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Gérard Hourbette has died

Art Zoyd announce director and composer Gérard Hourbette died on 4 May aged 64

Veteran French progressive rock outfit Art Zoyd have announced the death of director and composer Gérard Hourbette. He was 64. Also a violinist, electroacoustic composer, writer and poet, Hourbette was influenced by the work of Iannis Xenakis, Pierre Henry, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Luciano Berio. He joined Art Zoyd in 1971, and collaborated with choreographers including Roland Petit on The Marriage Of Heaven And Hell and Karole Armitage on Schrödinger’s Cat. “He managed to make Art Zoyd Studios, located in Valenciennes in the Hauts-de-France region, a unique place, with artists’ residencies, a permanent centre for musical creation, a space for the gestation of new works and teaching the art of composition with a constant effort to confront it with other art forms,” says the joint statement from his widow Monique and Art Zoyd Studios.