- Zu (band)
Infobox musical artist
Name = Zu
Background = group_or_band
Avant-garde Free jazz Math rock Punk jazz
Current_members = Luca Mai
Jacopo BattagliaThe Zu are an Italian
punk jazztrio from Rome.
Zu formed in Rome in 1997, where they began as composers and players for theatre performances. The band is composed of three members: Luca Mai on baritone
saxophone, Massimo Pupillo on bass and Jacopo Battaglia on drums. The band have released thirteen albums, including a live album and two splits, and played in festivals in Europe and America. In 2006 the band toured with the Fantômas Melvins Big Band, a superband which is a fusion of Fantomasand the Melvins.
The band are members of the italian folk-jazz group
The band's music is a fusion of
hardcore punk, free jazzand noise rock. Zu's style, despite changes over the years, is improvisation-based, with hardcore-like rhythmic sections and free-jazz based saxophone solos.
One constant element in Zu's music is collaboration, and many of the band's albums are billed as collaborations with a guest musician (such as
Mats Gustafsson, Eugene Chadbourne, and Nobukazu Takemura). Often, a collaborator will join them at live performances as well. Members of the band also collaborate with other musical projects, most of which exist only as live performances.
The band's album "Radiale", recorded with
Bob Weston, was placed in " The Village Voice"'s jazz poll for 2004. John Zorndescribed the band as creating "a powerful and expressive music that totally blows away what most bands do these days".
Eugene Chadbourne– guitaron "The Zu Side of the Chadbourne" and "Motorhellington"
Jeb Bishop– tromboneon "Igneo"
Mats Gustafsson– saxophones on "How to Raise an Ox"
*Xabier Iriondo – on "Zu/Iceburn"
*Fred Lomberg-Holm –
celloon "The Way of the Animal Powers"
Nobukazu Takemura– on "Identification with the Enemy - A Key to the Underworld"
*Spaceways inc. (band) – on "Radiale"
*Roy Paci –
Mike Patton– vocals on some live dates
Ken Vandermark– saxophones on "Igneo"
*"Bromio" (Wide/Southern, 1999)
*"The Zu Side of the Chadbourne" (Felmay, 2000)
*"Igneo" (Red Note/Amanita/Wide/Wallace, 2002)
*"Live in Hellsinki" (2003)
*"Radiale" (Atavistic, 2004)
*"The Way of the Animal Powers" (Xeng, 2005)
*"How to Raise an Ox" (Atavistic/Touch and Go, 2005)
*"Spiritual Healing" (Zu vs.
Dälek) (Wallace, 2005)
*"Rai Sanawachi Koe Wo Hassu" (Macaroni, 2006)
*Zu/Iceburn (split) (2006)
*"Identification with the Enemy: A Key to the Underworld" (Atavistic, 2007)
*Zu/Teatro Degli Orrori (split 10") (2007)
Damo Suzuki(10", 2008)
*Untitled album featuring
Mike Pattonon vocals (2009)
*Untitled album feat.
The Melvinson one song (2009) [According to Zu's website http://www.zuism.com/news.html]
* [http://www.zuism.com Zu official web page]
* [http://www.myspace.com/zuband Myspace]
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