Hector Zazou is a prolific French composer and record producer who has worked with, produced, and collaborated with an international array of recording artists. He has worked on his own and other artists' albums, including Sandy Dillon, Mimi Goese, Barbara Gogan, Sevara Nazarkhan, Carlos Nuñez, Italian group PGR, Anne Grete Preux, Laurence Revey, and Sainkho since 1976.
Long-time collaborators include trumpeter Mark Isham; guitarist Lone Kent; cellist and singer Caroline Lavelle; trumpeter Christian Lechevretel, who has appeared on all of Zazou's albums after Sahara Blue; clarinetist and flutist Renaud Pion, who has appeared on all of Zazou's albums since Les Nouvelles Polyphonies Corses; drummer Bill Rieflin; and Japanese recording artist Ryuichi Sakamoto.
His discography demonstrates his affinity for cross-cultural collaborations, and incorporating modern techniques and sounds in re-recordings of traditional material. He was influenced by Peter Gabriel's album Passion in his fusion...
Track listing: Annukka Suaren Neito (feat. Värttina)Vísur Vatnsenda-Rósu (feat. Björk)The Long Voyage (feat. Suzanne Vega & John Cale)Havet Stormar (feat. Lena Willemark)Adventures in the Scandinavian Skin Trade (feat. Vimme Saari)She's Like a Swallow (feat. Jane Siberry)The Lighthouse (feat. Siouxsie)Oran na Maighdean Mhara (feat. Catherine-Ann MacPhee)Yaisa Maneena (feat. Tokiko Kato)Iacoute Song (feat. Lioudmila Khandi)Song of the Water (feat. Elisha Kilabuk & Koomoot Nooveya)
Track listing: I'll Strangle You (feat. Anneli Drecker & Gérard Depardieu)First Evening (feat. John Cale)Ophélie (feat. Dominique Dalcan)Lines (feat. Barbara Gogan)Youth (feat. Brendan Perry & Lisa Gerrard)Hapolot Kenym (feat. Samy Birnbach & Sussan Deihim)Hunger (feat. John Cale)Sahara Blue (Brussels) (feat. Barbara Gogan)Amdyaz (feat. Khaled & Malka Spigel)Black Stream (feat. Lisa Gerrard)Harar et les Gallas (feat. Ketema Mekonn)Lettre au Directeur des Messageries Maritimes (feat. Richard Bohringer & Sussan Deihim)