Educational background

"Marco 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.


Festival apparences, collaborations and published works

After graduation at SJS (in ’91), he starts a musical and artistical relationship with american and european musicians and starts working on a regular basis with Gene Calderazzo in a trio that features special guests such as Franco Ambrosetti, Walt Szymansky, Jon Davis, Pietro Tonolo, Mark Abrams, Dario Deidda, Jeff Gardner, Rick Margitza, Javier Girotto, Alberto Bonacasa and many others.
With different projects he performs at numerous Swiss and Italian festivals , 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. and in clubs in various european countries.
In 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 and he's composer and performer, with a jazz quartet, of a soundtrack for a huge multimedia theater show, called "Ingorgo Cosmico".
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 Italia”.
2003/4: Together with 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 videoart. In that same period of time he starts a collaboration with prestigious lute player Luca Pianca in a crossover project between baroc music and jazz. With composer and viola player Walter Fähndrich he’s been working for a while on improvised music.
His third CD “Falzer” is released march 2006 by Membranerecords.
2005: Zappatronix is performed successfully around Switzerland and Portugal with a 14 gigs tour.
2007: July-Zappatronix is invited to Zappanale 17th ed. In Rostock(D). Toward the end of that same year, he puts up the quartet“ENS Live”, with drummer Giorgio Di Tullio, bass player Yuri Goloubev and saxophonist Max Pizio, lately substituted by the renowned clarinet player Mauro Negri.
2008: The first release of the band is “Live in Monte Verità”, by Vibra Records, Italy.
2009: TCB Music, Switzerland, releases the second ENS Live work: “Stan-Darts”. A few promotional tours follow the release.
2011: Meets UK based drummer Asaf Sirkis for a swiss summer tour and starts with him his EUropean Project also featuring Yuri Goloubev and swiss pianist Fabienne Ambuehl.
Composes a sound track for a documentary screened at Locarno Film Festival.
2013: Gigging around with his EUP or his Quartet, featuring great bass player Stefano Dall'Ora and Marco Zanoli on drums

Marco Cortesi also writes soundracks, music for jingles, radio tunes and electronic compositions for professional use in the media business and is a professional speaker.

He’s official endorser of Schertler sound equipment.