Inspired by the late-'60s progressive rock of Soft Machine and Peter Gabriel, Joel Dugrenot emerged as one of the most imaginative French musicians of the late 20th century. A member of keyboardist/composer Cyrille Verdeaux's early-'70s band Clearlight, featuring King Crimson violinist David Cross and guitarist/flute player Jean-Claude d'Agostini, he went on to form Zao with electric pianist Francois Cahen and saxophone/clarinet player Yochk'o Seffer shortly after their departure from Magma in 1973. Joined by electric violinist Jean Yves Rigaud, drummer Jean Mytruong, and vocalist Mauncia Platon, the group recorded five memorable albums before disbanding in 1977. Dugrenot and Seffer also worked together in Speed Limit, a mid-'70s band led by drummer George Juda.
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