Jean-Marie Machado - piano, compositions
Didier Ithursarry - accordion, compositions
An emotional poetic journey for piano and accordion.
Jean-Marie Machado was born in Morocco, from an Italian and Spanish 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. He is currently in residency as an ‘affiliate composer’ at the Centre des Bords de Marne of Perreux-sur-Marne/Paris.
Born in Bayonne in South West France, 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.
"The complicity between Machado and Ithursarry is amazing. Both musicians play together as if they had known each other for a long time, and also as if they had just met the day before. There is telepathy and freshness in their exchanges. Their duet is unquestionably lyrica. Machado is a master in the imperceptible art of shifting from lyricism to abstract dreamlike atmospheres. From time to time, Ithursarry captures a note to bend it until dissonance. A friendly and intense mano a mano." - Jean-François Mondot, Jazz Magazine
"With dazzling complicity, both musicians build a dialogue they say is romantic but in fact goes through endless pathways: lyrical fineness … stifling harmonic the thousand contrasts ecumenical and demanding... Jean-Marie Machado & Didier Ithursarry both assert a rich as well as beneficial musicality…" - Pierre Tenne, Jazz News