About Kim


Photo Credit: Steven Cropper (http://www.transientlife.uk/)

 “Kim is one of the young players who will promote jazz and push it to its limit. Her energy is boundless.”Duncan Lamont

Originally from Fife, Scotland and now based in London, Kim Macari is a musician and composer immersed in the jazz and improvised music scene. Whether as a performer, teacher or a producer, her passion lies in the strength of improvised music as a means of expression and a form of empowerment and freedom.

Announced as one of 8 recipients of the Take Five initiative run by Serious for 2017, she is recognised for her work both as a performer and as an industry professional. She is currently Chair of Jazz from Scotland, on the teaching faculty of the National Youth Jazz Collective and a core team member of the Jazz100 project.

Recent Work

Family Band – Chordless quartet Family Band is one of Kim’s main creative outlets. The band have been described as “one of the best modern jazz groups performing at the moment” (Bebop Spoken Here) and perform regularly across the country. They are soon to release their new album, Board of Origin on the BUG label. More information – http://www.tomriviere.com/?page_id=212

Upcoming dates –

11th July – Durham Brass Festival
2nd August – Manchester Jazz Festival
15th August – Spotted Dog, Birmingham
15th September – Lancaster Jazz Festival

I strong urge you, having heard their forthcoming album, to buy it – it is a beautifully honest example of what will smack you right in the chops when you see them liveMartin Powell, JATP

The Orpheus Project – In 2016/17, Kim was awarded over £30,000 by Arts Council England to run a series of tours featuring international artists in collaboration with UK artists. She and her co-director Riley Stone-Lonergan ran the Orpheus Project from its inception and produced tours featuring Ingrid Jensen, Seamus Blake and Ellery Eskelin. A new Orpheus Project series is scheduled for 2019. More information – www.orpheusjazz.org

Deep Tide Quartet – A quartet of improvisers drawing heavily from visual stimuli including photographs and graphic scores, Deep Tide Quartet releases their debut album See One, Do One, Teach One on Discus Music in autumn 2017. Also featuring Laura Cole, Martin Archer and Walt Shaw. A string of live performances for autumn 2017 will be announced soon including Liverpool and Birmingham. More information – http://discus-music.co.uk/

Kim also appears on the following Discus releases –

Safety Signal From a Target Town – Engine Room Favourites (late 2017)
Storytellers – Storytellers (2016)
Vestigium – Martin Archer & Julie Tippetts (2015)
Blue Meat, Black Diesel & Engine Room Favourites – Engine Room Favourites (2013)



  1. Saw you with Arun Ghosh at Ribble Valley Jazz festival. Thought you complemented each other very well. Any plans for future collaboration?


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