Hector Zazou, the French composer, producer, and arranger whose work crossed boundaries from rock to classical to various global styles to electronic music and back again, passed away earlier this week. Zazou made the most of his 60 years, collaborating widely (with, to name a few, Bjork, Nico, Mark Isham, John Cale, Jon Hassell, Manu Dibango, Peter Gabriel, Brian Eno, David Sylvian, and Ryuichi Sakamoto) and creating a well-loved body of work that will likely see a boost in profile thanks to his passing. This year alone he’d already issued Corps électriques and has another CD on Crammed, In the House of Mirrors, featuring the Indian-Uzbekestani quartet Swara, performing a subtly electronics-enhanced variant on classical Asian music. Zazou was 60.
Hector Zazou, R.I.P.
Sep 10th, 2008 // 3 Comments