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 (fiddle) and Aurélien Tanghe (guitar). www.shillelagh.fr
Collectif Muzikaciné (since 2010), around music for silent film. There are here several "ciné-concert" as La Maîtresse des Ombres, Odna, Duo Muzikaciné, Les Trois Lumières, Ciné-concert de Poche, and also music workshop with silent films, soundtrack for movies... www.muzikacine.fr
La Compagnie Marchands de Sornettes (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..
Duo Birgit Bornauw & Benjamin Macke (since 2009), bagpipe-accordion duet who met around bal and traditional music. They propose now their new concert It's Baroque to my Ears.
The Big Border Orchestra since 2013. He lead it with Pieterjan Van Kerckhoven in music for dancing with 20 musicians from either side of the French-Flemish border.
He also was the accordeonist of Duo Bastringue from 2005 to 2012, « the unexpected encounter of folk dances and musette », with Philippe Destanque (guitar) and Rachel Bazoge (vocal).
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, accordion players like Daniel Colin, Marc Perrone or Sophie Cavez, the jazzmen David Chevallier or Christophe « Pher » Motury, the vibraphonist Jean-Christophe Cheneval, the hurdy-gurdy player Grégory Jolivet, the fiddler Margaux Liénard, the piper Rémi Decker, the rgentinian singer Sofia Tassara, the contemporary dancers Anne-Françoise Delobelle or Isabelle Dubouloz, the visual artist Elsa Godefroy-Démombynes...
- Shillelagh : Hemels Douwe (Compagnie Macke-Bornauw - 2017)
- Duo Macke-Bornauw : It's Baroque to my Ears (Bémol Productions - 2016)
- Shillelagh : le Vagabond (Bémol Productions - 2013)
- Benjamin Macke : Un Instrument, un artiste : l'Accordéon diatonique (Bémol Productions - 2012)
- Le Duo Bastringue & Rachel Bazoge : l'Arbre à danses (Bémol Productions - 2010)
- Shillelagh : Germaine (Bémol Productions - 2009)
- Le Duo Bastringue : Bruit qui danse (Bémol Productions - 2007)
- Shillelagh : Danses sur l'eau (Bémol Productions - 2006)
- Shillelagh : Musique à danser (Autoproduction - 2004)