Hector Zazou 1948-2008

 

Collaborator with Bjork,
Gabriel, Eno and many others will be missed.

By Fred Mills

 

 

Innovative French composer-musician Hector Zazou died
yesterday (September 8) in a French hospital from unspecified causes.
Apparently he’d been battling an illness for sometime, but there’s no word just
yet what it was; after falling more seriously ill earlier this year he had to
cancel a number of dates that had been scheduled for the summer.

 

 Zazou, who’d
collaborated with everyone from Bjork, Peter Gabriel, Brian Eno, John Cale,
David Sylvian and Siouxsie Sioux, was 60. A spokesperson
from his record label Crammed, says: “He will be hugely missed.”
A post at his MySpace page read thusly:

 

 

 

WE ARE VERY SAD TO
ANNOUNCE THAT HECTOR ZAZOU PASSED AWAY ON THE MORNING OF SEPTEMBER 8TH.
AN AMAZING MUSICIAN IS GONE, AN EXTRAORDINARY MAN IS GONE.

 

 

 

Born in Algeria
in 1948 of French and Spanish parents, Zazou was known as a innovator in
multiple realms – classical and avant-garde, worldbeat and electronica, and –
as evidenced by that list of musicians, above – rock. Earlier this year he
released Corps électriques while due later this year is In The
House of Mirrors
, a collaboration with Indian-Uzbekestani outfit Swara.

 

 

To
hear some of Zazou’s entrancing music, including previews of the Mirrors
album, go
to his MySpace page.

 

 

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