Mar de Copas

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Mar de Copas
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Background information
Origin Lima, Peru
Genres Alternative rock, new wave, Latin rock, post-punk
Years active 1992–present
Labels Mar de Copas Productions S.A.
Associated acts Circo Ficcion
El Aire
La Banda Azul
Los Hnos. Brother's
Los Inocentes
Los Trece Baladas
Narcosis
Ultramotor
Wicho Garcia & Fernando Chirinos
Website Official Website
Members Jose Manuel Barrios de la Puente
Phoebe Naufsika Condos
Luis Donaldo Garcia
Eduardo Jose Leverone
Cesar Zamalloa Diez Canseco
Past members Gerardo Cristobal
Jorge de Tramontana
Rocio Madueño
Christian Molina
Francisco "Pancho" Rodriguez
Claudia Salem
Felix Torrealva

Mar de Copas is a Peruvian rock band from Lima. They emerged from the South American independent music scene of the 1990s.

Mar de Copas sold over 50,000 copies of their first five albums in Peru, where an album with 5,000 copies sold is considered a "Disco de Oro" (Best-seller music award). No other Peruvian band has done the same. They are influenced by British and Spanish songwriters from the 1960s and 1980s, including music periods from "La Nueva Ola", folk and Britpop music style.

History[edit]

Jose Manuel Barrios

Mar de Copas was founded by Manuel Barrios and Eduardo Leverone in 1992, after splitting up their band Los Inocentes. They worked with Miki Gonzalez and Felix Torrealva on their first album as As de Copas. By then, Claudia Salem and Phoebe Condos, former friends, were invited to sing backing vocals for the first seven songs. Luis Garcia, previous sound engineer and former member of Narcosis, promised to sing the remaining songs and stay with the band as their singer. They finished 12 songs out of 16 by 1993, and changed the name to Mar de Copas. The band signed a contract with El Virrey record company, and initially made 300 cassette copies. The album was named "Mar de Copas". Songs like "Fugitivo" and "Cancion" were inspired in trips they made to Punta Sal and Tarma respectively. Rodrigo Quijano wrote the song "Cancion", the last song usually played in concerts, which questioned traditional beliefs in life[specify]. Barrios and Leverone wrote Western melodies in "Recompensa" and "Heroe del delito". "Faena" is attributed to bullfighting and "Mujer Noche" was used for their first video. August 1993, the band played live for the first time at the "Phantom Pub" in Lima.

In 1994, El Virrey changed to Eureka Records. Felix Torrealva left the band and current bassist Cesar Zamalloa took over the said position. Zamalloa played for Orgus, Cimarrones, Oblivium, and formed his own metal band called Ultramotor. Mar de Copas finished writing and editing 12 songs. The album Entre los Arboles was finalized and recorded in chronologic order. By local success, Mar de Copas and Entre los Arboles were sold in CD format. Miki Gonzalez played guitar on "Aqui en el borde del mar". Phoebe wrote the lyrics in "Blu Ice", and Barrios wrote "Morir un poco", attempting to duplicate his success in "Una historia mas" from the first album. After the album was finished, each member started alternate music projects that lasted until 1997.

Luis Garcia a.k.a. "Wicho"

Mar de Copas created their recording studio Villa Ruby and independent label Mar de Copas Productions S.A.. In mid-1997, the band finished their third album, III. The songs "C.P.A.M" and "L.B." mean "Carta para amigos muertos" ("Letter for My Dead Friends"), and "Luis Barrios" (Manuel Barrios' brother), respectively. "III" had no accompanying single. They wrote a song based on the Mexican Bolero called "Ni para rogar un beso" and their first vals "A Dios". "De tierra" is a song based on social issues from the 1990s. "L.B.", "Vaquera", and "Despedida" were included on the movie soundtrack of "No se lo digas a nadie". In 1998, the band had their first two albums re-released with bonus tracks. Zamalloa wrote "Con el mar", and was added in the re-released edition of "Entre los Arboles".

In 1999, Mar de Copas released Suna and three music videos. By then, they have influenced and produced for many bands in Lima such as Libido, Campo de Almas, TK, Dolores Delirio, Indigo, Cementerio Club, Wayo, Voz Propia, Daniel F, Zen and Los Hnos. Brother's. Mar de Copas's song "Samba" was inspired by Argentinean samba music. The song "Adios Amor" had inspiration from the war between Peru and Chile. The theme is about a Peruvian soldier who departed for the war on his wedding night and died in the battle of Tacna. Mar de Copas had four hit singles that year. The band also recorded two Italian ballads: "Serenata" and "Desconcierto".

