Monday, November 30, 2009

Nicholas Slonimsky playing with Frank Zappa

This may be, ok...IS the most unlikely musical friendship of the 20th century. Slonimsky was a member of the Russian avant-garde during the revolution, a great friend to Varese and Stravinsky. Fifty years later there was not an avant-garde movement which Zappa did not embrace. While the classical avant-garde was caught up in a lethal war between the Boulezian serialists and the Cagean experimentalists, Zappa was spreading his bizzareness everywhere by incorporating it all into his very weird yet very personal musical language.

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