The Band From Utopia is a group of ten musicians who for many years performed and recorded with Frank Zappa. They still play Zappa's music.
July 1994, the Jazz Open Festival was held in Stuttgart, Germany. The Band From Utopia headlined the festival.
The concert was recorded on 32 track mobile digital and also filmed for broadcast on german television. The entire band was quite excited about the idea of bringing Zappa's music live once again to the stage. Many hours of intense rehearsals were held in both Los Angeles and Stuttgart. This was the first time all of these musicians collectively had taken the same stage at the same time. Many of them began their work with zappa in the '70's and toured with the '88 band, which was Zappa's final live band.
The band has done several concerts (and a couple of recordings) since then.
the band from utopia (1st edition)
tommy mars: keyb, voc
bruce fowler: tromb
tom fowler: b
ike willis: g, voc
kurt mcgettrick: sax, flt
ed mann: perc
robert martin: keyb, voc
jay dittamo: drums
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