The BBC Symphony Orchestra takes a deep dive into the diverse musical worlds of Frank Zappa – one of the 20th century’s most idiosyncratic musicians.
Few have influenced music like Frank Zappa. Now the 20th century titan becomes the focus of a BBC Symphony Orchestra Total Immersion Day, led by conductor Brad Lubman. Ever the experimentalist, Zappa’s music explores influences as diverse as classical modernism, free improvisation, rock and roll virtuosity and cultural satire. Expect the unexpected in a day of film, talks and music charting Zappa’s remarkable career.
BBC SO Total Immersion: Zappa – Film
The perfect introduction to Frank Zappa: Alex Winter’s new landmark documentary explores the man, the music and the phenomenon – both on the stage and far from it.
BBC SO Total Immersion: Frank Zappa – The Yellow Shark
Guildhall School Musicians pay homage to Frank Zappa’s iconic last album The Yellow Shark, harvested from his appearance at the 1992 Frankfurt Festival.
BBC SO Total Immersion: Zappa Goes Large
For Frank Zappa, the symphony orchestra was the consummate vehicle for musical storytelling. Brad Lubman leads this performance culminating in Zappa’s acknowledged orchestral masterpieces.