Tour with Jerry Marotta
by Guillermo Cides
After 25 concerts in Spain and some in Switzerland,
France and Italy, we have finished our tour.
It is not simple to describe a tour of 6 weeks in
a couple of lines, and finally when I look back,
there is an impressive musical energy. I believe
that the natural state of musicians is playing every
Evidently this is not easy to do, and the organization
of a tour of this dimension required the effort
of many people. But when finally it happens and
you play every day in a different place and the
nervousness from the beginning is transformed to
calm and into good playing, you can do nothing less
than enjoy what you are doing.
Jerry Marotta is simply incredible. He is not the
type of “demonstrative” drummer as is
expected by other drummers, on the contrary, Marotta
convinces by his incredible capacity of time keeping
- almost perfect- and also when he plays in concert
“it seems that he is recording a Cd,"
as commented our Pepe Bao. The prudence, the perfect
timing, the good taste in the choice of rhythms,
his creativity and finally his quality interpretation,
finds in him a heart that roars healthy and with
force in a band.
Pepe Bao is a musician whom the people of each city
in Spain love and know. Pepe is our “Spanish
famous musician” but much more than that,
is an excellent musician and a person of great charisma
and feelings. Pepe Bao gave a force to the band
and captivated all that were there to hear it.
Some shows in Spain also were with the Marotta/Cides
duo, a pair that transformed itself into a “power
duo,” obtaining some really interesting results.
The audience requested Cds from us which makes us
raise the possibilty of a future recording of this
The Marotta/Cides/Bao trio appeared in different
cities, among them Madrid and Barcelona in the Bikini
Theater, with excellent response from the public.
The communication between the three was excellent
from the beginning. An incredible element was that
Bao does not speak English, and Jerry does not speak
Spanish, but when heads meet with this level of
musicianship there is found no lack for not being
able to engage in dialog: music simply appears in
Personally I will continue playing concerts with
Pepe Bao - there are already concerts scheduled
for the following months. It is truly an honor to
be able to have made this long Spanish tour a reality.
It is always an honor to be a part of these types
of tours which now include those of Trey Gunn, California
Guitar Trio, Oxygene Eight with Linda Cushma and
now with the ex-Peter Gabriel drummer Jerry Marotta
on his visit to Spain.
For the concerts of Switzerland, Italy and France
we were joined by the Israeli Stickista/singer Irene
Orleansky. Spontaneous, sweet and energetic, she
gave a different point of view, with a calm musicality
that was complemented with our “masculine
musical speed.” Songs of old Israeli tradition,
with tribal songs and songs from her own repertoire
allowed us to form a spontaneous trio with a great
musical diversity that the public enjoyed in the
concerts in which she participated.
In summary, 25 concerts, 4 countries, different
languages and audiences and one long list of anecdotes
and experiences that will be not only in our curriculum,
but in our memories and hearts.
See you in the following tour!
14 Junio: España/Valencia/sala Wha Wha/c.Campoamor
52 (con Pepe Bao) 21h
15 Junio: España/Castellón/sala Terra/c.Ramon
Llull 19 (dúo Marotta/Cides) 21h
19 Junio: España/Madrid/concierto Televisión
Española (con Pepe Bao)
20 Junio: España/Madrid/sala Clamores/c.Alburquerque
14 (con Pepe Bao. Banda invitada Psicotropia) 21h
21 Junio: España/Tres Cantos/sala Hog Destiny/Avda.
Viñuelas 17 (con Pepe Bao) 21h
22 Junio: España/Colmenar/Casa Juventud/Ctra.Hoyo
de Manzanares 16 (dúo Marotta/Cides. Banda
invitada Sr .Morfus) 21h
24 Junio: España/Marinaleda (Andalucía)/sala
Palo Palo/Avda. Libert s/n (con Pepe Bao)
27 Junio: España/Barcelona/clinic Bateria-Stick/Esc.
JamSession/c.Sant Germà 8 19h
28 Junio: España/Barcelona/sala Bikini/c.Deu
i Mata 105 (con Pepe Bao. Bandas invitadas Y3 +
Icebend) 21 h. Entradas anticipadas www.20gr.com
29 Junio: España/Zaragoza/Festival Tea07/Auditorio
de Zaragoza (dúo Marotta/Cides)
30 Junio: España/L'Startit/sala Mariscal/c.Barcelona
51 (dúo Marotta/Cides) 22h
04 Julio: España/Santander/sala BNS/Avda.
Reina Victoria 46 (con Pepe Bao) 21h
06 Julio: Suiza/Basel/sala Cuturium/Gempenstrasse
60 (con Irene Orleansky)
07 Julio: Italia/Piacenza/Pollo Loco/via galileo
galilei 50 (con I. Orleansky)
08 Julio: Italia/Schio/Vanilla Café/C. Commerciale
Summano (con Irene Orleansky)
09 Julio: Suiza/Tesserete/Irish Club Alpino, via
Fraschini/ (con Irene Orleansky)
11 Julio: España/Mallorca/Vilafranca (dúo
14 Julio: España/Mallorca/PortoCristo (dúo
16 Julio: Francia/Juan les Pins/47╝Jazz Festival
Juan les Pins (con Irene Orleansky)
18 Julio: España/Jaén/Bar Fogo/c.Virgen
de Guadalupe 9 (con Pepe Bao) 22h
20 Julio: España/Santander/festival Mar Sessions