Bass player, composer and producer, born 14 January 1974 in Mexico City. Probably most famous for being the bass player of Jaguares, Saúl Hernandez´s solo project and previously Lila Downs, Marco Rentería has had a prolific career in the Mexican and international music scene.
American and Latin Grammy winner, Marco was the recipient of the 2008 best latin rock or alternative Grammy for his work with Jaguares on the album "45"
In 2009 for his work on the album "45" with Jaguares he was the recipient of a Latin Grammy in the category of "Best Rock Album."
Son of world-class bass player Marco Mendoza, Marco Rentería was naturally a music lover from an early age. At the age of 3, he moved back from Chulavista, Ca, to Mexico City where he grew up, greatly influenced by his uncle's eclectic music collection. He was exposed to classic rock, pop, fusion, world music and progressive rock.
At age 13, he started visiting his father in Los Angeles and became a frequent spectator of his celebrated trio with Joey Heredia and Renato Neto. He learned by watching and listening to them perform over the months and years at La Ve Lee Jazz Club. That and the discovery of ,Weather Report's album, Black Market, with ground-breaking bass performances by Jaco Pastorius and Alphonso Johnson, made an indelible impact on his life. At the age of 21, upon completing Aeronautical studies, he quit his career - against strong opposition from his family - and decided to become a full-time musician.
At first self-taught, he began classes with Aaron Cruz in 1996 whereupon he was introcuced to technique, music theory and the world of jazz and improvisation. Later, he studied double bass with Agustin Bernal and completed Advanced Music Theory by Dick Grove with teacher Tony Bravo,
Since then, he has also taken part in clinics by Gary Willis, Alain Caron, Brian Bromberg, Janek Gwizdala, Jerry Watts, Bunny Brunel and Jeff Berlin.
Further studies include Master Classes with bass players: Kai Eckhardt, Richard Bona, Richard Epesse both from Cameroon and more recently New York with Evan Marien, Felix Pastorius and Matt Garrison at Shapeshifter in Brooklyn.
In 2005, Marco was invited to join Jaguares,one of the most representative Mexican rock bands of all time,he recorded the critically acclaimed album "45".
Other recordings with Jaguares include, "La Martiniana" on an album commemorating Mexico´s Bicentenary of Independence and more recently, "Suertesita" interpreted by Saúl Hernandez for a tribute album to Enrique Bunbury from Los Heroes del Silencio.
His participation with Jaguares has also taken him on countless tours across the globe.
His performances have extended to stadiums and festivals worldwide such as: South by South West, Vive el Latino,Street Scene, Rock al Parque,Cumbre Tajin, Paleo in Switzerland and Womad in the UK and Canary Islands, organized by Peter Gabriel and transmitted by the BBC and other international media.
Marco moved to Los Angeles in 2006 with the aim of expanding his musical horizons, submerging himself in his favourite musical styles; pop, rock, R&B, soul, funk, and gospel. He honed his professional skills on the stage and as a session musician, covering a broad spectrum of musical genres.
He has also collaborated, jammed and performed with the following artists: Joey Heredia, David Hidalgo, Renato Neto, Walter Turner, Brandon Coleman, Bryant Siono, Ritchie Kotzen, Marco Mendoza, Tommy Aldridge, Steve Lukather, Natalie Wilde, Michael Fortunato, Jamie Kime, Ty Baillie, Danny Carey, John Ziegler, Michael Fortunato, Doug Webb, Alan Zundelevich, Matthew Garstka, Alexandra Blakely, Louie Palmer, Dj Bonebrake, Fredo Ortiz, Lysa Flores, Michael Fortunato, Sagrario Salamanca, Hans Zermuehlen, Oskar Lee, Osmany Paredes, Rick Parker, Waldo Madera, Armando Montiel, Tim Kuhl, Aaron Lebos, Celso Duarte, Paul Cohen, Rafael Moreira, Steve Weingart, Mitch Manker, Gorden Campbell, Ryan Mcallister, Jorge Ezquivelzeta..........
