Arnoux and François
Michaud have been playing happily together since 1992. The two of
them worked out an original musical project for accordion, violin, viola
and vocals by altering the usual role of each musical instrument.
A new jazz form was born that transmuted folklore and ethnic world music into
original compositions, arrangements and improvisations. Stimulating and natural,
this provocative fiesta of rhythms and melodies feeds on acoustic explorations
and the urge to sing and bring together new sounds. Musicians are welcome
to join as guests while listeners are invited
to the feast.
These two restless musicians, the founders of MAM, often play in duos; yet,
always anxious to make novel musical encounters they delight in performing with
fellow musicians of different backgrounds. They recorded 9 albums with Buda
Musique (their 7th, "Paris Village", was an order from the publisher
Kosinus) in various formations from duet to quintet (guest cello, percussion
and drums). They also recorded a DVD with La Seine TV. Their version of “Mission Impossible” (Lalo Schiffrin)
was twice compiled and played on tv (France 2). They recorded 3 CD’s with
Japanese singers, participated in those by Mama Kaya (2), Thomas Pitiot (2),
Gérard Pitiot (3), Jean Piero, Alifair, Gilliane Kim, Thomasi (2). They
“made a pass” at the racy swing musette of accordionist virtuoso
François Parisi ("Jazz in my Musette"). They
put on a Brassens performance minus guitar and moustache but with the female
singer Guénaëlle and are currently working on 4 ambitious multifaced
projects: "Meddled Times" with Fab, a famous French-Newyorker musician and
sound engineer, "New Time" with the fantastic showman Norbert "Touski" Lucarain, playing human beatbox
and keyboards together!
(these 2 shows featuring VJing and machines) then, "Mélodies Extras
the actress Céline Caussimon), and "La Mélodie des Choses" (featuring Pauline Borras, from La Compagnie Préfabriquée), two musical tales with theater, dance, video and chineese shadows. In 2015, they created "Human Swing Box" and recorded the album, still playing with Touski. Now, for that show, they are on stage with the talented Paul Vignes (human beatbox and keyboard). Last publications at autumn 2017: double-album "25 Ans" (Buda Musique/Socadisc) et DVD "Jazz in my Musette" (La Seine TV/Musea).
Travelling is for them an “art de vivre”, no wonder they have often
performed abroad: Montreal, Vancouver, Halifax, Ouagadougou, Tripoli, St Louis
in Senegal, Tlemcen, Skopje, Ljubjana, Innsbruck, Dresden, Bruges, Freiburg
(CH), Halmstad, Santo-Domingo, Cap-Haitien, Caracas, Iquitos, Dubai… in addition to crisscrossing hexagonal France. Next
menu : concerts
and pedagogical actions.