the appollonicon

The Appollonicon took part in the Buff / Zappa tribute concert in Rancho Cucamonga, ca, usa on 2005/07/30. They played Frank Zappa's ‘Peaches en Regalia’ in addition to other original compositions.

The press release said:

"The Appollonicon was formed in 1978 by guitarist Jonathan Rothe. Already an avid composer, Rothe was in attendance when Zappa and the Mothers premiered “Billy the Mountain” with Flo and Eddie at the Claremont Colleges in 1971. Inspired by the orchestral and jazz influences Zappa was incorporating, the Appollonicon was a busy band during the 80’s heyday of fusion jazz. The Appollonicon appeared weekly at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach, Hop Singh’s in Marina del Rey, The Coffee Emporium, and most frequently at the Comeback Inn in Venice. Jon's music with the Appollonicon was used in several videos and on NBC's "On Campus," which did a feature on Jon and his music. During this period Rothe wrote an orchestral piece, Back Azimuth, for the Cal State LA Chamber Orchestra, then under the direction of Andrew Levin. He also composed a four movement symphonic piece for his senior project at the University of La Verne, which featured the Appollonicon performing with full orchestra.

The band is reuniting for this event, and will include Rothe on guitar and keyboards; drummer Tony Sandell’ marimba/steel pan player Steve Biondo; vibist/percussionist Chris Stevens; percussionist Harold Van Lommel; and bassists Victor Patron and Porte’ Walls. The Appollonicon gets its name from the early 1800’s multi-keyboard/multi-player instrument of the same name."



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