Jean-Marie Machado created Picutres for Orchestra as a suite of nine “Free wheels” paying tribute to each of his musicians of the orchestra.

Four other parts create a link between these current musics (Free Wheels) and make reference to composers and musicians dear to Jean-Marie Machado that he had the chance to meet in his career as an artist.

Pictures for Orchestra is entirely acoustic to be closer to the sound material of the soloists. The setting in acoustic space is a sound sculpture written by Jean-Marie Machado.


Jean-Marie Machado – piano, arrangements, compositions
Didier Ithursarry – accordéon
Jean-Charles Richard – saxophone baryton et soprano
Stéphane Guillaume – flûte
Elodie Pasquier – clarinettes
Cécile Grenier et Séverine Morfin – violon alto
François Thuillier – tuba
Guillaume Martigné (violoncelle),




Suite in five parts for piano and tuba soloists and symphony orchestra.

As a core element, water establishes its vital presence on each of us. From its uniqueness to its extent, with a changeable body and state, water creates a world of sound all the time, like a natural music. Water is the sea of our inner fantasy. How inspiring for the composer to approach it through the Symphonic world. To give the presence of ‘l’esprit de l’eau’ to the music and to create a sound sculpture, a sensory walk. The breath, the air, second key component of this thematic, changes the aquatic element from one state to another. The Piano, Tuba duo with the Symphony Orchestra, a sensitive fantasy setting, is the key part of these variations.

For Jean-Marie Machado, ‘l’esprit de l’eau’ is also found in the art of tea, a philosophy of life and a source of energy and clarity.


Jean-Marie Machado – piano

François Thuillier – tuba

Bastien Stil – direction d’orchestre

Les musiciens de l’Orchestre National d’Île-de-France 


L’AMOUR SORCIER (Artwork april 9, 2019)

Inventive musical and choreographic variations based on the work of Manuel De Falla and Gregorio Martinez Sierra

Compositions and arrangements by Jean-Marie Machado for the Danzas Orchestra

Choreography by Aïcha M’Barek and Hafiz Dhaou, Chatha Company

©Bertrand Pichène

Jean-Marie Machado takes us across the Mediterranean to discover Spain with the emblematic composer Manuel de Falla.
After exploring the water in The Spirit of Water, Jean-Marie focuses on the fire with L’Amour Sorcier. Indeed, the 4 Elements are an incredible source of inspiration for composers. Manuel De Falla’s famous ballet-pantomime, L’Amour Sorcier, composed in 1915 on a libretto by Georgio Martinez Sierra, is the story of a gypsy chased by a ghost, her former lover and fiancé, disturbing her love with her new lover. Spell shooter practicing white magic and black magic, at the twelve strokes of midnight, Candela dances around the fire to chase away the ghost. But nothing works. That’s why she imagines another ploy and asks to her friend Lucia to seduce the ghost. And while this one has the attention diverted by the young beauty, Candela can finally indulge in his new love. Dance, the notion of ritual, and singing are perfect elements to combine choreography and music. Going towards a scenic music and dance proposal is therefore natural for the composer Jean-Marie Machado.


L’Orchestre Danzas
Jean-Marie Machado (piano), Cécile Grenier et Séverine Morfin (violons altos), Guillaume Martigné (violoncelle), François Thuillier (tuba), Didier Ithursarry (accordéon), Jean-Charles Richard (saxophones), Elodie Pasquier (clarinettes), Stéphane Guillaume (flûtes), Stracho Temelkovski (percussions), Karine Serafin (voix)

La Compagnie Chatha
Stéphanie Pignon, Gregory Alliot, Phanuel Erdmann, Johanna Mandonnet, Fabio Dolce, NC (interprètes)

Scénographie/lumières Xavier Lazarini
Sonorisation Gérard de Haro
Costumes Aïcha M’Barek

Cantabile / Compagnie Chatha
Centre des Bords de Marne du Perreux-sur-Marne, La Briqueterie/Centre de développement chorégraphique du Val-de-Marne, L’Arsenal de Metz, La Scène nationale de Mâcon, Théâtre des 4 saisons à Gradignan

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