Ali N. Askin

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"From 1991-93, Askin was Frank Zappa's assistant for the project The Yellow Shark (with the Ensemble Modern). He continues to work with the Zappa Family Trust in Los Angeles. For example, he arranged and transcribed Zappa's compositions and recordings to create an evening-length concert program The Adventures of Greggery Peccary and Other Persuasions (for the Ensemble Modern with Péter Eötvös, Omar Ebrahim and David Moss), which has been performed to acclaim in many European cities. For the Holland Festival in 2000, he reconstructed the original scores of the orchestral pieces in Zappa's legendary film 200 Motels, which had never before been performed 'live' in this form."