The Marmalade Skies Project

Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $20.00
Seniors: $15.00

Students: $10.00


This project is a heartfelt tribute to the timeless music of The Beatles, as told through many musical languages--rumba flamenca, the Afro-Cuban charanga, soul/jazz, Pink Floyd-style psychedelia--it's all here, the classic songs you know and love in brand-new settings.

The musicians:

Marcus Gerakos - guitarist, arranger

Since earning his bachelors' degree in music from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1990, Marcus Gerakos has enjoyed an eclectic and busy career in music, from his collaborations with Grammy-winning percussionist Alex Acuna to his recordings with internationally-known reggae artist Avion Blackmon to performances with Grammy-winning saxophone legend Justo Almario and platinum-selling smooth-jazz pioneer John Klemmer. He has performed in the near and far corners of the world, from Canada and Mexico to Central America and the Far East. He is recognized by many of his well-known musical peers as one of the finest guitarists in the business. He has recorded in a variety of settings, including many TV and radio projects, and has a long list of CD credits as a session player. He has arranged and performed some of the classical guitar's most demanding literature, including the 24 Caprices for Solo Violin by Nicolo Paganini, as well as popular songs treated with intricate counterpoint and harmonies reminiscent of pianist Bill Evans.
 
He has earned critical praise as a solo artist, recording two albums and garnering international airplay and rave reviews as leader and composer of his Latin jazz group, Escenas. Two songs he wrote and arranged this past year for the children’s charity project, “Yes We Serve; For The Children”, have enjoyed considerable airplay in the U.S. and in Ghana, West Africa, where funds are being raised to build schools and youth camps for Ghanaian children. His latest solo release, “Marmalade Skies: Songs of The Beatles, Vol. 1”, features many of his well-known musical colleagues like Artie Webb, considered by many to be the finest Latin jazz flautist of his generation, and Francisco Loyo, arranger and musical director for Latin pop superstar Luis Miguel. “Marmalade Skies” and its predecessor, “As Twilight Approaches”, are both available through iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, and most other major online retailers. Marcus’s performing group, The Marmalade Skies Project, was invited to perform at the 2017 Winter NAMM Convention in Anaheim, where they garnered an artist endorsement from Audix Microphones, and at the manufacturing headquarters of DW Drum Manufacturers, where they performed at the world-renown Drum Channel Studio.

Marcus has been a guest lecturer at the campuses of UCLA, Cal Poly Pomona, and Los Angeles City College, performing and discussing twelve of the twenty-four Caprices for Solo Violin, Opus 1, by the legendary violinist/composer Nicolo Paganini. His new album, “Twelve Caprices: The Art of Paganini”, is available at all major online retailers.

About this project: "Marmalade Skies" is my tribute to the heroes of my formative years, and the synthesis of my eclectic musical travels around the world. It's a tribute to the lasting power of great melodies and inventive arrangements, and to the Fab Four's fearless explorations into uncharted musical territories. They showed us all how great records are made. And this record, "Marmalade Skies", is my own personal thank-you letter to the creators of these timeless classics. My own magical mystery tour, if you will.
 

Francisco Loyo - keyboards

Grammy Award winning keyboardist, producer, arranger and composer Francisco Loyo studied music at the Conservatorio de Musica in Mexico City in the late 1970s, where he earned a Bachelor of Music degree in composition and piano. During and after that time he was an in-demand keyboard player in Top 40 bands in Mexico City and Acapulco. In 1982 he relocated to New York and played in various bands there until 1985, when he moved to Los Angeles to take a gig as a house musician at Disneyland.

In 1993 Francisco was asked to join Luis Miguel’s touring band as the primary keyboardist and has been an arranger and also the musical director for the band since 1998. In addition he has written and produced songs on many of Luis Miguel’s most popular albums, including Mis Romances and the Grammy award winning Mexico En La Piel and Amarte es un Placer, which won three Latin Grammys including Album of the Year.

