Frank Camiola played the guitar in Frogg Cafe. His latest project (2006) is called "Carboard Amanda".
The story goes like this:
LEAVER RECORDS RELEASES IT'S FIRST BORN: "CARDBOARD AMANDA"
rarely culminate so succinctly as evidenced in the case of Francois Louie
Camille, Christof Christofovich Tuninsky and Dee Harris - all masterful
musicians and scholars of the absurd. Here, in what will be the first in a
series of releases from Liar Leaver Records, is a truly remarkable and stunning
work of beauty and imagination entitled Cardboard Amanda. This music was
inspired by the true story of a brilliant scientist and inventor Dr. Amanda
Mueller's complete fall into madness that ended in her suicide (she literally
threw herself away in the trash).
Louie Camille, a musicologist, composer and botanist, first discovered the
fascinating details of the Mueller case before leaving his home in French
Algiers for the United States in 1997. "I had become obsessed with this
story and decided to lay the ground work for a musical project that would help
to illustrate the various pathos inherent in the demise of this woman's life and
subsequent death. I knew that in order for the project to take shape, I would
need to contact my old friend Tuninsky whom I had met at the Tbilisi Music
Conservatory in Georgia in 1987 to help me bring the project to life".
Christof Christofovich Tuninsky, an Olympic silver medal Belarusian gymnast
(1977) and renowned scholar of the works of obscure Russian composer Oleg
Vronsky, had been contacted by Camille after arriving in New York on a student
visa. Tuninsky, himself a pianist and woodwind specialist found time to
contribute to the project while working as a day laborer. Dee Harris, a personal
friend of Tuninsky and an expert on the music of India, is himself an eclectic
musician and solo artist. Harris contributed his outstanding and diverse
musicianship to this very interesting musical project.
result of this collaboration is a strange journey through dissonant and
beautiful musical landscapes that are so often intertwined with an unsettling
eeriness. Musical textures take on an almost schizophrenic personality. There is
startling poetry written by Dr. Mueller herself, performed by a certain Cecil
Grungard, himself a beneficiary of Dr. Muellers voice box (the Epsilon 327) that
she herself had surgically implanted in his larynx.
very diverse compositions are sometimes complicated and require an alert ear in
order to appreciate the many rhythmical intricacies created. The variety of
musical sonorities blended together give an unexpected, uneasy feel that
ultimately lends itself to a gratifying cacophony of sound and fury.
Amanda is a very unique and fascinating listen that should not be missed under
any circumstance by the open-minded listener on the lookout for a new musical