Eduardo Leverone

In 2000, Mar de Copas was the first local band to play at the "Gran Estelar de la Feria del Hogar". In 2001, the band moved to another studio in San Antonio Miraflores, that being Villa Ruby II. They had an active concert schedule for a year. In 2002, Mar de Copas released their first live double album "En Vivo". In November, Mar de Copas recorded a media album Ramera, which includes their four videos, an electric version of a song titled "Ramera", a demo song by Barrios titled "Cancion que dejo de andar", and four acoustic songs.

In 2004, Mar de Copas released Si algo asi como el amor esta en el aire and a month later presented the album in "El Parque de la Exposicion". They received their first "Disco de Oro" and had four number one songs: "Si algo asi como el amor esta en el aire", "Balada de un encuentro fugaz", "Perdido" and "Llevame". In October, the band recorded the first DVD Peruvian production De Tierra at the Teatro Peruano Japones. Mar de Copas edited these songs for their then-upcoming album De Tierra with acoustic songs and three unreleased demos: "Cada vez", "Vacio", and "Luis". In 2005, the DVD was released which includes the concert, rare footage of the band, videos, demos, and interviews of the band. By the end of the year, Mar de Copas made the soundtrack of "Un dia sin sexo". In 2006, Claudia Salem left the band.

By the end of 2008, Mar de Copas played in Buenos Aires, Argentina at Centro Cultural Buen Ayre. As of January 2009, Mar de Copas was working on a studio album and a greatest hits collection. The release date is 2009.

Members[edit]

Cesar Zamalloa
Current Members
  • Manuel "Manolo" Barrios - lead guitar and vocals
  • Luis "Wicho" Garcia - vocals
  • Phoebe Condos - keyboards and backing vocals
  • Eduardo "Toto" Leverone - drums
  • Cesar Zamalloa - bass
Former members
  • Claudia Salem (1993–2005) - backing vocals and tambourine
  • Felix Torrealva (1993–1994) - bass
Guest musicians
  • Miki Gonzalez - guitar on "Aqui en el borde del mar" and harmonica on "Dulce y veloz"
  • Victor "El Gato" Villavicencio - piano and keyboards on "Prison" and "Cancion"
  • Miguel Navarro - English horn on "Cuenta la historia"

Discography[edit]

  • Mar de copas - 1993
  • Entre los arboles - 1994
  • III - 1997
  • Suna - 1999
  • 12 grandes exitos - 2000
  • En vivo (double disc) - 2002
  • Ramera (multimedia album) - 2002
  • Si algo asi como el amor esta en el aire - 2004
  • 12 canciones - 2004
  • De tierra - 2004
  • De tierra (DVD) - 2005
  • Todos los singles 2011
  • Seis - 2014
  • Lado B - 2014

Videography[edit]

Phoebe Condos
  • "Mujer noche" is the first official video made by the original members, including former bassist Felix Torrealva. The second version of the song was recorded in 1998, especially to fit the video. The video has scenes from a concert at "La Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru" in 1993. "Mujer noche" was originally written and sang by Barrios. Hugo Martinez was director the video, while Giancarlo Paz was editor and Patricia Salazar was the visual arts manager.
  • "Enloqueciendo", the second official video, was made as a 16 mm film. The video features cities and locations in northern Lima and Barranco. The script was written, directed, edited, and produced by Rafael Besaccia.
  • The third official video, "Suna", features animated drawings. All the pictures are made by Rafael Besaccia with paint and brush on paper. The animations are based on classic techniques and visual poetry from the 20th century. Barrios states that "Suna" is an angel, and that the viewer will be able to follow and interpret the first person story throughout the video. At the end, there is an acoustic version of the song that was the suggested version of "Suna", but the band decided to add it as the ending of the song.
  • "El rumbo del mar", the fourth official video contains pictures and recordings created since 1992. It portrays how the band has changed over the years and how they started. Some of the scenes are live concerts in "La Feria del Hogar", "La Noche Pub", and "La Estacion" in Barranco; there is also footage depicting the entrance to Villa Ruby, live recordings, and fans of the band. The video was produced and edited by Gerardo Cristobal.
"Mar de Copas" in the making of the video-Un dia sin Sexo
  • "Un dia sin sexo" is the fifth official Mar de Copas video. It was made for a Peruvian film of the same name. The video features clips from the movie and former member Claudia Salem before she left the band. The song was number one for seven weeks for the Peruvian radio station Studio 92. The theme of the video is to portrait the band on a distinctive red theater with bright lights on the background. The video was produced and directed by Frank Perez-Garland.
  • The "De tierra" DVD is the first Peruvian DVD production, released in 2005. The DVD features a live unplugged concert played in 2004 with 17 songs that are not part of the band's usual concert lists. The DVD also has previously unreleased material of the band, including interviews, T.V. appearances, and other concerts.

