Zu (band)

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Zu - Trento.jpg
Background information
Origin Rome, Italy
Genres Math rock, noise rock, punk jazz, grindcore
Years active 1999–present
Website www.zuism.net
Members Luca T. Mai
Massimo Pupillo
Tomas Järmyr

Zu is an Italian instrumental experimental music group from Rome.


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 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.


Although difficult to define, Zu's style could be characterised as a fusion of math rock, heavy metal and noise rock. The music is instrumental, and features virtuosic drumming, powerful bass and distorted saxophone.

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 Mike Patton, Buzz Osbourne, Mats Gustafsson 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.


John Zorn described the band as creating "a powerful and expressive music that totally blows away what most bands do these days".

In 2009, Carboniferous was voted Album Of The Year in Rock-A-Rolla magazine's Best Of 2009 poll.


Zu live at Roadburn Festival 2017


Major collaborators[edit]


Singles and Music Videos[edit]

  • Carbon (2009)
  • Soulympics (2009)
  • Goodnight, Civilization (2014)
  • Cortar Todo (2015)


  1. ^ "Welcome Tomas Järmyr!". zuism.net. 2015-06-05. Retrieved 2016-03-19. 

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