Instrument: Guitar | AMT Products Used: S3G – Studio
“Michel is using the S3G Guitar microphone!” – Michel Hatzigeorgiou
Born 1961 in Belgium of Greek parents, he starts playing bouzouki at 9with his father, then switches to electric guitar at 11, and finally to electric bass at 14.
He accompanies several singers, then discovers jazz. His main influence is Jaco PASTORIUS, who opened new ways to the electric bass with the group WEATHER REPORT.
In 82, Michel attends the Jazz Seminar in Liège (Belgium), where his teachers are among the best Belgian jazz musicians : Steve HOUBEN, Dennis LUXION, Guy CABAY, Bruno CASTELLUCCI, Michel HERR. Soon he finds himself playing with his teachers. He performs and records with Steve HOUBEN + Strings, COCODRILO, Guy CABAY, etc. He also starts working in the recording studios with well-known singers.
He then joins Toots THIELEMANS and plays many concerts with him. In Martinique, he attends a jazz clinic given by Jaco Pastorius. They become friends. It’s also there that he receives a Prize for a bass solo that was actually a transcription of a piece for bouzouki!
In February 85, he tours with Jaco PASTORIUS throughout Europe. Few months later, he plays in New York with guitarist Mike STERN, then a member of the Miles DAVIS band. Since then Michel performs with Toots THIELEMANS quartet.
In 88, took part in the “Baldwin Project” with David LINX, Pierre VAN DORMAEL, Bob STEWART, Slide HAMPTON, Deborah BROWN and the BrunoCASTELLUCCI Quartet. He recorded with keyboard player Olivier TRUAN, drummer Bruno CASTELLUCCI, trumpet player Gino LATTUCA, blues man Marc LELANGUE, pianist Kris DEFOORT, saxophonist Erwin VANN etc…He got involved in the “Kaai” in Brussels, a musician’s collective, and played a.o. with NASA NA BAND, with guitarist Pierre VAN DORMAEL. Since 1991 he’s one of the 3 members of Aka Moon.
They have recorded 15 CDs. In ’98, Michel HATZIGEORGIOU was elected best Belgian and European electric bassist of the year ’98, both in the listeners poll (RTBF/VRT) and the Belgian critics poll (French speaking). Michel HATZIGEORGIOU, who teaches at the Brussels Conservatory, made a trip to Africa in 92 to study the life and music of the Aka Pygmies. With saxophonist Fabrizio CASSOL and drummer Stéphane GALLAND, he founded a Trio called AKA MOON, which recorded several CDs and toured in Europe and the US. This group is considered as one of the most innovative bands in Europe. They have recorded 14 cd with many guest coming from allover the world. He also presented an “Hommage to Jaco PASTORIUS, Jimi HENDRIX, John Lennon, Janis JOPLIN…” with a big band.
Also involved in the “VARIATIONS ON A LOVE SUPREME” project and CD.
Michel is now tourning with a solo projet. But is also playing bouzouki again.