Don Preston

Wednesday / September 26, 2007 / 2:00 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
United States

This event is not open to the public. A Berklee ID will be required for entry.

An original member of the Mothers of Invention, Don Preston has played with everyone from Nat King Cole, Elvin Jones, and Lou Rawls to Carla Bley, Meredith Monk, The Residents, Jack Bruce, and Robbie Krieger

Preston was there for the dawn of electronic musical performance and has used every generation of sound design tools, starting with his own contraptions. As one of the first people-- if not the first-- to add synthesis to live rock performance since the early 60s, he helped take the Zappa/Mothers into uncharted musical territories.

Preston’s experience gives him a unique perspective on using synthesis, musique concrete, and sampling. And his stylistic and technology range keeps expanding. He currently composes and performs with the Grandmothers, a group based around ex-Mothers, and the Akashic Ensemble.

Always edge-pushing and still spry as he embarks on a tour to celebrate his 75th birthday, Preston will be a featured performer at the Zappanale festival and Moogfest.