Hailing from the country of Colombia, Mario Criales is a bassist, vocalist, composer and author who, after winning several awards for bass performance in his youth, has enjoyed a career of touring and performing that has taken him from Honduras to Kenya to Italy. He has also sailed much of the globe as a bandleader for Holland America Line, and is endorsed by Aguilar amps.
Much of Mario’s career has been spent as an ambassador of joropo, a hybrid style of music originating in his native Colombia. To this end, he has given masterclasses at prestigious institutions such as the Berklee School of Music, released an original album entitled Influencias, and published a book, El Bajo y el Joropo Llanero, in 2017.
That said, Mario’s passion for joropo has never compromised his love and dedication to other styles, from jazz to pop to classical. He currently resides in Amsterdam, where he continues to perform, teach, compose, and churn out intoxicatingly groovy bass lines.