"Zu formed in Rome in 1997, where they began as composers and players for theatre performances. The band is composed of three members: Luca Mai on baritone saxophone , Massimo Pupillo on bass and Jacopo Battaglia on drums . The band have released thirteen albums , including a live album and two splits, and played in festivals in Europe and America. In 2006 the band toured with the Fantômas Melvins Big Band, a superband which is a fusion of Fantomas and the Melvins.
The band are members of the italian folk-jazz group Ardecore .
The band's music is a fusion of hardcore punk , free jazz and noise rock . Zu's style, despite changes over the years, is improvisation-based, with hardcore-like rhythmic sections and free-jazz based saxophone solos.
One constant element in Zu's music is collaboration, and many of the band's albums are billed as collaborations with a guest musician (such as Mats Gustafsson , Eugene Chadbourne , and Nobukazu Takemura ). Often, a collaborator will join them at live performances as well. Members of the band also collaborate with other musical projects, most of which exist only as live performances.
John Zorn described the band as creating "a powerful and expressive music that totally blows away what most bands do these days"" -GAMH.