Related projects[edit]

  • No Name was a Beatles tribute band formed in 1981 by Luis Garcia, Mario Gomez, Joseph Newell, Daniel Padilla, and Coco Mariazza.
  • Narcosis was a punk band that lasted eight months and was formed in 1984 by Luis Garcia, Jorge Madueño, and Cachorro Vial. Narcosis recorded their only album, Primera Dosis, in 1985.
  • La Banda Azul was a pop rock band formed in 1986 by Luis Garcia, Miguel "Coyote" Denegri, Edgar Cuentas, Augusto Castro, and Manuel Garrido-Lecca. They recorded one album, Cuestion de Lugar in 1987.
  • Los Inocentes was a band formed in 1987 by Manuel Barrios, Gustavo Jimenez, Arturo Rivas, and Toto Leverone.
  • Orgus was a heavy metal band which lasted until 1990 and which featured Cesar Zamalloa as guitarist. The band was awarded second place for a music challenge between 120 local bands made by the Esquina magazine.
  • Cimarrones was a rock band formed in 1990 by Daniel Flores, Constantino Alvarez, Cesar Zamalloa, and Chevo Ballumbrosio.
Los Trece Baladas: Set List
  • El Aire was a rock band formed in 1996 by Jose Javier Castro on lead guitar and vocals, Cesar Zamalloa on bass, Manuel Barrios on guitar, and Constantino Alvarez on drums. Other artists that have helped the band include Luis Sanguinetti, Adrian Arguedas, Gonzalo Farfan, Carlos Criminal, Crinsom Sinclair, and Armando Andrade. The band has played with Mouse on Mars on May 16, 2008.
  • Circo Ficcion was formed in 1996 by Cesar Zamalloa on bass, Ramon Perez-Prieto on guitar and vocals, Jorge de Tramontana on lead guitar, Constantino Alvarez on drums, and Grimaldo del Solar on guitar. This band recorded one album.
  • In 1997, Avispon Verde was formed by Rafael Morales on keyboards, guitar, and vocals; Pierpa de Bernardi on drums; and Cesar Zamalloa on bass. This band had one album recorded.
  • Los Trece Baladas was a cover band formed in 1998 by Manuel Barrios on guitar and vocals, Toto Leverone on drums, Cesar Zamalloa on bass, Abel "Capitan Pomada" Salcedo on guitar, and Jorge de Tramontana on lead guitar. Los Trece Baladas arranged covers of "La nueva ola" and they have gained international recognition from their albums Lo que un dia fue no sera and Volume 2. Some of the artists they covered include Nino Bravo, José José, Leonardo Favio, José Feliciano, Camilo Sesto, Nicola Di Bari, Juan Gabriel, Manolo Galvan, and Los Iracundos, among others.
  • Los Hnos. Brother's was a hard rock band formed in 1999 by Cesar Zamalloa on bass, Eduardo Chaparro on vocals, Jorge de Tramontana on lead guitar, and Hector Quintanilla on drums.
  • Ultramotor is a hardcore formed in 2001 by Cesar Zamalloa on guitar, Constantino Alvarez on drums, and Alfonso Montesinos on bass.
  • Luis Garcia & Fernando Chirinos is a duo that sings and plays acoustic songs A cappella of Los Secretos, Antonio Vega, Pistones, Duncan Dhu, Gabinete Caligari, Nacha Pop, La Granja, Metadona, Narcosis, Enrique Urquijo y Los Problemas, El Ultimo de la Fila, Mama, Los Bolidos, 12 Garras, and Radio Futura.

Soundtracks[edit]

  • The 1998 Peruvian/Spanish movie "No se lo digas a nadie", directed by Francisco J. Lombardi, featured three Mar de Copas songs: "LB", "Vaquera", and "Despedida". The accompanying novel was written by Jaime Bayly and produced by Andres Vicente Gomez.
  • The 2001 Peruvian/German movie "Y si te vi, no me acuerdo", directed by Miguel Barreda Delgado and produced by Stefan Kaspar, had 57 songs written and recorded by Luis Garcia.
  • The 2001 Peruvian movie "Bala perdida", directed by Aldo Salvini and produced by Iguana Productions, had 36 original songs by Manuel Barrios and two by Luis Garcia; Garcia edited the songs a year later.
  • The 2005 Peruvian movie "Un dia sin sexo", directed by Frank Perez-Garland and produced by Fabrizio Aguilar, had five Mar de Copas songs, four of which were unreleased: "Viejo amor, nuevo amor", "Lisa en el espejo", "Llevame", "Falso amor", and "Un dia sin sexo".

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