Born 1961 in Belgium of Greek parents, Michel HATZIGEORGIOU starts playing the bouzouki at the age of 9
with 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
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 such as RENAUS, Marc LELANGUE,
He also played with Philip CATHERINE, Serge LAZAREVITCH, Diederik WISSELS, Raphaëel SCHILLEBEECKX, Stéphane MARTINI, Pierre VAN DORMAEL, Jacques PELZER, etc...
He then joins Toots THIELEMANS and plays many concerts with him, in the company of Michel HERR (p, kb) and Bruno CASTELLUCCI (drs).
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 performed a lot 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 Bruno CASTELLUCCI Quartet.
He recorded with keyboard player Olivier TRUAN, drummer Bruno CASTELLUCCI,
trumpet player Gino LATTUCA, bluesman Marc LELANGUE, pianist Kris DEFOORT,
saxophonist Erwin VANN trio or quartet 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.
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).
He currently presents MELANGTRONIC, a trio with Jozef DUMOULIN (Rhodes) and Lieven VENKEN (drs).
Since 88, he teaches at the Brussels Music Conservatory.
Michel HATZIGEORGIOU 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.
see AKA MOON
He also presented an "Hommage to Jaco PASTORIUS, Jimi HENDRIX, Janis JOPLIN..." with a big band.
Also involved in the "VARIATIONS ON A LOVE SUPREME" project and CD.