Meet Zappa’s widow and dis­cuss his life at event

North Wales Weekly News - - YOUR GUIDE -

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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