Marcos Ribas was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on September 10th from 1966. The interest in music begun at a very young age; the guitar was the chosen instrument. Between 12 and 18 years old he had many and varied guitar instructors; then he studied classical guitar with Enrique Berro García.

Between 1986 and 1993 he was founder member of Rael group, participating as a bass player, guitarist and composer, with whom he performs on the main theatres of Buenos Aires, including “Obras Sanitarias” stadium. With the group he realises the CD Mascaras Urbanas in 1992, which was re-realized in 1997 by Musea Records from France.

He was guitar instructor at Pianissimo music school in Bs. As.; he also works as private instructor since 1987, giving group and individual lessons both in Argentina and Chile.

Between 1994 and 2003, he attended several Guitar Craft residential courses conducted by Robert Fripp; he also participated in “GC Performance Projects” and “NST Introduction Weekends”. In 1994 he settles in Chile and begins playing with Nimbus group; then he will found a guitar trio called “Antiparras”.

Later, in 1998 he founds Sur Pacífico.

Since 1999 he begins to work with children, with the “Musical Exploration Workshops”, specially conceived for little kids. He has also worked at the “Escuela de Música Popular” from Achupallas, and in Sendas (Down Syndrome Kids Centre).

In 2002 together with the group gets a FONDART award, with this prize, he records and produces the first “Sur Pacifico” CD, “In the Beginning”.

In 2005 performs as a member of the legendary ensemble "The League of Crafty Guitarists" in Mendoza, Argentina.

He is also founder of the “Musical Open Circles®” (Communication, Learning, and Cooperation through Rhythm), a program dedicated to the group musical work as a way of therapy, synergetic experience, and entertainment, which aim is to make the musical experience available to people from all kind of background, as a way of improving their life standard.

© Marcos Ribas 2004
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