alan zavod had been playing keyboards for jean-luc ponty before joining fz.
i saw an old x-rated movie from the late 70's early 80's called, "a
taste of money" staring constance money, the girl who played the neighbor
in the movie "10"...anyway...the credits listed alan zavod as the
musical director and composer.
the ufo movie communion, directed in 1989 by phillipe mora and starring
christopher walken, has music by 'allan zaphod'. the same guy?
alan zavod is living in melbourne, australia (his home town), variously
playing in a tribute band (zappa instrumentaal) and as a jazz pianist at jazz
clubs. i remember an article about
a year ago in which zavod put himself on the market as a 'composer for hire'.
jan van kemenade sez:
alan zavod plays on jean-luc
ponty's 'live' album ('79).
from: email@example.com (charles ulrich)
alan has been pretty busy as a film composer. here's what the internet movie
from: firstname.lastname@example.org (alistair clarke) - date: 29 oct 1997
allan was in town a couple of months ago to see a play that he'd written the
music for. (a version of 'the hobbit' using puppetery) some friends met him at
the opening night reception and he asked to sit in. apparently james, (the bass
player) was sweating all over the keyboard trying to keep up. they played 'on
green dolphin st' at some tempo well over 220. he's working on tv on a show
called "good morning australia".
allan has recorded two solo albums and working on the third called classic
hymns volumes I,II,III. you can
find out more by going to:
from: byron scaf (email@example.com)
not only has he been busy as a film composer (about 30 australian and
american film and t.v. scores according to article i read).
it said he wrote the score for award winning childrens film by scott
hicks the director of the movie "shine" and for the movie
"communion", he wrote the score, eric clapton wrote the opening theme.
according to the "oxford companion to australian music" which
has a section on allan zavod. he
represented australia in the asia song contest in the late 80's and won with a
song sung by famous australian singer kate ceberano.
he is also in the "penguin guide to jazz" for recordings with
billy cobham and jean-luc ponty.
there is a c.d. available called "music for australia 1988" in it
there is a speech from h.r.h prince charles, some other music and allan
performing some of a fusion piano concerto he wrote for australia day at the
i saw a t.v. interview in adelaide last year when he wrote a trumpet concerto
for james morrison written for orchestra and jazz trio. according to my
australian source he has since been commissioned to write several more for other
well known soloists.
allan has been in arizona working on a project for gordie hormel of hormel spam fame. he's also doing a beneift concert tonight for a private school in provo, ut. 7:30 p.m. 300 n. 900 east. (1/22/00)