Stubbornly free from genre classification, Italian trio Zu have been proud to follow their own musical pathways for some twenty years now.
Zu have been broadly questioning and evolving their musical identity , developing their musical vocabulary with every release and collaboration, never allowing their personal and creative freedom to be suffocated by imposed structures and labels. All of their strongest inspirations and artistic reference points have produced a very varied output, evolving (sonically speaking) from one album to another in their respective musical canon. Zu ’s musical language has changed a lot over the years, yet the essence very much remains the same.
Throughout their highly diverse career the band has cultivated the art of collaboration, joining forces with luminaries such as Mike Patton, Damo Suzuki, Mats Gustafsson, King Buzzo of the Melvins, David Tibet, FM Einheit of Einstuerzende Neubauten Jessica Moss of Thee Silver Mt Zion, Thurston Moore, Jim O’ Rourke, Mats Gustafsson, Eugene Robinson of Oxbow, Gabe Serbian of The Locust , just to name a few, but also collaborating with director Romeo Castellucci of legendary avant-garde theatre company Societas Raffaello Sanzio .
15 releases, more than 2000 concerts, and ongoing.
Belgian experimental sludge band GURA have been around since 2004. With only bass and drums laying out the blueprint of their music, they had a surprisingly rich musical vocabulary, adding mathematical and abstract (poly)rhythms to the mix. In 2014 GURA teams up with Ludo, a long-time Zorn-esque free jazz saxophone blower and vocalist, who immediately tuned in to the nobarriers vortex of controlled noise and structured chaos, opening the gates to aural multiverses of yet unknown power and frantic brink-ofmadness cacophony. With the duo expanded to a trio, they shaped their new album ‘Caligura’ showing the world the two sides of GURA: the first part of the album is a hectic soup of underground sound, an amalgamation of precise mathematical computing and spontaneous emotional melodies, supercharged with negative energy and an alldestroying rage towards the whole of creation. The second part brings a nearly unending chain of misanthropic doom riffs, a sullen mindscape that predicts nothing but the sense of barren isolation.