Matthieu Saglio discovered the cello following a classical route (received a gold medal in the Conservatory of Rennes, France, 1995), he soon withdrew from whatever academism he was involved in and began to approach jazz in 1996, he later began to get involved in various types of music. His capacity to integrate various musical languages to create it’s own universe has been his personal stamp.
An ex-agronomist in Valencia
In 2002, his studies in agronomy brought him to Valencia in Spain where he then settled. It was a country that always appealed to him. This decision would determine the end of his short career in agricultural science and would drive him towards a career being a professional musician which happened the following year. The city of the orange trees was then in a period of musical growth where many of the most interesting artistic Spanish projects began to take root. Matthieu has two conclusive encounters there; with flamenco (“a real flash of inspiration!”, he remembers) and with Ricardo Esteve, noted flamencan guitarist.
Cello & flamenco with Jerez-Texas
The connection was instant between Matthieu and Ricardo Esteve. The two then contacted Jesús Gimeno, who plays the drums and comes from a jazz background, to form Jerez-Texas. The trio, who combine flamenco, jazz and classical music, begin to multiply their concerts so much that Matthieu decides to dedicate his life completely to music in 2003. With more than 500 concerts in 25 countries and 4 albums in the bag, Jerez-Texas became one of the major references of new flamenco.
Alongside the Jerez-Texas adventure, Matthieu increases his number of projects. After having performed for many years with the Sephardic musical group Aman-Aman, in 2007 he began a collaboration with the Morrocan violinist Fathi Ben Yakoub. The duo created their own musical language to hang a bridge of 8 strings over the Mediterranean. The first album which was launched in 2009 allows one to discover the fusion between classic Western and classic Arabic music.
Cello Solo: his solo escape
In 2009, Matthieu brings a project, which he had had on his mind for a long time, to life; a solo repertoire, with his cello as his only companion. Cello Solo invites one to discover a musical universe which is rich and coherent and reflects all the influences that have made an impact on the musician. During the concerts, the use of the sampler allows him to record various voices of the cello live, which amplifies the space and enriches the compositions. Also accompanying him is Emilio Garrido, the unmistakable voice from Radio3, with texts from his novel “Aire de Fuga”.
Collaborations merging into many different music styles
In 2002, Matthieu is named ambassador by the international Yehudi Menuhin Foundation, with which he regularly participates in original creation projects along with other international artists.
He also begins working regularly with the Compagnie 14:20, the light-house company of the New Magic movement, leading him to perform on stage with many other artists in auditoriums of the national stages network.
Over the years, Matthieu has been asked to take part in more and more varied projects going from classical music to improvised music, as well as jazz, flamenco and traditional music.
Résonance, an adventure in places with outstanding acoustic
In 2014 Matthieu took part in the recording of the first album by the project Résonance, together with the Belgian guitarist Quentin Dujardin and the French countertenor Samuel Cattiau. The band started touring in uncountable places with astonishing acoustic: cathedrals, churches, castles, etc. In 2019 a second album came to light: ”Illuminations” , recorded at the l'Abbaye de Noirlac with Léo Ullmann (violin), Bijan Chemirani (drums) and Doron David Sherwin (cornetto).
NES, an album released by the prestigious label ACT
In 2015 Matthieu launched a new formation: NES, together with the Franco-Algerian singer and cello player Nesrine Belmokh and the Spanish drummer David Gadea. The trio toured intensively and really started taking off after recording the album “Ahlam” released by the prestigious German label ACT in 2018. Unanimously welcome and acclaimed by international critics, their concerts keep multiplying throughout Europe.
'El camino de los vientos' new album with the flower of European jazz
Matthew's new album 'El camino de los vientos' (The Way of the Winds) was released in April 2020, again on the prestigious ACT label, and received much international critical acclaim.
For his new compositions Matthieu is accompanied by remarkable guests, references of European jazz, long-term friends… and his three sons!
We will find there playing Nguyên Lê (guitar), Nils Petter Molvaer (trumpet), Carles Benavent (bass guitar), Vincent Peirani (accordion), Steve Shehan (drums, etc.), Bijan Chemirani (drums), Léo Ullmann (violin), Camille Saglio (voice), Ricardo Esteve (flamenco guitar), Isabel Julve (voice), Abdoulaye N'Diaye (voice) & Teo, Marco, Gael Saglio Pérez (chorus).
For the live, Matthieu has created the Matthieu Saglio Quartet with Steve Shehan (percussion), Christian Belhomme (piano / keyboard) and Léo Ullmann (violin)... to see absolutely on stage!
Many compositions for theatre and audio-visual productionsBesides his composition work within his own projects, Matthieu is regularly requested for the composition of original sound-tracks for dance, theatre, documentary and film productions.
Matthieu Saglio uses a Schertler sensor.
Matthieu Saglio Quartet
'El Camino de los Vientos'
CD - 2020
'Live in San Javier'
CD - 2021
'Live en Alcala de Henares'
CD - 2013
CD - 2009
'Cello Solo Live'
DVD - 2009
CD - 2012
CD - 2018
M.S. & 'el Piru'
'Petit à petit'
CD - 2017
'Clar de Luna (live)'
CD - 2017
'Viento y Marea'
CD - 2013
CD - 2009
CD - 2007
'Live au Satellit Café'
CD - 2006
CD - 2005
Ben Yakoub & Saglio
CD - 2009
CD - 2016
'Por los Besos que me das'
'Musica i cants sefardis d'Orient i d'Occident'
'Les Vieux souliers'
Les Vieilles Pies
'Une vie formidable'