Himiko PAGANOTTI voice, composition
She was born in France from a Spanish-Italian father and a Japanese mother. Her father is the bass player Bernard Paganotti, and her mother is the painter Naoko Paganotti.
She studied ballet as a child and started singing in her teenage years.
Her first experience was in the backing vocals of the Senegalese band Touré Touré. At the same time, she joined the pop-rock band Monkey Toon. It became her first project as lead singer, in which she also started composing.
She collaborated with many artists (Toure Kunda, Sixun, Patrick Gauthier, 13NRV, Juan Rozoff, Régis Ceccarelli, Coco M’Bassi, Céline Bonacina…), and has been a member of the band Magma for 7 years.
When leaving Magma, she created the project Paghistree, an electro-pop duo with the pianist Emmanuel Borghi.
After meeting the guitarist John Trap, they orientated their music towards a new trio project, Slug, with which they have recorded two albums.
She still takes part in many various projects today, including Nguyên Lê, Sophia Domancich, John Greaves, Michael Mantler, Henri Texier…
Emmanuel BORGHI keyboards, composition
He started his career in the middle of the 80’s in the drummer Simon Goubert’s sextet.
From 1987 to 2008, he collaborated with Christian Vander on most of his projects (Magma, Offering, Christian Vander Trio…).
In the meantime, he played occasionally alongside French and international jazzmen such as Steve Grossman, Stafford James, Peter King, Sarah Lazarus and many more…
In 1996, he moved to Mâcon, integrated the Collectif Mu, and founded the band One Shot with Philippe Bussonnet, Daniel Jeand’Heur and James MacGaw.
In 2002, he joined NHX, an electro-jazz fusion band founded by the saxophonist Gaël Horellou.
After leaving Magma, he created Paghistree, an electro-pop duo with the singer Himiko Paganotti.
Simultanely, he took part in several jazz ensembles (Emmanuel Borghi Trio with Antoine Paganotti and Blaise Chevallier, David Prez / Emmanuel Borghi Electric Project with Simon Tailleu and Antoine Paganotti, Caillou with Philippe Gleize…).
After meeting the guitarist John Trap, Paghistree’s music changed directions towards a new trio project, Slug, with which they have recorded two albums.
2014 saw the birth of the band HIMIKO, expressing a very intimate universe of « pop songs revealing a very complex simplicity… » (Les Inrocks).
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