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Henry Threadgill's Zooid


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(2000 – present)

Henry Threadgill’s Zooid is a modern jazz ensemble led by flautist/saxophonist/composer Henry Threadgill, which formed in 2000 and first recorded in 2001. It has existed as a sextet and a quintet. Although frequently identified as “”, their music is heavily composed.

The lineup on This Brings Us To, Volume 1 and This Brings Us To, Volume 2 is:

They have been joined live by Christopher Hoffman on cello.

The lineup on 2005’s vinyl-only release Pop Start the Tape, Stop (recorded live in 2003) is:

Henry Threadgill - flute and hubkaphone
Liberty Ellman - guitar
Tarik Benbrahim - oud
José Davila - trombone and tuba
Dana Leong - cello
Elliot Humberto Kavee - drums

Cellist Rubin Kodheli replaced Oud player Tarik Benbrahim in 2006.

The earlier lineup on 2001’s Up Popped The Two Lips is:

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