Biography

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Benjamin Macke was born in 1983 in Hazebrouck, in the North of France. His family members are musicians in a wind band and he was playing classical percussions and jazz drums. At that time he also discovered traditional music through local musician. Only when he was 18 he started to play accordion. He learned to play it as an autodidact and during meetings with other musicians..

Since 2004 Benjamin Macke is a professional musician who is involved with many different groups and projects:

Shillelagh (since 2002) is a band who plays for dancing, « music from Flanders and elsewhere » with Gabriel Lenoir and Aurélien Tanghe. www.shillelagh.fr

Collectif Muzikaciné (since 2010), around music for silent film. There are here several "ciné-concert" as La Maîtresse des Ombres with Sandrine Gniady, Odna with Raphaël De Cock and Anne Frèches, Muzikaciné à l'Ecole with Birgit Bornauw, Les Trois Lumières, Ciné-concert de Poche, and also music workshop with silent films, soundtrack for movies... www.muzikacine.fr

Duo Birgit Bornauw & Benjamin Macke (since 2013), duo who met around bal and traditional music. They propose now their new concert It's Baroque to my Earswww.macke-bornauw.com

La Compagnie des Balladins (since 2002) is a group which joines music and story telling with each other. In the group Benjamin plays with Pascal Duclermortier and Gabriel Lenoir. They have made three shows together; the last one, Contes à 1000 gueules..

He also was the accordeonist of Duo Bastringue from 2005 to 2012, and codirector of The Big Border Orchestra in 2013-2014.

He has also teached accordion in Cric-Crac Compagnie, in the Music Academy of Gooik and the Music Academy of Ghent. He creates now his own lessons in Tournai and gives everywhere in Europa, accordion, training and improvisation on silent films workshops.

Benjamin is moreover active in the CPMDT, professional artist collective for traditionnal musics. www.cpmdt.fr
 
Looking for all kind of encounters, Benjamin Macke has been heard playing with various artists like Marc Perrone, David Chevallier, Christophe « Pher » Motury, Jean-Christophe Cheneval, Sofia Tassara or Anne Frèches...