Zu

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Zu is an Italian instrumental experimental music band from Rome.

Their style has been described as;- Mathcore, Rock, Noise Rock, Punk Jazz, Grindcore, and Jazzcore.

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Hailing from Ostia, a town near Rome, Zu are an atypical trio made of drums, electric bass, baritone saxophone and electronics.

Formed in Rome in 1997, 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 Tomas Järmyr on drums. Zu have released fourteen albums, including two live album and two splits, and played in festivals in Europe, America, Asia and Africa. In 2006 the band toured with the Fantômas / The Melvins Big Band, a supergroup which is a fusion of Fantômas and The Melvins.

The band are members of the Italian Folk-Jazz group Ardecore.

Albums List

1) 1999 - Bromio

2) 2000 - The Zu Side of the Chadbourne

3) 2001 - Motorhellington

4) 2002 - Igneo

5) 2003 - Live in Helsinki

6) 2004 - Radiale

7) 2004 - Eccentrics, Issue #1 Hinterlandt / Zu / Can Can Heads

8) 2005 - The Way of the Animal Powers

9) 2005 - How to Raise an Ox

10) 2005 - Zu/Dälek

11) 2006 - Rai Sanawachi Koe Wo Hassu

12) 2006 - Zu/Iceburn' - PhonoMetak 10" Series No. 1

13) 2007 - Identification with the Enemy: A Key to the Underworld

14) 2008 - Il Teatro degli Orrori/Zu

15) 2008 - Zu/Xabier Iriondo/Damo Suzuki - PhonoMetak 10" Series No. 4

16) 2009 - Carboniferous

17) 2014 - Goodnight Civilization EP

18) 2014 - Zu & Eugene Robinson - The Left Hand Path

19) 2015 - Cortar Todo

20) 2015 Mûr pour le blues (feat. Benoît Blue Boy, Alain Ganne, Didier Melck, Buzz Harpo, Olivier Poumay, Pascal Rosiak, Jeff Parade, Philippe Gilbert)

21) 2017 Jhator

22) 2018 ZU93 Mirror Emperor

23) 2019 Terminalia Amazonia

Members Name Check

  • Luca T. Mai – baritone saxophone
  • Massimo Pupillo – bass
  • Tomas Järmyr – drums

Ex-Members

  • Jacopo Battaglia – drums
  • Gabe Serbian – drums

Major Collaborators

  • Eugene Chadbourne – guitar on The Zu Side of the Chadbourne and Motorhellington
  • Jeb Bishop – trombone on Igneo
  • Mats Gustafsson – saxophones on How to Raise an Ox
  • Xabier Iriondo – on Zu/Iceburn
  • Fred Lonberg-Holm – cello on The Way of the Animal Powers
  • Nobukazu Takemura – on Identification with the Enemy - A Key to the Underworld
  • Spaceways inc. – on Radiale
  • Roy Paci – trumpet on Bromio
  • Mike Patton – vocals on some live dates and Carboniferous
  • Ken Vandermark – saxophones on Igneo and Radiale
  • Buzz Osborne (The Melvins - on Carboniferous
  • Balazs Pandi - drums on 2011 tour

External Links

www.zuism.net

Zu on Ipecac Recordings

Zu/Patton on Ipecac Recordings