Photo: César Mansilla
Maribel Tafur (MRBL)
Composer, multi-instrumentalist, music producer, electronic performer and DJ. Her creations involve ambient, downtempo, experimental and her classical piano early formation. Her sound is defined by unique atmospheres, warm melodies, textural layers, rhythm exploration, hypnotic beat making and field recordings manipulation.
Maribel has released music with Delicieuse Musique (France), XLR8R (US), Hummelrund auf Erdenflug (Germany), New Latam Beats (Chile), Random Collective (Costa Rica), Unsbeat (Brazil), Noot (Peru), Blankhaus (Peru) and Surrounding (Peru).
She has performed in festivals such as Primavera Pro, Amplify, Yavería, Ruidosa, Fiesta de la Música - Alianza Francesa, Cultura Libre, Lima Mon Amour and places such us Espacio Fundación Telefónica, Museo Mario Testino. She opened the concerts of Slowdive, José Gonzalez, Devendra Banhart and DIIV in Lima. She was the Peruvian artist representative invited to the Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp (Chile) in 2016.
For Maribel music creation is a multi-process which involves moods, sense, honesty, basic and complex tools and blend of music genres. Also visual elements are important for her inspiration journey. Her commitment in every production is to transport the listener to another place and make a sensory impact.
On December 2013 she released her debut EP "Mysteries Of Love", an electronic/ambient EP. Between 2015 and 2016 she released the singles "Summer Dreams" (Delicieuse Musique) and "InWi" (Independent). Then she was invited to produce a track for "South-American Women In Electronic Music" Compilation. On October 8th 2018 she released "Hidden Years" (EP) via Blankhaus Label. In february 2019 the Orbita compilation of brazilian label Unsbeat was released with her new track 'Muya'. She has released 'Intimpa' in the compilation New Latam Beats from Peru and 'Grevillea' in the recent compilation of the german label Hummelrund auf Erdenflug. She is working in her new LP, more singles and collaborations.
In 2019 Ian Urbina asked her to participate in The Outlaw Ocean Music Project, by producing an EP. Ian Urbina is a Pulitzer winner, journalist at The New York Times, contributing writer in National Geographic and author of the book 'The Outlaw Ocean'.
The visuals of her Live performances are made by the peruvian visual artist Juan Carlos Yanaura:
Today she is also a member of the electronic folk band Budapest, winner of Ibermusicas and incentives of Ministerio de Cultura for Music Video.
She also colaborates with the tech designer Katia Vega (www.katiavega.com) in her technology and wearable computer projects.
She wrote and produced the background music for all the restaurants of Peruvian chefs Virgilio Martínez and Pia León: Central, Mil Centro, Kjolle and Mayo Bar. The project involved more than 150 ambient and soundscape tracks specially created for the sensory experience inside the restaurants. She also has done musical curator for more than 65 peruvian and international brands and for fashion shows.
Her music has been reviewed by press and virtual magazines like Remezcla, Sounds and Colours, Indie Hoy, Bandcamp Daily, Thump y Shookdown.