B i o g r a p h y
Singer-songwriter Marcos Pereda was born in Cuba in 1968 to a family of artists. Marcos has the gift of an angelic voice and a passion to communicate deep spiritual truth through words and music. He started playing guitar and composing songs when he was 17. Marco's music combines the melodic style of Nueva Trova (New Song) made popular by fellow Cuban Silvio Rodríguez, with Marco's own lyrics. The unique result is, as Marcos says, “Canciones del Espíritu”, Songs from the Spirit. In his music, sung in Spanish, one can hear elements of Flamenco and baroque in addition to traditional Cuban music.
In the 1980s ,Marcos was awarded first prize in the Cuban New Song festival in Havana. After that, he started playing in venues such as Casas de Cultura (cultural centers) around the capital, the Fine Arts Museum, the Spanish Embassy, the theater of the Plaza de la Revolución, and the Cafe Cantante of the National Theater.
Since arriving in the United States in 1999, Marcos has played at the Minneapolis Government Center, La Pena in Berkeley, for weddings, house concerts , events etc ,from Mendocino County, to the bay area. He livies now in Sonoma county.He also teaches Cuban folk music at the Lake Tahoe Community College Spanish Immersion program.
Marcos has played with musicians in the US including Grammy Award winner Paul McCandless, and with Grammy nominated guitarist Alex De Grassi, Cuban musicians Kelvis Ochoa and Maykel Blanco among others. He has an Album , "Cositas de Mar"
producei by Alex De Grassi and with his participation as a guitar player .Marcos is available to play house concerts, for special events, weddings etc