the mothers of invention

the mothers of invention

GRAND MOTHERS OF INVENTION LIVE AT FABRIK

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THE GRAND MOTHERS OF INVENTION LIVE AT THE FABRIK http://gmoiwip.weebly.com/videography.html features MOTHERS OF INVENTION ALUMNI* Bunk Gardner, Dave Parlato and Don Preston along with non MOI ALUMNI Christopher Garcia and MAD Max Kutner the ONLY MOI ALUMNI consistently performing the music of the MAESTRO with over 450 concerts on 4 continents since 2003 *Musicians who played with THE MAESTRO between 1965 and 1979 in a variety of non musical and musical settings, e.g., bars, concert halls, clubs, gymnasiums, and sports arenas The MUSIC on this document runs from the surprisingly sublime ERIC DOLPHY, to the absurdly lyrical DUKE OF PRUNES, (with a nod to Igor) to sentimental tongue in (somebody's) cheek GO CRY to Hendrix meets Macedonia HEY JOE/FLOWER PUNK to everything in between, with lots of room for improvisation and broad brush blowing by the guys that were there when the whole thing started and 2 other crazy musicians, 1 of which was not yet born when the guys started......... Sometimes they let that flame smolder when it needs to, or kick it up and it engulfs the stage, or they get engulfed by it, whether they want it to or not, and, oh yeah, sometimes the guys do get burned…… Every good musicians knows that you don't try and make things happen with music, ESPECIALLY THIS MUSIC, you just get out of the way and allow it to happen, because as we all know music ain't just "black ants crawling across white paper", (Nod to Don Van Vliet) the NOTES themselves don't do much by themselves, poor things, they just kind of sit there waiting for the right person to come along and breathe LIFE into them, and that is done with ATTITUDE and INTENTION, things that cannot be rehearsed or paid for, just LISTEN to 3 different strings quartets playing Brahms or Beethoven and you will HEAR for yourself the difference, or better yet listen to the words of the MAESTRO who says it best from this BBC interview "For me it was always more interesting to encounter a musician who had a unique ability, find a way to showcase that, and build that unusual skill into a composition so that forever and ever afterward that composition would be stamped with the personality of the person who was there when the composition was created." FRANK ZAPPA BBC Late Show with Matthew Collings "BBC Television Tribute" 1993. The band goes back and forth from heavily notated material e.g., THE ORANGE COUNTY LUMBER TRUCK MEDLEY, to free improv in 5/4 over static harmony, to "what was that?" or better "why was that?", as you can always expect the unexpected either in the arrangements or the solos themselves, and there are some great ones here as well as some intergalactic interplay, how can there not be when the band is playing some of the most original music this side of Venus............. So sit down, lay down, hang upside down, or stand up and dance if you want to, and laugh out loud, and sneer or snicker all you want. THE MAESTROS music will be blaring from your TV screen, laptop, cell phone, or brain implant and all you can do is let it wrap itself around you because MUSIC IS (TRULY) THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOTES BY THE long retired GRAND WAZOO and the DE CENTRALIZED SCRUTINIZER FOR THE UNINITIATED Since 1980 there have been various configurations of MOTHERS OF INVENTION* ALUMNI calling themselves either: THE GRANDMOTHERS, THE GRANDE MOTHERS RE:INVENTED or THE GRAND MOTHERS OF INVENTION Each configuration thru the years has included various MOI ALUMNI* including: Jimmy Carl Black Napoleon Murphy Brock Ray Collins Roy Estrada Tom Fowler Walt Fowler Bunk Gardner Bob Harris Dave Parlato Don Preston from various legacies and configurations. Some were featured on a performance or two while other have played together for years * Once upon a time there was an actual band called THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION led by the amazing MAESTRO of CEREMONIES and MUSIC - FRANK ZAPPA, who had the uncanny ability of not only composing, per...