“I used to love putting little black dots on music paper”, wrote Frank Zappa in an accompanying text for a new edition of works by composer Edgard Varèse. Falling under the guise of self-deprecating understatements, it only serves to cache the ambition that always drove Frank Zappa. The striving for recognition of his compository qualities, which he initially lived out in his rock music with a high degree of complexity while posing equally high demands on the playing technique of his musicians.
Indeed, it all began with the record in question. It bore the number EMS 401 – and the title: “The Complete Works of Edgar Varèse, Vol. I”. And the cornerstone for a passion was thus laid, which accompanied him through to his death in 1993 at the age of only 53. Many people still regard this great ethnographer of American everyday life exclusively as a rock star – presumably because Asteroid 3848 is named after him. Yet as a gesture of genuine estimation it would be wise to forgo categorizations and other thought short-circuits. Blues and the music of experimental composer Edgard Varèse, jazz improvisations and pop platitudes all fused together in his vision of a new rock music.
Sunday, 18 September 2016 | 20:00 CET
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