About Z.E.R.O. /// Z.E.R.O. History
Z.E.R.O. is based out of Seattle, WA and was formed in 2012 to explore the potential of the ukulele in Frank's music. It has since grown from that early concept into something far larger.
What began as a joke and a challenge involving Frank's music and the ukulele, quickly acquired a momentum of its own. The first gig was booked before the band had a name. (Just the idea of FZ's music being performed on the ukulele seems to make people laugh.) One thing led to another, and in the spring of 2015, Z.E.R.O. released their 'Money? What Money? CD on Cordelia Records.
As 2022 rolls around, Z.E.R.O. has literally dozens of contributors*, 5 full length CDs and has been included on 7 compilation CDs of Frank's music. The band has performed with many Zappa alumni at the leading Zappa festivals in Europe and managed to do a short tour of the Pacific NW every year or so featuring former members of the Zappa band as guest artists.
*Z.E.R.O. Alumni to date: Kevin Crosby - founder, myriad things with strings, narration, production etc. // Rupert Kettle - many stringed instruments // Prairie Prince - drums // Ike Willis - vox, guitar // Randy Hansen - Guest Lead Guitar //Ted Clifford - keyboards // Alli Bach - Vox, Harmonica // Roger Steen - Guest Lead Guitar, Vocals, Harmonica // Candy Zappa-Porter - Guest Vocals // Craig Twister Steward - vox, harmonica // Shawn Brockman - saxophones // Geoff Pointer - bari sax // Niklas Lychou & Magnus Liljqvist (MagNiFZnt) - acoustic guitars & vox // Sandro Oliva - guitar // Denny Walley - Guest Vocals & Slide Guitar // Eric Trøim - guitar // Steffen and Marga Schindler - vox // Mark Watson - vocals // Spyke Chunga Watson - ambience // Rob Mitchell - drum rendering // Rob Morgan - vox, kazoo // Baby Cheevers aka Joey Kline - vox // Michael Wansley - vox // Juliana Brandon - vox // Cathy Sorbo - vox // Andrew Greenaway - voice overs // Bruce Laven - piano // Marty Ross - guitar, mandolin // Tom Burnett - guitar // Clinton Morgan - ukulele // Armin Beck - percussion, brass // Hermann Schindler - audio assembly, digital wizardry // Mick Zeuner - 6 & 12 string guitar // Karen Luke Fildes - turkey baster, WX synth // Fred Händl - piano // Matt Fox - Guitar // Pierpaolo Romani - clarinet & bass clarinet, Andrea Pennati - classical guitar // Joe Trump - drums // Johnny Greene - Drums // Jimmy Thomas - electric guitar // John Parkinson - drums // Jeff Weideman - guitar // Christiane Seebach - vox // Andreas Steinhardt - vox & guitar // John Webb - fiddle // Rick Dybvad - vox // Ric Penttila - trumpet /// J.F.I.C.: Pete Brunelli, Kirsten Schmidt and more... /// tech: Conrad Uno - engineer/ Chris von Sneidern - engineer, Steve Turnidge - engineer/ Drew Bristow - graphics /// Martin Taylor, Frank Reimann - Z.E.R.O. Focus Group // and counting...