Guitarist Mike Keneally Premieres New Piece with 52-Piece CalArts Orchestra at REDCAT

Legendary guitarist Mike Keneally, known as the former “stunt guitarist” and keyboard virtuoso in Frank Zappa’s final touring band, brings a new composition for guitar, electric piano and a 52-piece CalArts orchestra to REDCAT on Friday night.

Mike Keneally | Photo: Matt Urban

The one-night only performance of Keneally’s The Universe Will Provide marks the U.S. premiere of the work, which was originally commissioned by the Netherlands’ NPS Radio for the Metropole Orkest, and recorded by it in 2004.

Since working with Zappa, Keneally has released 20 well-reviewed recordings and has toured widely with such ax wielders as Steve Vai and Joe Satriani.

More from REDCAT about the The Universe Will Provide:

His gripping, vivid blend of orchestral timbres and a traditional fusion rhythm section also incorporates sound collages (and even adds more than a few pop-cultural and musical references from Stanley Kubrick and Wendy Carlos to Looney Tunes).

Opening the concert is a trio set by Keneally (guitar, keyboard, vocals), Rick Musallam (guitar, bass, drums, vocals) and Doug Lunn (bass, drums).

Above is a video from the the Metropole Orchestra’s performance of the piece, and below is the track Room from the work.

Room on CalArts

Mike Keneally: The Universe Will Provide
Nov. 18, 8:30 pm
Tickets: General $25, Students $20, CalArts students/faculty/staff $12

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