Za!

Za!

 Barcelona, Catalonia, ESP
BandAlternativeAvant-garde

Considered as one of the best Spanish bands of the XXIst century, Za! is a full-energized mixture of noise, african rythms, loops, free-jazz, tuvan voices, minimalism, maximalism, all in one of the most interesting live acts in Europe. Best seen live! Only two people on stage sounding like an army.

Biography

Two people in front of your eyes, yet a transoceanic, futuristically primitive orchestra in
your ears. Spazzfrica Ehd & Papa duPau, the duet from Barcelona known as ZA!, keep on their post-world music conquest with their best album so far: WANANANAI.

Established in Barcelona (Spain), their compositions vary from ancestral melodies to free-jazz, noise, psychedelia, african rythms, the songs of the shepherds of Tuva, Monty Python, Math/drone/post-rock or even analog electronics. And a high percentage of that amalgam has to be displayed thru each single song, on and off-stage.

Always acclaimed by their intense, ever-changing live sets (best live band in Spain according to many national magazines), ZA! have recorded an album that stands for
their shows and will even surprise their fans with new sonorities and beats. Almost 60 minutes of unrelenting and rythmically wicked music hard to label: Battles being more
organic, Lightning Bolt being more harmonic, Animal Collective being more aggressive, Steve Reich being less serious.

WANANANAI is a compendium of genres hard to imagine and hard to explain without the listening experience. Spazzfrica Ehd & Papa duPau have extended their musical
spectrum, adding Cuban jazz vibes mixed with post-rock (as in El Calentito), Jamaican dancehall mixed with grunge (like in Súbeme el Monitor), intelligent dance music mixed
with industrial noise (as in Tueste Natural), or balinese melodies mixed with Black Sabbath (as in Cha Cha Cha). They even dare to perform a hip hop song (Mr.Reality)
that could fit in the first albums of A Tribe Called Quest. And what is more suprising: it all makes sense.
After a whole listen to it, you quickly realise the unity and the singularity of this album:
WANANANAI is a statement of freedom, an hour of music that proves that experimental music can be euphorical, intense, fun, headbanging and even danceable sometimes.
The instruments in the recording are numerous: drums, guitar, keyboard, trumpet,
voices, sampler, percussion. All processed through many analog effects, recorded live loops, and played just by 2 people: Spazzfrica Ehd (drums, keyboard, percussion, voice) & Papa duPau (guitar, trumpet, sampler, voice).
WANANANAI -the fourth album in their seven years career- will be released by ZA!’s own label, Gandula, regaining total control of all the decisions. The duet has also designed all the artwork (all the text characters are figures made by their own bodies!).
WANANANAI will be co-distributed by Discorporate Records in central Europe and more labels around the world that will be announced soon.
Hiperactivity is easy to notice in ZA!’s music and also in their acts: the duet has composed this album during the last two years, combining their shows around the globe
with the making of theater plays, an exhibition at the Joan Miro Museum in Barcelona and the direction of an improvisation orchestra.

Since the release of their previous album, “Megaflow” (2011), ZA! have participated in all kinds of music festivals (they are Primavera Sound favorites participating in 4
editions of the festival, Sónar Festival favorites participating in the Sao Paulo & Barcelona editions, SXSW Texas, Fusion Fest, Eurosonic, Les Trans Musicales),
with all kinds of bands, in all kinds of countries (USA, Canada, Brazil, Russia and almost
all the western Europe), always with an excellent reception by the international press -for more information, see the “Press quotes” sheet. They have also collaborated on stage or in studio with musicians like Damo Suzuki (Can), Angel Deradoorian (Dirty Projectors) or Alex Dunham (Hoover, Regulator Watts).

All of this has been done so far. But in times of conformity, world economic threat and general fear of the future, those who call themselves ZA! have thought that the most reasonable thing is to risk it all, even more. The music in WANANANAI and the way of releasing this album is the proof of it.

Discography

-"Wanananai". 2013. Gandula / Discorporate (Germany, Austria and Swtizerland) / Valve Records (Australia, New Zeland) / The Audacious Art Experiment (UK, Ireland)

- "Megaflow". 2011, Acuarela Records / Gandula / Discorporate (Germany)

- "Macumba o Muerte" 2009, Acuarela Records (CD) / Gandula Records (vynil). Mastered by Bob Weston (Shellac)

Rated 2nd best album of 2009 in Spain (Rockdelux Magazine)
Rated one of the best 50 Spanish albums of XXIst Century (Rockdelux Magazine)
Awarded by The Independent Label Spanish Union. Best Album of Modern Music.

- "Eki eki eki Kazaam!" 2006, Practico Records.

- Compilations/singles:
2 Doropaedia Compilations (Producciones Doradas)
"Catalan Pop-Rock Music" Compilation 2009
La Colazione Compilation, 2007
Coming up on january 2011: Single Split with Nisei. "Chez Aplhonse"

Set List

All the songs mix together in a single and unique performance every night. Their shows use to last about 45 minutes, if an impro perfomance with the audience is not allowed.