chato segerer

Bavarian guitar virtuoso Chato Segerer has performed on various Zappa-related festivals.

2012/02/10, Chato Segerer performed at the Yellow Snow Festival in Bølgen, Larvik in Norway.
He performed a solo set on the guitar. Jan Barfod sang vocals on two Beefheart tunes, and Ike Willis sat in on vocals and guitar on two Zappa tunes.
Later, during the Muffin Men concert, Chato got invited to take the stage and to join in.

The picture on the right shows Chato Segerer during his gig at the Yellow Snow Festival.
Picture by Max Schindler.

In August 2012, Chato again guested with the Muffin Men at their first-ever gig in Manchester (UK).
March 2013, he played a solo set at the Moo-Ah festival. It included a little mash-up with Ke from ZAPPATiKA on violin.

Chato recorded 'Stolen Moments' as a duet with Lukas Kollroß on the "On Broadway - Covers Of Invention" CD (Cordelia Records, CD054).

Chato Segerer (and his band MILPH) opened for Doctor Nerve at the 'Cairo' club in Würtburg, Germany on 2013 05 21. 

2014 saw Chato Segerer participating in The Crosswalkers, a band that plays funky / jazzy instrumental versions of Beatles tunes.


  various artists: on broadway - covers of invention
    (2013, cd, uk, cordelia records)

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  various artists: rare episodes
    (2014, cd, uk, cordelia) - all compositions by frank zappa
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  the crosswalkers: funkin' up the beatles
    (2015, cd, ger, private release)
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  chato!: prog fusion with balls
    (2015, cd, ger, wavemen records) - includes a zappa tease
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  chato!: so und nicht anders
    (2017, cd, ger, time-zone) - includes 'let's move to cleveland' (frank zappa)
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  the crosswalkers: get to get back the beatles
    (2017, cd, ger, private release)
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  hildegard lernt fliegen: zappanale 28
    (2017, dvdr, ger, private release / arf society) - feat. chato (on conducting / dancing)
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  various artists: i walked out into thenight and the vegetables began to howl
    (2019, cd, uk, cordelia) = sampler including chato segerer, spanner jazz punks and the zappatistas
  alex's hand: hungarian spa
    (2019, cd, ger, private release) - feat. chato segerer as special guest
  chato!: live in the studio session 2018
    (2020, download, --, bandcamp) - includes 'in memoriam, frank zappa', a frank zappa tribute
  chato!: icky qualms (tim smith fundraiser)
    (2020, download, --, bandcamp)
  chato!: live at zappanale #28
    (2020, download, --, bandcamp) - incl. 'let's move to cleveland' (frank zappa)
  chato!: marque-son's chicken (live)
    (2021, download, --; bandcamp) = marque-son's chicken (frank zappa)





2013 07


Yesterday, I was told that Chato Segerer would be playing at the Zappanale Festival. I've known Chato for a couple of years and I'm amazed about his musical ability and his good taste in music.
So let's give this excellent news a bit of extra flavour with a short interview.

UniMuta: Chato, Facebook says that you will be performing at Zappanale this year. Can you give us some details about what, where and when?

Chato Segerer: I will play on the Mystery Stage of this year's Zappanale on Sunday, 4pm till 5pm. I will also play with Jazzprojekt Hundehagen (same stage, same day). I don't know the exact time, but they are the very last band of Zappanale #24.
In my solo show you will hear Zappa songs (sing-along tracks & otherwise), at least one Beefheart number and 3 of my original compositions (including a never-played-before track 'cause it was written in late April). I will entertain you with my guitar/keyboard skills, occasionally with backing tracks I recorded/programmed myself.
My gig at Zappanale was confirmed last Friday, so my name will be mentioned, but without any info/photos. Maybe they put the info on their website, though.

UniMuta: You have performed solo at the Yellow Snow Festival in Larvik in 2012, you played a solo set at the Moo-Ah Festival in the UK a couple of months ago, and more recently you opened with your band MILPH for Doctor Nerve. Is playing with a band the new direction that you want to take?

Chato Segerer: I also played a solo set at the Freakshow Artrock Festival in Würzburg in October and as opening act for the Muffin Men in Manchester in August 2012...
Yeah, definitely. It was never my plan to do solo shows BTW. The organisers of the Yellow Snow Festival approached me from out of the blue and asked if I could play a show at their festival. I didn´t have a band and I didn´t have a show (yet), so these guys really had much belief in my talent/abilities and they weren't disappointed. My career really started there, without them I would still be some guy who only plays guitar in his room, so thank you Eric and Jan! As for a band, I always wanted to make my own band, but I couldn´t find the right people who (1) like this kinda music (2) can play this music and (3) WANT to play this music...until now! Unfortunately I have to find new people soon cause I will be too far away from them (I will study guitar rock/pop in Osnabrück in September).
Playing with backing tracks is (economically) fine, but it´s nothing like "I can do this till I die, I´ll never need a band". I like a band more (and the audience probably too).

UniMuta: The first time that we met, a couple of years ago at Zappanale, I could immediately tell that you really like Panzerballet. (note: Chato was wearing the Panzerballet cable rasta wig) Can you tell us a bit more about that?

Chato Segerer: I heard of them when they were announced for Zappanale #19, but I missed their performance. A year later I checked them out and I liked it immediately. In the timespan of 4 weeks, I bought all three albums (now they have 4) and saw them live twice. It's complex as hell, it has groove, it has humour and I never thought Jazz and Metal could fit so good together; it´s so refreshing! I auditioned as their 2nd guitar player in March 2010 and they invited me to their rehearsal space. They thought I was too young for the job (I was 19), but they were amazed that I could play this complex music. They still recognize me, especially Jan Zehrfeld (who announced me everytime I was in the audience).

UniMuta: That's great.
(note: check out Chato's version of Black Sabbath's 'Paranoid', arranged by Jan Zehrfeld of Panzerballet here:
Chato, You've been to Zappanale a couple of times. Can you explain why Zappanale is so much fun, and could you share your favourite moment with us?

Chato Segerer: For me Zappanale is more than hearing live bands playing Zappa. It's a location to discover bands and to hear bands you know but would never come to Germany if there wasn´t a Zappanale (e.g. Ed Palermo Big Band). And over the years I've met so many great people from all around the world...I'm glad that this festival exists!
Favourite moment? Top 3 (no order): 1. Meeting the Zappateers (ZN 21) 2. Winning 1st prize of the Zappa quiz (ZN 21) 3. Being on the truckstage jamming one night and playing with Jazzprojekt Hundehagen the other night (ZN 22).

UniMuta: I saw a part of that jam with Michael Käckenmeister (from Jazzprojekt Hundehagen). Count me in. I'll be there.

Chato Segerer will be playing at Zappanale Mystery Stage on Sunday, August 4, 2013. He'll play a solo set in the afternoon (16:00 h) and he'll sit in with Jazzprojekt Hundehagen (the final Mystery Stage concert, on Sunday evening).



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