Prominent French composer and renowned world music producer Hector Zazou died Monday morning in a French hospital. He had fallen seriously ill earlier this year and was forced to cancel several performances during the summer. Hector Zazou was 60 years old.
Zazou was a legendary figure in contemporary French music. He was born in Algeria, the son of a French father and a Spanish mother. Zazou was an open minded and gifted musician who was comfortable working with classical, ambient electronic, pop, and world music. Some of the musicians he collaborated with include Björk, Peter Gabriel, Brian Eno, Laurie Anderson, John Hassell, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Carlos Núñez, Khaled, Lisa Gerrard, John Cale, Siouxsie, Bill Rieflin, Manu Dibango, David Sylvian, Suzanne Vega, Peter Buck, Robert Fripp, Jane Birkin, and Lisa Germano.
Zazou had recently worked with Peter Buck, Robert Fripp and others to form Slow Music. His most recently completed album, 'In The House Of Mirrors', is due for release imminently.