For over two decades Marco Rentería has toured as a bass player around the USA,Canada,Europe and Latin America.
His most recent tour being with Saúl Hernandez of Los Caifanes and Jaguares, promoting his recent solo album, Remando, produced by Don Was with Howard Willing as engineer.
Other tours include Mexican artists: Cristian Castro, Pepe Aguilar, Kabah, Lila Downs. Ximena Sariñana, Erik Rubin, Jazzid, Klezmerson and Poncho Kings with whom he also had several important television appearances in Spain ,Mexico and Latin America.
JAGUARES - 45 - with Saúl Hernandez, Alfonso André, Diego Herrera and Vampiro
RHA Trio - Al Cuarto Día - With Hernan Hecht and Mark Aanderud
MADREFOKA - Inmensidad - with Juan Jose Lopez, Rodrigo Barbosa and Alejandro Campos
TRICIKLO - Corazon with Edy Vega and Francesc Alcalcer
MARCO MENDOZA - Live for Tomorrow ,one track(Let the Sun Shine)with Steve Lukather,Tommy Aldridge produced by Ritchie Kotzen.
MAQUINARORSCHACH - Kokoro - with Tom Kessler, Nico Santella and Gustavo Nandayapa
SAUL HERNANDEZ - Remando with Gustavo Nandayapa produced by Don Was and recorded by Howard Willing.
KLEZMERSON - Live - with Chali Mercado, Benjamin Schwartz, Juan Manuel Ledezma, Maria Emilia Martinez, Chatran Gonzalez, Rolando Morejon and Daniel Zlotnik
E.N.D - Volcanica - with Rene and Canek Zinho
LOS RADARES - with Abie Toiber and Hernan Hecht
COLECTIVO ZEBRA - with Gabriela Rivera,Sergio Galvan, Pascual Contreras,Guillermo Perata,Marco Castro , Luri Molina,Edy Vega,Pepe Moran, Israel Blancas
EL MALVADO TRIO - Por la Senda del Chile - with Gustavo Nandayapa and Bernardo Ron
GUPSTER - Debut Album - with Sarah Guppy, Javier Lara, Natalia Pérez, Tom Kessler, Blair Latham and Gustavo Nandayapa
NU JAZZ & GROOVE QUINTET- with Paco Herrejon, Jorge Pacheco, Enrique Nativitas and Blair Latham
MARCO RENTERIA - Inner Voice - with Francisco Lelo de Larrea, Giovanni Figueroa, Rodolfo Mendoza and Blair Latham
ELIZABETH MEZA -La Celula que Explota - Mauricio Claveria,Rosino Serrano, Alger Erosa,Enrique Neri, Francisco Sanchez Loaeza, Victor Patron Aaron Cruz
DAVID ALFANO - El Sonido de mi Vida -Ettore Grenci, Edy Vega, Juan Manuel Ledezma.
Apart from constant musical study, Marco Rentería is an active composer and versatile session musician, recording for different projects of varying musical genres.
Once again based in LA, he has been finishing the production of David Alfano's latest album El Sonido de mi Vida and Gupster's debut album.
He also can be seen live on stages in LA such as the Baked Potato with Butterface, a project of Jamie Kime's from Zappa play Zappa Band, Ty Baillie, Danny Carey from Tool and UK drummer, Louie Palmer, and his own project with Joey Heredia, Katisse Buckingham and Hans Zermuehlen.
He is still an active member of Jaguares and Saul Hernandez´s solo project, Klezmerson and Gupster touring and recording as and when necessary.
Marco is sponsored by Fender and uses their basses and amplifiers as a part of his sound, La Bella Strings and EBS Bass pedal effects.
Apart from giving one-to-one classes, he imparts regular workshops on behalf of Fender all over Mexico.