|Shaking a Stick
at musical convention
What do you mean when you say, “the truth is the power?”
Progression: What do you when you find it difficult
to come up with new ideas and sounds?
Progression: What advice would you give to someone that
is considering taking on the Stick?
"My solo performances give me a lot of good feelings, travels
and nice moments in my life. I also have other projects and one is a new
trio, The Electrik Consort. One of the instruments featured in this group
is the Hurdy-Gurdy, a type of antique violin that you play while turning
on a crank. We play a weird kind of music with loops, electronic rhythms
and ethnic percussion. Another of my favorite current side projects is a
CD collaboration that includes the fantastic Tim Alexander from PRIMUS on
Progression: You have a natural sense of humor and passion for life, music, and the arts. A rare and charming storyteller, will you tell the readers a story?
Cides: "A story…… mmmm….... I remember a lot of experiences with much affection. I think that what decided my perception of the music business was being involved with legendary figures such as Rick Wakeman, Jethro Tull, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Fish, Roger Hodgson….. to name a few. I think I was very surprised to be playing my songs in the shows of these artists. Especially because my songs have no pretensions at all of being on the pop charts or for any economic purpose or gain. I suppose the artists that accepted my presence there, did only because they wanted to hear someone who really just wanted to make music – especially Roger Hodgson and Fish, with whom I shared a couple of dinners and beers."
"I have a lot of good memories of these concerts and I’ll tell of one here that I have never told. So… Roger, if you ever read this, I apologize…!”
“We were doing one of ten concerts that Hodgson played in South America. The concert promoters decided that I would open each show, so I was on “tour staff.” Every show was incredible, especially for me. Every night I was standing in front of thousands of people – me, alone on stage with my Stick and illuminated by a white light – which made me kind of an outcast among the crowd."
"There was always a very positive response to my music at these shows, especially in Peru. There were hundreds of people in the audience with infrared lights that were so popular at the time. So, as I was getting ready to start that night, the whole stage was filled with infrared lights that blinked on and off, and the man that presented the show walked on stage and announced that the show would begin in just a few minutes. I was standing on one side of the stage and thinking, “Oh my God, when I enter the stage, people will see that I am not Roger Hodgson and they will burn me alive with those infrared lights!
"I could imagine myself playing underneath this “shower of hot rays.” So I spoke with one of the promoters of my concerns with all these lights, but we did not find a solution. At the last minute, I came up with an idea. I decided to take the matter into my own hands and speak to the announcer. Putting on the best face I could of “serious musician,” I told him, “Tell the promoters that Mr. Hodgson will not go out to the stage if these infrared rays are not shut off right now.” Without hesitation, the presenter went out to the stage and up to the microphone, announcing this message to the audience. All the infrared lights shut down immediately!"
"Within a minute and a half, I appeared on the stage and said, “Good evening, Peru!”"
Progression: In conclusion, this writer feels that this world is a better place because Guillermo Cides and his music are in it. Thank you, Mr. Cides, for your interview. For more information, please visit the Stick Center at www.stickcenter.com.
Cides with Rick Wakeman
© Progression • Winter 2006
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