Zu to return for their first Irish gigs in 9 years
Italian legends Zu will play their first Dublin gig in 9 years on Thursday June 22. They’ll be joined on the night by Jessica Moss, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra violinist & Constellation Records recording artist.
For over fifteen years, ZU’s modus operandi of straddling and abusing musical genres has resulted in over fifteen unique album releases across labels such as Ipecac, Atavistic and Headz (Japan).
Their experimental amalgam of metal, math, no-wave, noise and electronics, led acclaimed composer John Zorn to describe their sound as “a powerful and expressive music that totally blows away what most bands do these days”.
In the running for the title of ‘the world’s hardest working band’, ZU have performed over 2000 shows throughout Europe, US, Canada, Asia, Russia, Mexico and even Africa, touring with the likes of Mike Patton (as the Zu/Patton quartet), sharing the stage with Faith No More, Fantomas, The Melvins, Lightning Bolt, Sonic Youth, The Ex, etc..
Five years since their last full length on Ipecac, the critically acclaimed Carboniferous, and following a three year hiatus, ZU returned with the new full length “Cortar Todo” on Ipecac.
After years of involvement in, most notably, cult post-punk band Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, the Montreal violinist and composer Jessica Moss gives us Pools of Light her label debut for Constellation. Comprised of two side-length multi-movement compositions. inspired by Jewish heritage story telling tradition, a maqam and klezmer inflected theme runs through the album, gently blown-out solo violin layering that gradually recedes to near-silence as vocals are introduced, with Moss singing a single phrase (anchored by the song’s title) which builds up anew in careening stacked vocal loops, towards a majestic juxtaposition of dive-bombing electronics and strident melodic string excursions, ending in a tender scorched-earth crescendo.
An album of elegiac durational music at the intersection of neo-classicism, soundtrack, electronic, art-punk and avant-folk – a decidedly organic, non-academic, profoundly searching and emotive work, guided by Moss’s liner note mantra: “FEELING LOVE IN A MELTING WORLD”.
DBD Venue & U:Mack Present
7:30pm, Thursday June 22
Tickets are €15 from tickets.ie.
Zu & Jessica Moss also play:
Tuesday 20th June – Róisín Dubh, Galway
Friday 23rd June – The Limelight, Belfast