.

"Frank Zappa was a great man. Through his lyrics he skewered hypocrisy whether religious, social, artistic or corporate. During the '80s he took on the American religious right and the government of Ronnie Ray-gun, testified to the US congress including Tipper and Al Gore on the issue of rock censorship and blasted the hypocrisy of Baptist preachers such as Swaggart, at the same time winning Grammy awards for albums with titles such as Jazz From Hell. He was a personal friend of democracy heroes like Vaclav Havel (who also had the courage to confront the other major censoring religion of Communism). At the time of his death in 1993 Zappa was working on an ambitious project called Civilization Phaze III which used Dada and concrete poetry techniques to evoke a world not so much post-apocalyptic as post-human toilet.

A perennial thorn in the side of the establishment, he stood up for humanism and rationalism, and his music reflects both extreme rigour and freedom. No teenager would ever consider self harm after listening to Zappa's Suicide Chump just as any remotely religious leaning thinking person would hang their head in shame after listening to his rap, the first on vinyl, Dumb all Over."

Artists: Michael Kieran Harvey (piano).
Composers: Michael Kieran Harvey.
Tracks: 1. 48 Fugues For Frank #1 - (Greggery Peccary, Pentagon Afternoon)
2. 48 Fugues For Frank #2 - (The Girl in The Magnesium Dress)
3. 48 Fugues For Frank #3 - (Jazz From Hell)
4. 48 Fugues For Frank #4 - (Tink Runs Amok)
5. 48 Fugues For Frank #5 - (Civilization Phaze III)
6. 48 Fugues For Frank #6 - (G-Spot Tornado)
7. 48 Fugues For Frank #7 - (St Etienne: guitar solo)
8. 48 Fugues For Frank #8 - (Ruth is Sleeping)
9. 48 Fugues For Frank #9 - (The Black Page)
10. 48 Fugues For Frank #10 - (Baby Snakes)
Medium: CD
No. of Discs: 1
SKU #: 15176
Label: Move Records
Catalog #: MD3339
Price: AU $23.65   
See also:
    Broadway Boogie
    Crystal Vision
    Elektra - Australian Piano Music
    Preludes of Messiaen, Sonata of Shostakovich
    Rabid Bay
    Tensile Flame
    The piano music of Mike Nock - In the time of Sakura
    The way of the seeker

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