Steve Reich / Franck Zappa Frank Zappa / Steve Reich[Music]
Frank Zappa: The Yellow Shark (excerpts), 1991/92
Steve Reich: You Are (Variations) for amplified ensemble and voice, 2004
A wind quintet fuses with the strains of a cabaret-style fanfare; a string quartet mixes up with legendary rock standards such as Be-bop tango and G-spot Tornado. The late, great Frank Zappa’s The Yellow Shark is a musical ‘suite’ that is anything but -- since its 19 parts can be played in any order, and separately. Reich’s work, meanwhile, based on sacred texts, muses about our earthly existence, inspired by an 18th-century Jewish mystic.