David Macchione | Music


a picture of David from the back, playing the bass wearing braids and a striped shirt

photo by: Beatriz Lerer Castello

a picture of David holding the bass, taken through a window

photo by: Beatriz Lerer Castello

a picture of David playing at the Nigran Jazz Festival, wearing a light blue patterned shirt

Nigran Jazz Festival 2021


A bass player and composer, David Macchione’s solid approach to bass playing and developed musical sensibility always serve the musical context, and his flexibility makes him a sought-after player for various corners of Contemporary Jazz and original music.

He is currently based in Brooklyn and Amsterdam.

Born in Amsterdam, Macchione grew up on the eastern coast of southern Italy, where he developed a deep passion for music at an early age after discovering his dad’s electric bass in a closet. Later picking up the guitar, piano and violin, he finally discovered the upright bass, returning to his initial love for the lower frequencies. Since his early teens, Macchione has been active in the local music scene, collaborating with southern Italian jazz godfather -guitarist Guido Di Leone, and played electric bass in local hardcore underground bands. Moving to Amsterdam to study in 2018, he started to be a stable presence in the contemporary jazz scene, joining groups of emerging artists like guitarists Ella Zirina and Adrian Bifano, and fellow Italian pianist and singer Federica Lorusso.

Driven by a desire to further explore the positive role of music in society and to broaden the knowledge of the roots of jazz and creative music, Macchione was one of 20 students accepted into the Global Jazz Institute at the Berklee College of Music (class of ‘23), where he studied alongside Grammy award-winning composer Danilo Perez.

As a band leader, fostering a creative and dynamic group sound is reflected in compositions used as malleable containers for individual members' contributions. The David Macchione Quintet is an exploration of multiple influences and roots, drawing from contemporary jazz, and influenced by the sounds and impressions of southern Italy.

He has performed in festivals around Europe like Nigran Jazz, Grachtenfestival, Oslo Jazz Festival and Taranto Jazz, and prestigious venues such as the Bimhuis in Amsterdam and Jamboree in Barcelona.

Macchione obtained a bachelor of arts in Jazz Performance in 2022 at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, and a Master in Music at the Berklee Global Jazz Institute in 2023. He has studied with esteemed artists Maurizio Quintavalle, Frans Van Der Hoeven, Tineke Postma, Linda May Han Oh, Danilo Perez, Ben Street and Kris Davis.

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