Machan

Machan

BandJazzAdult Contemporary

A beautifully unique blend of jazz, pop and world beats, this artist is a world class act. Having worked as a singer with many top notch artists, she's a consumate professional. Her gorgeous voice, great guitar playing and songs will touch your heart and grace any stage with beauty and delight.

Biography

MACHAN
Motion of Love

What do Sting, Pat Benatar, Aretha Franklin, George Benson, Hiroshima, Government Mule, and Pink Floyd all have in common? In addition to the obvious fact that each has enjoyed massive commercial success, all of those artists are fortunate enough to have availed themselves of the vocal talents of singer/songwriter and guitarist Machan. Now, with the release of Motion of Love on Nu Groove Records, Machan is truly stepping out from the background with a CD that showcases the many facets of her exotic adult-pop-meets-jazz sound.

Machan’s reputation as an accomplished professional has earned her the respect of her musical peers, some of the most illustrious of which join her on Motion of Love. The CD features guest appearances by jazz greats John Medeski, John Scofield, and Randy Brecker, and Brazilian percussionist Portinho, as well as strong musical contributions from Government Mule’s Danny Louis (who also just happens to be Machan’s husband!) Not to be overlooked is Machan’s first-class guitar playing that sets the table for this feast of talent.

Motion of Love is Machan’s second CD, following her eponymous debut of a few years back (released on A440 Records.) Machan says that the new CD is evidence of a new confidence and maturity. “I think my first record was a great introduction to my abilities, but with Motion of Love, I really tried to be thoughtful about including songs with different grooves and diverse subject matter to give my audience a broader sense of what I’m about, both musically and personally.”

Machan wrote all but one of the ten songs on Motion of Love. Drawing from her own experiences and emotions, Machan tackles both the personal and the universal in her songwriting, although as she says, “It all feels personal for me, even if I’m writing from a fictional framework.” The CD kicks off with its title track, a lyrical, smooth adventure that highlights the simple purity of Machan’s voice. The smooth vibe continues with the full-bodied and tasty love song, “More,” which features John Medeski on Fender Rhodes. The light hearted Reggae-influenced lilt of “Everyday” belies the pointed social commentary of its lyrics. “As I’ve gotten older, I find I can’t ignore what’s happening in the world or the way I feel about it,” explains Machan. “In order to develop as a songwriter, I want to be a person that speaks her truth.”

The CD’s only cover is Machan’s version of Government Mule’s “Beautifully Broken,” but with significant changes that make it very much her own. “I even changed the chords to suit my arrangement, which is completely different from Government Mule’s. I also really wanted to cover a song from another idiom, from the other end of the musical spectrum, and make it work for me” Machan explains. “Of course ‘Beautifully Broken’ has a great lyric, and that’s what really turned me on.” Contributing to the song’s impact are John Scofield on guitar and Portinho on drums.

Randy Brecker’s trumpet on “A Broken Heart Like This” provides just the right mournful note to support Machan’s poignant lyrical exploration of loss and sorrow. Things take a more upbeat turn on “Extraordinary Thing,” propelled by a light, sparkling ambiance courtesy of Medeski’s Wurlitzer, and continue in a light-hearted direction with “Little Bird, “ which features a strapping alto sax solo by Aaron Heick, who’s performed with Marc Cohen, Chaka Kahn, and Grover Washington, Jr., among others.

With “In Your Word” Machan explores the importance of personal responsibility in the world today, again tapping John Medeski’s keyboard contributions to provide emphasis to the song’s strong lyrical content. In fact, the song percolates with a kind of jam band feel, as a result of the musical interplay between Medeski, Danny Louis on clavinet, and guitarist John Herington (Steely Dan.) The Brazilian vibe that subtly permeates much of Machan’s work takes center stage on the romantic “Your Smile,” which fittingly pairs the vocalist with husband Danny Louis, playing both Hammond B3 and Hohner keyboards. The CD concludes with the sincere ballad, “Vulnerable, which Machan describes as “raw and real.”

