Zoo was a progressive rock/zeuhl band that was founded by two ex-members of Magma, Yochk’o Seffer (saxophone, clarinet) and François Cahen (piano). The band was active from 1971 to 1994 and released six studio albums. In 1976, Magma violinist Didier Lockwood also joined the band and appeared on their albums Kawana and Live!
Zoo was known for their unique fusion of jazz, rock, and world music, which was heavily influenced by the zeuhl style pioneered by Magma.
The band’s music often featured complex rhythms, dissonant harmonies, and unconventional instrumentation, including saxophone, clarinet, piano, and percussion.
Zoo’s most popular albums include “Trilogie”, “Zoo”, and “Kawana”, which are considered classics of the zeuhl genre.
In addition to their studio recordings, Zoo was also known for their energetic live performances, which often included elaborate stage costumes and theatrical elements.
After the band disbanded in 1994, Yochk’o Seffer and François Cahen continued to pursue solo careers in music, while Didier Lockwood became a prominent jazz violinist before his untimely death in 2018.