‘Zappa Palooza’

3 Dec.'23
- 14:00

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For an entire afternoon, we will focus on the artistic body of work of Frank Zappa, which extends beyond just his music. Through concerts, films, and talks, we will shed light on the fascinating legacy that this genius has left us.

We start with a vinyl listening session of the GTO's with the “super-groupie” Pamela Des Barres and with a screening of Frank Zappa: The Present-Day Composer Refuses To Die by Frank Scheffer.

Next, we present a concert by Ensemble STYX, here in quintet formation, which has succeeded in obtaining arrangements of some immortal classics by Zappa. Inspired by this, guitarist Pierre Vervloesem, saxophonist Bruno Vansina, and jazz drummer Samuel Ber each composed a new piece for a classical quintet and jazz musicians. As the highlight of the event, American jazz trumpeter Dave Douglas specially composed a brand-new work for this production and will be on stage as the leader of the band.

We also focus on the struggle that Zappa waged for freedom of expression in the 1980s and question whether a figure like Zappa is still possible today. 

We close the afternoon with the band Sinister Sister, who have reinterpreted Zappa's music several times in the past, with the fantastic Robert Martin as special guest. This singer and multi-instrumentalist was in Zappa's band from 1981 till 1988.


14:00 – 15:00
Terarken - vinyl listening session with Pamela Des Barres
14:00 – 15:00
Studio – Film: Frank Zappa: The Present-Day Composer Refuses To Die by Frank Scheffer (introduction by Co de Kloet)

15:30 – 17:00
M - Concert
Kleptomania – Zappa meets contemporary meets jazz
Ensemble STYX, Dave Douglas & others.

Line-up: David Douglas (trumpet), Pierre Vervloesem (guitar), Bruno Vansina (saxophone), Samuel Ber (drums), Anne Davids (flute), Kristien Ceuppens (oboe), Dries Tack (clarinet), Christine Chapman (horn) en Bert Helsen (bassoon); compositions Frank Zappa (arr. Bossini), David Douglas, Pierre Vervloesem, Bruno Vansina en Samuel Ber.

17:00 – 18:30
Teraken - Talk & Debate “Free Speech: How the fight of Frank Zappa is more relevant than ever”
​​​​​​​Panel: Ben Watson, Koen Lemmens, Frank Scheffer; Moderator: Bart Steenhaut
17:00 – 18:30
Studio – Film: The World’s Greatest Sinner by Timothy Carey (introduction by Co de Kloet)

19:00 – 20:00
M - Concert
Sinister Sister feat. Robert Martin

​​​​​​​Line-up: Robert Martin: vocals and tenor sax; Maayan Smith: tenor sax; Pieter Claus: vibraphone; Jan Ghesquière: guitar; Michel Hatzigeorgiou: bass; Pierre Hurty: drums






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Zappa. Yes. Yes. Yes.

Practical information


BOZAR/Centre for Fine Arts

Rue Ravenstein 23 1000 Brussels



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< 30 year

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Card : Preferential Reimbursement / EU Disability

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