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I Virtuosi dal Pianeta Talento Orchestra di Flauti del Conservatorio di Musica Santa Cecilia - Franz Albanese (director) Napoleon Murphy Brock Teatro Studio Borgna, Auditorium, Rome, April 23, 2016 (photo: spaziofermo)

I Virtuosi dal Pianeta Talento
Orchestra di Flauti del Conservatorio di Musica Santa Cecilia – Franz Albanese (director)
Napoleon Murphy Brock
Teatro Studio Borgna, Auditorium, Rome, April 23, 2016
(photo: spaziofermo)

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On April 23, 2016 an orchestral/electric, Napoleon driven Zappa tribute took place at Teatro Studio Borgna, at the Rome Auditorium. A remarkable event if you consider the effort needed to blend an all flutes orchestra (50 elements) with and electric big band (11 elements), although with the great help of Napoleon Murphy Brock (on his real birthday! more about this later).

However in this case it seems that size didn’t matter and such a large band performed in one of the rehearsal rooms of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and very little promotion preceded the concert.

Nonetheless the performance was effective, some flutes arrangements were particularly colorful, the electric band was tight and Napoleon body and soul on stage were exactly what such a large ensemble needed to complete the picture, mainly focused on the Roxy era.

Here are the main credits:

Tribute to Frank Zappa

I Virtuosi dal Pianeta Talento
Ugo Maccari: keyboards, minimoog
Carlo Amberti: guitar
Gianluca Marchetti: hammond organ, lead vocals
Francesco Pititto: bass
Pier Paolo Ferroni: drums
Matteo Flori: vibraphone, marimba, glockenspiel, percussion
Massimo Muratori: trumpet
Francesca Menchini: flauto
Monika Wolf: alto sax
Damiano Fabbrini: tenor sax
Giorgio Parri: baritone sax
Angelo Adamo: harmonica

Orchestra di Flauti del Conservatorio di Musica Santa Cecilia
(Flutes Orchestra of the Santa Cecilia Music Conservatory)
with
Deborah Kruzansky, Francesco Baldi, Eugenio Colombo, Catia Longo, Francesco Leonardi, Monica Limongelli
(for the full flute players list, see the concert program here)

Franz Albanese: director

special guest
Napoleon Murphy Brock: vocals, tenor sax, flute

Program
Penguin in Bondage
Pygmy Twylyte
Peaches en Regalia
Son of Orange County
More Trouble Every Day
Village of the Sun
Echidna’s Arf (of You) (with drum solo)
Sofa
Strictly Genteel
Uncle Meat Suite (Uncle Meat/Dog Breath/Pound for a Brown)
Florentine Pogen
Andy
Inca Roads (includes Bolero)

Encores
Montana

I Virtuosi dal Pianeta Talento brass section Teatro Studio Borgna, Auditorium, Rome, April 23, 2016 (photo: spaziofermo)

I Virtuosi dal Pianeta Talento
brass section
Teatro Studio Borgna, Auditorium, Rome, April 23, 2016
(photo: spaziofermo)

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Orchestra di Flauti del Conservatorio di Musica Santa Cecilia Flutes Galore Teatro Studio Borgna, Auditorium, Rome, April 23, 2016 (photo: spaziofermo)

Orchestra di Flauti del Conservatorio di Musica Santa Cecilia
Flutes Galore
Teatro Studio Borgna, Auditorium, Rome, April 23, 2016
(photo: spaziofermo)

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Franz Albanese Teatro Studio Borgna, Auditorium, Rome, April 23, 2016 (photo: spaziofermo)

Franz Albanese
Teatro Studio Borgna, Auditorium, Rome, April 23, 2016
(photo: spaziofermo)

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Napoleon Murphy Brock Teatro Studio Borgna, Auditorium, Rome, April 23, 2016 (photo: spaziofermo)

Napoleon Murphy Brock
Teatro Studio Borgna, Auditorium, Rome, April 23, 2016
(photo: spaziofermo)

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Two videos are available via YouTube, outstandingly low-fi, flutes galore is too far into the wall of sound, but with good headphones and some imagination, you’ll be able to get the picture. Here they are, Echidna’s Arf (of You) and Inca Roads, featuring a nicely transplanted Bolero.

Flutes Galore – Echidna’s Arf (of You) / drum solo

Flutes Galore – Inca Roads / Bolero

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It would have been nice to hear their rendition of Strictly Genteel again, the flutes arrangement was rich, especially for “the majestic section towards the end”, as Steve Vai paraphrased the composer in the Frank Zappa: 200 Motels – The Suites booklet, referring about the answer of the composer to what was his favorite thing he ever wrote.

The right night to honour Napoleon Murphy Brock on his birthday!

In fact Napoleon wrote a moving facebook post for the occasion reported by Zappateer TPS (thank you!). Here is his zappateers post.

