BIOGRAPHY

 

 

Maxime is just as ease playing in a big orchestra as he is with a small group of musicians. He continues to push his work further and further, probing tango and exploring various forms of improvisation… and composition too. He is fond of the relationship he has with tango dancing and with the dancers onstage. Certain projects he collaborates on require the musicians to become actors and to develop their stage presence. Maxime enjoys this challenge, and is involved both in theatre andperformance art. He likes playing offbeat music, whilst keeping a traditional touch to hisstyle.

 

Maxime’s craving to play with other musicians and to explore other artistic spheres, combined with his sensitivity to the world around him, makes his music poignant and radiant.

 

Born in 1983 in Puy en Velay (France), Maxime began playing music at the age of six. He started playing the accordian when he was seven. At the age of eighteen he discovered tango and the bandoneon, thanks to Hervé ESQUIS. He immediately felt that this form of music and this unusual instrument were both absolutely essential to him as a musician.

 

He continued studying music at Saint-Etienne’s music academy alongside Philippe BOURLOIS, the two men forging a close relationship throughout Maxime’s music studies and right into his professional career as a confirmed musician. He obtained his music diploma (DEM) and went on to be nominated as laureate in 2009 amongst the gold medalists before perfecting his music studies with an advanced diploma in 2010.

 

He then continued training in musicology, music analysis and composition, and he wrote a dissertation on Igor STRAVINSKY'S « Rite of Spring ».

 

Maxime has participated in Master Classes with renowned musicians such as Daniel BREL (Bandoneon / Tango), William SABATIER (Tango / Bandoneon), Marcel LOEFFLER (Jazz / Accordeon) and the internationally renowned accordeon concert artist, Yuri SHISHKIN.

 

He has also performed in "The Threepenny" Opera (Kurt WEILL) at Tours’ Grand Theatre.

 

For four years he played the accordion with the group DoÏna Quintet, performing jazz, klezmer, tango and improvised music. They released an album in May 2011 : "Cerno More".

 

Maxime has been playing the bandoneon with the group "Roulotte Tango" since 2006, directed by Julien BLONDEL. With them he has toured abroad to Germany, Turkey, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Russia, Luxembourg and the overseas territories of France. As a member of the group "Roulotte Tango", Maxime regularly collaborates with tango dancers. In 2011 he travelled to South Korea with the dancer / choreographer Odile GHEYSENS/in-SENSO to perform an improvised danse and music piece: "PAVOT Tango Addict".

 

He played in the "Gran Tipica Paris" with the pianist Roger HELOU and performs with thevery in-vogue tango orchestra, "Silbando".

 

Maxime is in a new project the "Cuarteto Entre Dos", for milongas and concerts (France, Poland and Italy).

He played as a solist with the "Symphonic Orchestra of the Opera of Saint-Étienne" (Suite Punta Del Este - Astor Piazzolla).

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