It’s no surprise that Machan has followed a musical path. Her mother was a Japanese jazz vocalist who met Machan’s father when he booked her trio, which also featured pianist Toshiko Akioshi, into a post WWII officers club in Yokohama. Raised in the US, by the age of twelve Machan had taught herself to play the guitar, emulating her early musical heroes such as Joni Mitchell and James Taylor, and had begun to perform in venues around her hometown. By the age of 16, she was supporting herself as a performer. She studied jazz theory and vocal performance at William Patterson College, and soon found herself sharing the stage with artists ranging from Pink Floyd to George Benson to Sting. The lessons she learned from her experiences in the world of pop superstardom resonate for

Lyrics

Motion of Love

Written By: Machan

"Motion Of Love"
Machan@2007

Ba Da Dee....

First you love me hot
Then you love me cold
You're beauty and the beast
You're wood and you're gold.

One day to the next
An everyday surprise
Learning how to love
The wonder of our lives

(Chorus)
Round and round
Up and down
I'm dizzy and numb
By the spin of it all
Circus clowns
Smiles to frowns
As we merry go round
So goes the motion of love

Everytime I think
I know what you will say
You turn around your head
And run the other way

Then you circle round
And meet me face to face
We steal a little kiss
And do the dance again

(Chorus)
Round and round
Up and down
I'm dizzy and numb
By the spin of it all
Circus clowns
Smiles to frowns
As we merry go round
So goes the motion of...

Love..
Maybe you're really from Mars
And we're just fighting
A war of the worlds
Maybe someday
We'll find our middle ground
And we'll find a place where it's easy to love
We'll find that place where it's easy to love

(Chorus)
Round and round
Up and down
I'm dizzy and numb
By the spin of it all
Circus clowns
Smiles to frowns
As we merry go round
So goes the motion of love

Ba Da Dee...

So goes the motion
Forget all your notions
Deep is the ocean of...love

Everywhere I Go

Written By: Machan

EVERYWHERE I GO
words and music- Machan
copyright 2002

Everywhere I go
I take you there with me
Everywhere I go
I walk inside this dream

Clear as the sky above me
Close as the skin I wear
Deep as the darkest ocean
You’re my church, you’re my devotion

Everywhere I go
I take you there with me
Everywhere I go
I walk inside this dream

In every word that’s spoken
Between every line I write
Each breath and each exhalation
You’re my birth, my inspiration

Mold the clay and make a work of art
You paint my world and give shape to my heart

As far as the stars are scattered
Beyond anything I see
Above all that really matters
You’re my peace, my ever after

Everywhere I go
I take you there with me
Oh I take you there
Everywhere
I take you everywhere with me

Discography

As an artist...
"Machan"- Machan 2004
"Motion of Love"- Machan 2007

As a vocalist...
Mighty High/Gov't Mule (LP) 2007
Vol11/Hurt (LP) 2007
Motion of Love (LP) 2007
Machan (LP) 2004
East/Hiroshima (LP) 1990
The Delicate Sound of Thunder/PinkFloyd (LP) 1988
Eric Marionthal (LP)
In my Heart/Moby (Single)
Jason Becker Tribute (LP)
Late Night/Neil Schon (LP)
TheEarth,The Man/REO Speedwagon (LP)
Runaway Horses/Belinda Carlile (LP)
Tribe/Bernie Taupin (LP)
Love Signs/Morris Day (Single)
Star Trek V/Soundtrack (LP)
Secret of My Success/Soundtrack (LP)
Perfect Weapon/Soundtrack (LP)
Home Alone2 Soundtrack (LP)
Pass the Amunition/Soundtrack (LP)
TV & radio commercials (TV)
Driving Beverly Hills/Mark Portman (LP)
The Future/Leonard Cohen (LP)

Set List

*Songs performed in the show are from both solo CD's as well as a few carefully chosen covers.

Brazilian Heart
Everywhere I Go
Speak Low
You're My Joy!
Time to Say Goodbye
Never My Love
Got No Love
Never Thought
Talk to Me
So Little Time
Motion of Love
More
Everyday
Beautifully Broken
A Broken Heart Like This 8/23/07 11:45 AM
Extraordinary Thing
Little Bird
In Your Word
Without Your Smile
Motion of Love
Vulnerable