A traveling circus from Barcelona. Two guys and a dozen instruments.
ZA! are: PAPA DUPAU (guitar, trumpet, kalimba, perc, voc) and SPAZZFRICA EHD (dr, perc, keys, fx, clarinet, voc)
This multilayer supersonic-orchestra combines African beats, noise, math rock, vocal-loops, free jazz, analogue electronics, sounds from the shepherds of Tuva, Balinese polyrhythms, Mauritanian trip hop, Dadaism, distortion, dance and drones – “POST WORLDMUSIC” may be the name of this danceable hybrid.
ZA! – that means countless shows on the highest energetic level, including international festivals (SXSW, Primavera Sound, Sonar Festival, Tanned Tin, Fusion Festival), art performances, tours in UK, USA, Spain, Portugal and Germany. They played with noisebands (Lightning Bolt, ZU, Yellow Swans), rockbands (El Guincho, Delorean, Agent Robbons, Mark Eitzel) or freejazz artists (Peter Brötzmann, Paal Nilssen Love), because they love sharing stages with other musicians and creating new music altogether. PAPA DUPAU and SPAZZFRICA EHD have performed improvised and unique shows along with Damo Suzuki (Can), Angel Deradoorian (Dirty Projectors), Les Aus or Nisei. When the audience didn’t stare stunned at the stage or had their faces clenched in joy, they just danced.
Live the ZA!-protagonists are connected through their music, they become one body. The physical is neither surface nor underground - it is scope, structure and instrument. A perfect balance between control of gestures and uncontrolled emotions.
The two Catalans have released two albums so far - their last genre blending Asia-record “Macumba o Muerte” was rated as one of the best albums of the century by Rockdelux, the main Spanish indie magazine, and was awarded by the “Spanish Independent Label Union”. ZA!’s third album MEGAFLOW will be released by Discorporate, Acuarela and Gandula.
Subnormal energy on two vinyls with amazing artwork (each song has a miniature landscape as a map). A whirlwind of colors. Virtuosic euphoria. Living intuition. Musical explosion. Coltrane, Africa, Asia, Fugazi, Tortoise, Ruins, Stravinsky, Battles… or in this weird package just ZA!
released March 25, 2011
(c)+(p) 2011 Discorporate Records
Written and performed by ZA!
Recorded & Mixed by Santi Garcia
Mastered by Jeff Lipton (Battles, Lightning Bolt, Arcade Fire)
Artwork by ZA!