TPS
Napi wrote this last night and posted it on his facebook page. I thought i would share it here for those that wouldn’t see it. (The ‘real’ birthday reference I presume come from the wiki/google ‘fact’ that he was born June 7, 1945 (age 70). Actually it’s April 23, 1943.)

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TO ALL OF YOU ANGELS OUT THERE, WHO HAVE WRITTEN ME TODAY, AND YESTERDAY, AND YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE, PLEASE LET ME TRY, AND THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU HAVE JUST DONE FOR ME.

Those of you who took the time out of your busy lives, to write and send me such heart felt greetings on this day, my real birthday, I want to say thank you, and to say that I love you more than what the words were meant to express.

Your timing was such that I know you all had to be touched by the spiritual gods that surround us all. This last year for me has probably been the most difficult, and trying that I can ever remembering experiencing in all of my lives combined. And your reaching out to me, probably without even knowing that I was having such difficult times right now, causes me to view you all as angels that have come to my rescue.

Within the last year, I have lost seven close blood family members, Aunt Bertha Brock Nelson, Bernadine McCoy, Milton Brock, Aunt Ruth Murphy Harper, Uncle James Murphy, Gary Murphy Harper, and maybe one of my most beloved family member to whom I owe my present physical life, Richard Lewis. And two years ago three extended family members, George Duke, Corine Duke, and Ricky Lawson. Seven very close musician friends from when I was a teenager, Bobby Ingram, Billy Ingram, Douglas Ingram, Art Chavez, Ray Guzman, Vic Beam last week, and the beloved George Pezzolo. I don’t mean to make this seem too heavy, but it has been deeply disturbing to me, and I consider myself a very ultra positive, and happy human being. But this many, in this short span of time?

So for the Mariani’s Resturant Dancers who threw me two surprise birthday parties for the last two weeks that I performed there, because they knew that I would be performing in Europe on April 23rd, and I don’t know how they found out, because I didn’t tell them. Let me say Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, and I love you very much.

And for the organizers of last nights performance, with the Orchestra di Flauti del Conservatorio “Santa Cecilia”, who created last nights performance a TRIBUTE TO FRANK ZAPPA, with also Ugo Maccari, and “I Virtuosi dal Pianeta Talento”, Deborah Kruzansky, Direttore Franz Albanese, and 70 of the finest musicians that I have ever had the pleasure to create love through music, with at least 50 of them all playing every type of flute that exist, with me as the featured artist. Your presence last night in my life, and those lives to follow, will never be forgotten. And to top it off, when they scheduled the concert for last night almost a year ago, Saturday April 23rd, 2016, had no idea the it was my birthday, until I had to submit my passport to them so that they cold pay me for the performance.

And last by not least, to all my friends, that I have not kept in contact with over the past year, I ask you to please understand my situation, and forgive me for my not contacting you. But this has brought me back, and you will soon be hearing from me, I promise. Blessings to all of you. And may the love of God and life shine on you forever. And remember what Frank said, “MUSIC IS THE BEST”, AND SO ARE YOU!!!

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Also, at spaziofermo photo-blog: Napoleon. My personal tribute to Napoleon Murphy Brock on his birthday!

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And for the whole ensemble, more photos follow (click to enlarge):

Ugo Maccari - I Virtuosi dal Pianeta Talento Teatro Studio Borgna, Auditorium, Rome, April 23, 2016 (photo: spaziofermo)

Ugo Maccari – I Virtuosi dal Pianeta Talento
Teatro Studio Borgna, Auditorium, Rome, April 23, 2016
(photo: spaziofermo)

Gianluca Marchetti - I Virtuosi dal Pianeta Talento Teatro Studio Borgna, Auditorium, Rome, April 23, 2016 (photo: spaziofermo)

Gianluca Marchetti – I Virtuosi dal Pianeta Talento
Teatro Studio Borgna, Auditorium, Rome, April 23, 2016
(photo: spaziofermo)

Carlo Amberti - I Virtuosi dal Pianeta Talento Teatro Studio Borgna, Auditorium, Rome, April 23, 2016 (photo: spaziofermo)

Carlo Amberti – I Virtuosi dal Pianeta Talento
Teatro Studio Borgna, Auditorium, Rome, April 23, 2016
(photo: spaziofermo)

Francesco Pititto - I Virtuosi dal Pianeta Talento Teatro Studio Borgna, Auditorium, Rome, April 23, 2016 (photo: spaziofermo)

Francesco Pititto – I Virtuosi dal Pianeta Talento
Teatro Studio Borgna, Auditorium, Rome, April 23, 2016
(photo: spaziofermo)

Pier Paolo Ferroni - I Virtuosi dal Pianeta Talento Teatro Studio Borgna, Auditorium, Rome, April 23, 2016 (photo: spaziofermo)

