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Borges Machado

Saxophone, Flute, Acoustic Guitar, Traditional Drum

André Borges, Fernando Machado
South East


Borges Machado is André Borges (saxophone, flute, handmade wind instruments, body percussion) and Fernando Machado (guitar, cavaquinho, percussion, body percussion). Initially working with experimental, improvisational and field recording elements, they recently opened their repertoire to the rhythmic and harmonic influences from their homeland Brazil. This new approach brings a mix of songs from great composers of Brazilian popular music (Tom Jobim, Hermeto Pascoal, Airto Moreira, Dominguinhos) together with well-known traditional folk songs. The duo also include some of their original compositions with their own individual touch. Their debut album to be released in April 2020 consists of improvisational sessions over pre-recorded urban soundscapes of Brighton. The recordings were made taking into consideration the criteria of disruptiveness and unpleasantness with the intention of transforming them into a more meaningful musical journey. André Borges is saxophonist, microtonalist, performer and sound artist, and since 1992 he has been creating microtonal instruments and performing in collaboration with theatre(Cia Asa Branca-BR, Cia de Teatro dos Novos-BR, Moreprom-DE, ZAP Arts-UK), dance (Cia de Dança da UFBA-BR, Teia das Artes- BR, Ania Ptschietnikova-RU), circus companies(Cia Picolino de Artes do Circo-BR, The Famous Spiegeltent_-AU, The Caesar Twins-DE), video and film works as well as music groups in Brazil and abroad. Living in the U.K since 2004, André was granted a first class Ba degree in Music&Visual Arts by the University of Brighton in 2011 with “Inside-out”, a solo performance exploring internal body sounds combined with Arduino technology. In 2016, he released his first solo EP for the music industry by Brazilian Sê-Lo netlabel entitled Saxcretino, after one of his microtonal adaptations from the original works by Swiss composer Anton Walter Smetak. Currently, André performs with bands Giramundo, Teiú Trio, King Lagoon’s Flying Swordfish Dance Band, Clatteratti, Borges Machado and the West African group Cissokho. Fernando Machado is a musician, composer, workshop leader and teacher. After finishing his studies as a Classical Guitarist in 2002, he started researching and working in the field of Brazilian Traditional music and songwriting. In 2008, he moved to London, completing a MMus Leadership at The Guildhall School of Music in 2010. The collaborative nature of the programme, the community approach to music making and the contact with musicians from different parts of the world opened the door to a diverse musical career focused on creativity, collaboration and exploring well-being through music in community settings. Fernando has performed his music in venues such as The Southbank Centre, The Barbican Centre, Rich Mix, Vortex Jazz Venue, Café Oto, Battersea Arts Centre, Passing Clouds and many festivals. One of his songs, “Alô, Berenice?”, was also featured on BBC Radio World on 3. As a workshop leader, he delivers creative music workshops and CPD training for music educators. Fernando has recorded three EPs of his own songs under the name Lambrego, the first Babado de Chita album and the children’s album Archway Groovy Tots. Currently Fernando runs the monthly Samba Roda Viva in Brighton.