Meet Zappa’s widow and discuss his life at event
THE life and work of music legend Frank Zappa will be celebrated at a music festival where fans can to talk to his widow.
The iconic American songwriter, composer and film director will be remembered in a series of events at the Bangor Music Festival which starts on March 4.
According to the organisers of the contemporary music festival, they want to bring a sense of the “zany, irreverent genius” of Zappa to today’s audience.
As part of the celebrations, Zappa’s widow, Gail, will be taking part in a question and answer session with festival goers in Bangor University’s main arts lecture theatre via video link from California.
The festival, now in its 15th year, will also feature premieres of works by five young composers, Katherine Betteridge, Ellie Davies, Sioned Eleri Roberts, Dan Song and Hedd Thomas, together with new pieces by established composers, Pwyll ap Siôn and Owain Llwyd.
The theme this year is ‘Crossover and Multimedia’ with each concert having a connected educational project that will involve a number of local schools as well as the city’s university students.
Artistic Director Dr Guto Pryderi Puw, an university lecturer and renowned composer in his own right, says the aim is to provide the public with the opportunity to experience and learn about contemporary music.
He said: “It’s important to allow school pupils of all ages, students and the public to taste some of the most exciting new music being composed today.”
“Every year we endeavour to present the latest developments and trends in contemporary composition music.”
More information at bangormusicfestival. org.uk
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