About Kim


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

The bit in my own words…

As a performer, I work mostly in the world of free improvisation. I enjoy the space this context allows artists to express themselves, to explore and build and make music that reflects what they think, hear and feel in the moment.

As a composer, I work mainly with non-standard notation, otherwise known as graphic scores. I’m particularly interested in ekphrasis, the process of using one art form as the basis for another. Pieces of literature and visual art are often at the core of my work.

I believe strongly in an artists’ responsibility to use their voice to shout about what’s important and my work often has political, moral and ethical motivation.

When I’m not working, I read, look at visual art, cook and play video games.

The official bio bit promoters etc can copy and paste…

 “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.

Kim combines a vibrant performance/artistic schedule with a full programme of industry work.

Current artistic work –
Family Band (chordless quartet)
We Tell Ourselves Stories In Order To Live (solo trumpet & spoken word)
Seeing Sound (Duo with Raymond MacDonald exploring graphic scores)

Current Industry Work – Programmer at the Vortex Jazz Club, Chair of Jazz from Scotland, Board member of Jazz Promotion Network & various freelance engagements including speaker/panellist on topics including diversity within the arts, gender politics, talent development and national identity.

Kim also appears on the following Discus releases –

See One, Do One, Teach One – Deep Tide Quartet (2018)
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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