zappatronix / marco cortesi
Marco Cortesi the mastermind behind Zappatronix.
Zappatronix got invited to the 17th edition of the Zappanale festival. Unfortunately, the band had to cancel this gig.
|marco cortesi: triblu
(1997, cd, switzerland, altri suoni)
|marco cortesi: why not
(2000, cd, switzerland, altri suoni)
|marco cortesi: falzer
(2006, cd, ??, membranerecords)
Zappatronix: Switzerland (march 2005) and Portugal
the www.mx3.ch website:
Cortesi was born in 1962 in Locarno, Switzerland. He starts to approach music
seriously toward the age of 20, after graduation in high school. Marco attends
several Italian summer camps with Joe di Jorio, Jim Hall, Mick Goodrick and
other well-known artists. From 1985 to 1991 he enrolls at the Swiss Jazz School
Bern, where he has the opportunity to study and play with Frank Sikora, Rachel
Gould, Woody Shaw, Sal Nistico and others.
graduation at SJS (in '91), he starts a musical and artistical relationship with
american and european musicians and starts work on a regular basis with Gene
Calderazzo in a trio that features special guests such as Franco Ambrosetti,
Walt Szymansky, Jon Davis, Mark Abrams, Dario Deidda, Jeff Gardner, Rick
Margitza, Giorgio di Tullio, Alberto Bonacasa and many others.
these projects (with different line-ups: from the trio to the quintet) he
performs at numerous Swiss and Italian festivals and in clubs in both countries,
such as Blues To Bop Festival, Estival Jazz Lugano, Swiss Diagonales, Brissago
Jazz Evenings, Jazztage Dübendorf, Jazz Festival Willisau, Montreux Jazz
Festival, Festival für Alte Music, Zürich, etc.
1997 he's called to London for a tour with the Gene Calderazzo Quartet. That
same year the Swiss label Altri Suoni releases his first CD "Triblu".
In 1999 he works with the N.Y pianist Jeff Gardner, for a successful tour and a
fruitful recording session. During the fall of 2000 and the spring of 2001 (on a
sponsorship by Swisscom) he's on tour with prestigious tenor sax player Rick
Margitza (ex Miles Davis Band). His second CD "Why Not", with Rick
Margitza as guest player, is released in late November 2000 by Altri Suoni. In
2002 he's called in Napoli for a serie of concerts and plays at Estival Jazz
(Lugano) as special guest in Franco Ambrosetti's project"Grazie
Together with the trumpet player Hilaria Kramer he puts up various projects in
the field of electronic music, such as "Jazzotronix" and
"Zappatronix", a tribute to Frank Zappa that involves music and
that same period of time he starts a collaboration with the prestigious lute
player Luca Pianca in a crossover project between baroc music and jazz.
the composer and viola player Walter Fähndrich he's working on improvised music
in the classic contemporary field.
third CD "Falzer" is released march 2006 by Membranerecords.
Zappatronix is performed successfully around Switzerland and Portugal with a 14
: July-Zappatronix is invited to Zappanale 17th ed. In Rostock(D) and in Berlin
for the opening ceremony of the Frank Zappa Strasse.
Cortesi is the author of all the music played by his group, all the tracks
featured in his CDs, and the movie soundtracks he has performed. He also writes
music for jingles, radio tunes, and electronic compositions for professional use
in the media business.
official endorser of Rash guitars and Schertler sound equipment.