Pier Paolo Ferroni – I Virtuosi dal Pianeta Talento
Teatro Studio Borgna, Auditorium, Rome, April 23, 2016
(photo: spaziofermo)

Matteo Flori - I Virtuosi dal Pianeta Talento Teatro Studio Borgna, Auditorium, Rome, April 23, 2016 (photo: spaziofermo)

Matteo Flori – I Virtuosi dal Pianeta Talento
Teatro Studio Borgna, Auditorium, Rome, April 23, 2016
(photo: spaziofermo)

Angelo Adamo Teatro Studio Borgna, Auditorium, Rome, April 23, 2016 (photo: spaziofermo)

Angelo Adamo
Teatro Studio Borgna, Auditorium, Rome, April 23, 2016
(photo: spaziofermo)

Orchestra di Flauti del Conservatorio di Musica Santa Cecilia Flutes Galore Teatro Studio Borgna, Auditorium, Rome, April 23, 2016 (photo: spaziofermo)

Orchestra di Flauti del Conservatorio di Musica Santa Cecilia
Flutes Galore
Teatro Studio Borgna, Auditorium, Rome, April 23, 2016
(photo: spaziofermo)

Orchestra di Flauti del Conservatorio di Musica Santa Cecilia Flutes Galore Teatro Studio Borgna, Auditorium, Rome, April 23, 2016 (photo: spaziofermo)

Orchestra di Flauti del Conservatorio di Musica Santa Cecilia
Flutes Galore
Teatro Studio Borgna, Auditorium, Rome, April 23, 2016
(photo: spaziofermo)

Orchestra di Flauti del Conservatorio di Musica Santa Cecilia Eugenio Colombo Teatro Studio Borgna, Auditorium, Rome, April 23, 2016 (photo: spaziofermo)

Orchestra di Flauti del Conservatorio di Musica Santa Cecilia
Eugenio Colombo
Teatro Studio Borgna, Auditorium, Rome, April 23, 2016
(photo: spaziofermo)

Orchestra di Flauti del Conservatorio di Musica Santa Cecilia Franz Albanese Teatro Studio Borgna, Auditorium, Rome, April 23, 2016 (photo: spaziofermo)

Orchestra di Flauti del Conservatorio di Musica Santa Cecilia
Franz Albanese
Teatro Studio Borgna, Auditorium, Rome, April 23, 2016
(photo: spaziofermo)

Orchestra di Flauti del Conservatorio di Musica Santa Cecilia Franz Albanese Teatro Studio Borgna, Auditorium, Rome, April 23, 2016 (photo: spaziofermo)

Orchestra di Flauti del Conservatorio di Musica Santa Cecilia
Franz Albanese
Teatro Studio Borgna, Auditorium, Rome, April 23, 2016
(photo: spaziofermo)

Napoleon Murphy Brock Teatro Studio Borgna, Auditorium, Rome, April 23, 2016 (photo: spaziofermo)

Napoleon Murphy Brock
Teatro Studio Borgna, Auditorium, Rome, April 23, 2016
(photo: spaziofermo)

Napoleon Murphy Brock Teatro Studio Borgna, Auditorium, Rome, April 23, 2016 (photo: spaziofermo)

Napoleon Murphy Brock
Teatro Studio Borgna, Auditorium, Rome, April 23, 2016
(photo: spaziofermo)

Napoleon Murphy Brock Teatro Studio Borgna, Auditorium, Rome, April 23, 2016 (photo: spaziofermo)

Napoleon Murphy Brock
Teatro Studio Borgna, Auditorium, Rome, April 23, 2016
(photo: spaziofermo)

I Virtuosi dal Pianeta Talento Orchestra di Flauti del Conservatorio di Musica Santa Cecilia Franz Albanese Napoleon Murphy Brock Teatro Studio Borgna, Auditorium, Rome, April 23, 2016

I Virtuosi dal Pianeta Talento
Orchestra di Flauti del Conservatorio di Musica Santa Cecilia
Franz Albanese
Napoleon Murphy Brock
Teatro Studio Borgna, Auditorium, Rome, April 23, 2016

I Virtuosi dal Pianeta Talento blurred brass section Teatro Studio Borgna, Auditorium, Rome, April 23, 2016 (photo: spaziofermo)

I Virtuosi dal Pianeta Talento
blurred brass section
Teatro Studio Borgna, Auditorium, Rome, April 23, 2016
(photo: spaziofermo)

Carlo Amberti - I Virtuosi dal Pianeta Talento Teatro Studio Borgna, Auditorium, Rome, April 23, 2016 (photo: spaziofermo)

Carlo Amberti – I Virtuosi dal Pianeta Talento
Teatro Studio Borgna, Auditorium, Rome, April 23, 2016
(photo: spaziofermo)

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