Jim Machado Duo

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Blue Lamp
121 Gallowgate
Aberdeen
AB25 1BU

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Jean‐Marie Machado ‐ piano, compositions

Didier Ithursarry ‐ accordion, compositions

Jean‐Marie Machado was born in Morocco, from an Italian mother and a Portuguese father. He discovered jazz in France and studied with the French classical pianist Catherine Collard. For 25 years he has been exploring different directions in jazz, classical composition and interdisciplinary projects mingling dance, theatre, storytelling. Along the way he has collaborated with Andy Sheppard, Dave Liebman, Paolo Fresu and Naná Vasconcelos and has established himself at the first rank of the European jazz sphere and is currently in residency as an ‘affiliate composer’ at the Centre des Bords de Marne of Perreux‐sur‐Marne/Paris.

Didier Ithursarry discovered and started learning the accordion at the age of seven. Moving to Paris in 1996 he worked in collaboration with singers, on projects in theatre and in jazz, and also as a studio session musician. In 1998 he was invited by French jazz guitarist Claude Barthélémy to join his quintet Sereine. Later that year he joined the National Jazz Orchestra (ONJ) from 2002 to 2005. In 2006 he created a duo Bilika with singer and percussionist Kristof Hiriart.

In 2008, following an invitation by French singer Stéphane Sanseverino to join him on tour and winning the Gus Viseur jazz award, he met pianist composer Jean‐Marie Machado. This marked the beginning of a long and fruitful collaboration that has given rise to several musical projects including, most recently, this duo.

In accordionist Didier Ithursarry, Machado has found a like‐minded musical explorer with a knack for adventurous dialogue. The duo’s communication is telepathic and fresh, leaving plenty of room for poetry and emotion but without fearing to stretch their sonic palette towards dissonance and visionary, dream‐like heights

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