 

Giulio Figueroa - drums, percussion

Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, internationally renowned Grammy and Latin Grammy award winner Giulio Figueroa begun playing music at the age of ten. Julio’s multicultural background allows him to adapt to any percussive situation, and makes him a much sought-after drummer, percussionist, producer and musical director in the United States. Versatility is one of his strongest assets.

In 1993 he moved to Los Angeles, and since then his distinctive sound has become part of the fabric of everyday life in the US. His music is heard on television, radio, movie soundtracks and jingles such as: Coca Cola, Sony, Clamato, Hughes Satellite, Medicare, Fox Sports, Remax, Tequila Cuervo, One Touch, Johnson and Johnson, etc.

As one of the world’s top drummers and percussionists in the business, Julio has performed pivotal roles both live and in the studio with some of today’s most popular artists including; Cirque du Soleil, BB King, Michael Jackson, Jose Feliciano, Donna Summer, Jennifer Lopez, Andrea Bocelli, Babyface, Patti LaBelle, Katharine McPhee, Johnny Mathis, David Foster, Kenny O’Brien, The Castaways, Enrique Iglesias, Cristian Castro, Gloria Trevi, RBD, Pee Wee, La 5ta Estacion, Thalia, Joan Sebastian, Juan Gabriel, Celia Cruz, Alejandro Sanz, Carl Verheyen, Paul Baloche, David Pack, Michael W. Smith, Ken Reynolds, Salvador, Tommy Walker, Rick Muchow, Kirk Whalum, Morris Chapman, Melvin Davis, Abraham Laboriel, Tom Brooks, Jon Montalban, Rique Pantoja, Alex Acuna, Justo Almario, Joao Alexandre, Baby do Brasil, Paulina Aguirre, Jessy J etc.
 

Dan Baker - bass

Dan Baker comes from a family of highly esteemed professional bass players. His grandfather met his great-uncle in the bass section of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. From there, the legacy of bass players was established. His great uncle, Arni Heidrich held a chair with the LA Phil for 40 years. Bob Stone, his grandfather, was a bass player for the CBS studio Orchestra, Lucy Show, and countless major motion picture soundtracks, and his uncle Dave Stone is one of the top-call session players in Los Angeles and has worked on many major motion pictures, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Broadway musicals, and countless other sessions and gigs. It was only natural for Dan to become a bass player.

As a student at Hoover High School in Glendale, CA, he was the first in their history to receive a solo award from Downbeat Magazine's annual student music awards. This is a national competition including the entire United States and Canada. He won first Place in the Blues/Pop/Rock category as a soloist his junior year, and his senior year won it again along with the first place combo award and second place jazz instrumental soloist award. In addition to this, he was also principle bass for the Glendale Youth Orchestra for 6 years, principle bass of the Hoover orchestra, instructor of the Hoover Drum Corps, performed with the Tournament of Roses Parade honor band, and competed in the Winter Guard International Percussion World class finals with the Burbank Black Knights and the Cal State Northridge Indoor percussion Ensemble.

Since he graduated high school, Dan has been a professional bass player, studio musician, and percussion instructor. He has been featured in virtually every instrumental group he has performed with. Just after his first semester in college performing with the Santa Monica College Orchestra as principle bass, he auditioned for the Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus band and won the position as second youngest touring musician in the bands history. He toured with the them for a total of 5 years performing for nearly 100,000 people a week, 50 weeks a year in all the major arenas around the United States, Canada and Mexico City. He has also performed extensively with many different artists such as Ana Barbara, Luz Rios, RBD(Rebelde) World Tour 2007, Diego Gonzales, Cristian Castro, Tommy Walker, The Kry, Jessy J, Ricky Lawson, Blest, Paulina Aguirre, and various church worship bands.

Currently he is completing his Bachelors degree with Berklee College of Music online(class of 2017) while holding the position of Director of Percussion studies at Herbert Hoover High School, and Toll Middle School. The last four years he has propelled Hoover High School to win 4 consecutive Percussion State Championships.
Dan is currently working on his first solo record, and available for sessions and gigs.
 

 

 

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