Macondo is the union of Beninese drummer Angelo Moustapha, accomplice of Philip Catherine, Lionel Loueke, winner of numerous awards (best drummer in Africa, 2017; Talent d’Afrique, 2021) and Belgian saxophonist Sylvain Debaisieux, essential player in the jazz and improvised music in Belgium (Stéphane Galland, Pentadox, Lynn Cassiers, Ghalia Benali).
For the trio formula, they added the talented Italian double bassist Federico Stocchi (Toots Thielemans Awards 2018).
The sharing and richness of their respective musical journeys created immediate emulation, and their ability to listen and adapt quickly led to a strong musical connection. They joyfully and naturally take the audience into their world rich in polyrhythm and melodious stories. Inspired by African hymns or trips to Europe, the melodies are built on cyclical and captivating bass lines. The listener is carried away by the flow and energetic sound of the trio, engrossed in repetitive patterns and confusing grooves. They share voices, exchange high-level solos and improvisations, always in a spirit of dialogue and in communion with the public. MACONDO is their first EP. An album will follow next year.
Angelo Moustapha: drums – Sylvain Debaisieux: sax – Federico Stocchi: double bass