Steve Reich / Franck Zappa

Frank Zappa / Steve Reich

Archive 2005

Frank Zappa
The Yellow Shark (excerpts) (1991 /1992)
Steve Reich
You Are (Variations) for amplified ensemble and voices (2004)
First presented in france
Ensemble Modern
Synergy Vocals
Franck Ollu, conductor
o-presented by Théâtre du Châtelet, Festival d’Automne à Paris
with the collaboration of Théâtre de Caen (concert novembre 17)
With the participation of Sacem

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.