Duo Matinier & Seddiki

22:30 – 23:20

The “Off” of FestiVita!


This atypical duo of great sensitivity will open us up to an unexpected approach to early music. Their bluesy-jazzy-latino improvisations will transport us into a very personal universe, on the shores of baroque music. In addition to their confounding virtuosity, their arrangements show a perfect balance, an ever-changing harmonic research and a great musical beauty.

Jean-Louis Matinier accordion
Kevin Seddiki guitar & drums



Jean-Louis Matinier

Born in 1963, with a classical background, this eclectic musician divides his time between improvised music, jazz and chanson. As an improviser and performer, two decades of musical adventures through creations and tours have taken him to the greatest European and international festivals. For many years now, accordionist Jean-Louis Matinier has been a discreet and creative presence on major recordings by artists who are emblematic of the ECM label: he has been heard in the groups of Anouar Brahem (Le pas du chat noir; Le voyage de Sahar), Louis Sclavis (Dans la nuit) and François Couturier (Nostalghia; Tarkovsky Quartet), as well as in a duo with Marco Ambrosini (Inventio). He was also Juliette Greco’s accordionist for more than 10 years, and recorded with her on several albums.


Kevin Seddiki

Guitarist, composer and percussionist, Kevin Seddiki began by learning the acoustic guitar, and won a prize at the CNR in Strasbourg in the class of the Argentinean master Pablo Marquez. Very early on, he was attracted by the many horizons offered by the guitar, and met and played with musicians from different cultures: South Americans, Indians, jazzmen, baroque musicians, and many others… We will remember in particular the Argentinean bandoneonist Dino Saluzzi, the Iranian percussionists with the Chemirani family, the guitarists Al di Meola and Philip Catherine, but also the Voce Quartet, Vincent Segal, or the Greek musicians Harris Lambrakis, Stelios Petrakis and Maria Simoglou. The meeting with Jean-Louis Matinier was an obvious one. United by a similar taste for sound, space, rhythm and poetry as well as their shared way of thinking and imagining beyond the instruments and their possible “reflexes”.  In 2019 they will record their first album Rivages as a duo for the ECM label.