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Massimo Pupillo is a bass player and composer, originally from Rome, Italy.

He ’s mostly known as a founding member of Zu, with whom he released some 15 albums ( and lots of singles and compilations) on international labels like House Of Mythology, Ipecac, etc

In parallel with Zu he has kept a very open and curious ethos which brings him to collaborate often with musicians and artists coming from very different paths: from classical music with the incredible piano duo of Katia and Marielle Labeque, to contemporary music with electronic music pioneer Alvin Curran of Musica Elettronica Viva, from rock icons like Mike Patton to experimental music figures like FM Einheit of Einstuerzende Neubauten, David Tibet of Current 93, Stephen O’Malley of Sunn O))), Oren Ambarchi, etc., to freejazz heavyweights like Peter Brötzmann or Toshinori Kondo.

He also wrote music for feature films and for the experimental theatre company Societas Raffaello Sanzio directed by Romeo Castellucci , and for contemporary dance company Dewey Dell.

He released more than 70 albums and played more than 3000 concerts all over the planet.

Notably in 2016 he has worked with Katia Labeque and David Chalmin, performing live with Bryce and Aaaron Dessner of The National and Bon Iver at the Paris Phiarmonie.

Current projects:


“Zu93″ with David Tibet

Mats Gustafsson Nu Ensemble “Heal”

URUK with ThighPaulSandra ( Coil)

BECOMING ///ANIMAL with Gordon Sharp of Cindytalk

Laniakea with Daniel O’Sullivan (Sunn o)), Ulver, Grumbling Fur ) and Jessica Moss ( A Silver Mt. Zion)

“Moondog” with Katia Labeque, David Chalmin, Raphael Seguiner.

Duo with Stefano Pilia ( Mike Watt, David Grubbs, Rokia Traorè)

Duo with FM Einheit (Einsturzende Neubauten)

Duo with Tony Buck ( The Necks )


Label: Trost Records, Oltrarno Raw

Available: Generally available

Territories: Europe