THE MACHETAZO is an instrumental jazz quintet with entirely original music, in which each member contributes compositions, arrangements and their personal interpretative stamp.
WINNERS OF THE GUÍA DEL JAZZ AWARDS 2023
On Sunday, April 30, during the celebration of Torremolinos International Jazz Day 2023, the Guía del Jazz 2023 Awards ceremony took place, which recognize the best original projects of Spanish Jazz. The winners were Paloma Cosano, Jose Carra and The Machetazo, leaving Javi Ruibal, Miguel Álvarez and Vistel Brothers as finalists.
Their songs tell stories, have a meditated development and evolution in their form,with refined melodies and harmonies, and intricate grooves.
The group possesses a powerful sound with distinctive voice and demonstrate a great musical musicianship, each taking their place in the ensemble and reinforcing the rest.
With a style primarily rooted in jazz, their songs are deliberately scripted, yet they make use of improvisation, as is common in the genre, to generate a demarcated space for the exploration of their soloists.
Daniel Juárez (Sax)
Nacho Fernández (Guitar)
Jorge Castañeda (Piano)
Darío Guibert (Double bass)
Mikel Urretagoiena (Drums)
TABLA DE SATOR Sala Berlanga. Madrid (2022)
Live at 'La maison du bonheur' (2022)
DAZZ Live (2022)
RESET Camaleon Studios (2022)
EL HOMBRE MELANCOLICO Bilbaina Jazz Club (2022)
A VISION IN A DREAM IV Festival Jazz Made in Spain (2020)
It is the third album by the contemporary jazz quintet and, on this occasion, the group shapes its music in a more organic and collaborative way, reflecting together a voice that is becoming more and more their own as a band. The five members contribute compositions, arrangements and their particular stamp as performers and, as usual in their albums, the recorded material is instrumental music played live, preserving the freshness and energy of the moment. The songs tell their stories and evolve, as they do, towards a tireless search for their own sound.
A VISION IN A DREAM
Recorded at Mecca Recording Studios (Guipuzcoa) in 2019.
The quintet presents its second album in which the band consolidates itself at a compositional and interpretative level, individually and collectively. An album that brings together the very diverse influences of each of its members. The title of the album refers to the homonymous poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge and musically reflects the inspiration that the artist feels in his creative process. It is an album full of energy, with amalgamated grooves and refined melodies. It also features the special collaboration of Helena Lanza as the declaimer of the poem's verses.
1290 PROSPECT PLACE
Recorded at Black Hill Studios (Toledo) in 2017.
It is the debut album of the quintet, an emerging band that presents itself with compositions emphasizing new and fresh contemporary material. The album shows an elaborate mix of intricate rhythms, harmonies and arrangements that converge in an ideal space for the exploration of their improvisations. The title refers to the street where they shared their experiences in New York, the place where the group was forged.
The five members of The Machetazo began to study music at a young age in different schools and Conservatoires in their respective hometowns. In 2014 they graduated in the speciality of Jazz Performance at the Basque Country (Musikene) Conservatoire of Music place in Spain, to later move to Holland and obtain their Master's degree at the Prins Claus Conservatorium, taking part in an exchange programme with Queens College University in New York City, where they moved to live between 2015 and 2016.
During their stay in the Mecca of jazz (NY), they lived together in a small apartment in Brooklyn, integrating into the music scene and receiving classes from the great jazz masters of the moment. It was at this time that they decided to form the band The Machetazo. The energy of the city, the desire to create and the fact that the group moved to live together in the same flat, gave birth in them an extraordinary complicity and musical rapport, a necessary substratum for the project that was to emerge.
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