Z'EV

Industrial music, Musical Artist

1951 –

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Who is Z'EV?

Z'EV is an American poet, percussionist, and sound artist. After studying various world music traditions at CalArts, he began creating his own percussion sounds out of industrial materials for a variety of record labels. He is regarded as a pioneer of industrial music.

In 1983, critic Roy Sablosky wrote: “Z’EV doesn’t just break the rules, he changes them.” Journalist Louis Morra wrote in 1983: “Z’EV is a consummate example of contemporary performance art, as well as modern composition and theater.” and, “Z’EV realizes many of modernist art’s ultimate goals: primitivism, improvisation, multi-media/conjunction of art forms, the artist as direct creator.”

His work with text and sound has been influenced by Kabbalah, as well as African, Afro-Caribbean and Indonesian music and culture. He has studied Ewe music, Balinese gamelan, and Indian tala.

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Born
Feb 8, 1951
Los Angeles
Also known as
  • Z'ev
  • Stefan Joel Weisse
  • Stefan Weisser
  • uns
  • Magneet Bond
  • Yoel
  • Rax Werx
  • Stefan Joel Weisser
Nationality
  • United States of America
Education
  • California Institute of the Arts

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