MORGAN SZYMANSKI | Guitar
GEMMA ROSEFIELD/MINAT LYONS | Cello
LIZZIE BALL | Violin and Vocal
PHUONG NGUYEN | Accordion
EMMA SMITH | Double Bass
O DUO | Percussion
Founded by the guitarist Morgan Szymanski, Machaca is one of the most exciting new ensembles on the international scene. Alongside Morgan Szymanski perform some of the United Kingdom’s most exhilarating musicians. ‘Brimming with style and panache’ (Daily Telegraph) O Duo provide percussion, with Gemma Rosefield playing cello, the ‘dazzling’ (Guardian) Lizzie Ball on both violin and voice, joined by Phuong Nguyen on accordion and Al Mobbs on bass. Machaca is frequently joined by a host of international guests, including virtuoso flautist Adam Walker, the soprano Laura Mitchell, Chilean guitarist Galo Cerón, Spanish pianist Jose Menor, Venezuelan singer Luzmira Zerpa and the Sacconi Quartet.
Machaca’s take on contemporary South American work breaks moulds for agility of play and the airy quality of their music, which darts deep while remaining subtle and delicate.
Together and as individuals the Machaca musicians have performed all over the world. They have toured Mexico twice, and played at major international festivals including the Morelia, Puebla and Mexico City festivals to critical acclaim. The ensemble specializes in exploring the boundaries of the exciting and dynamic repertoire for their unique instrumentation. Their vibrant performances provide not only some of the most invigorating sounds, but also visual elements to complete the experience. In 2012 Machaca's debut at Wigmore Hall sold out.
In the recording studio, Machaca works hard to bring classics of the Latin-American repertoire together with new commissions and lesser-known gems from across the world. ‘Mano a Mano’, Machaca’s first recording for the label Sarabande, was described as ‘a jewel’ by Gramophone magazine. Launched at the Purcell Room in London’s South Bank Centre during La Linea ‘07, London’s famous Latin American Music Festival, it received critical acclaim. 2010 saw the launch of their much awaited sequel ‘Los Ambulantes’. This recording presented a colourful musical feast of works by Villa-Lobos, Piazzolla, Lauro, Machado, Iannarelli, Cardoso and two world premieres by Stephen McNeff and James Pearson especially written for Machaca.