Marcos Coll was born in Madrid (Spain) in 1976 and moved to Santiago DC soon after. At the age of 13 he started to play harmonica, strongly influenced by his uncle and the Spanish blues harp legend Ñaco Goñi.

After playing with various amateur bands, such as the Red Bues Band, he formed his first professional band called Bluerags. In 1999 he moved back to Madrid to join the then most successful Spanish blues band "Tonky Blues Band". With this band, at the age of 21, he had the great opportunity to tour and record with blues and rock legends like Mick Taylor (Rolling Stones) and Buddy Miles (Jimmy Hendrix Band of gipsys). He even had an impressive gig with Tom Jones !! After all these years of important experiences, he formed his own band called 'Los Reyes del Ko' with his best friend and legendary guitar player and singer Adrian Costa, which soon became a top blues band in Spain and Europe, winning several awards and nominations. In 2004 he moved to Berlin and the band won more awards and prestige. Even in the Galician music school books a whole page about the band appeared. He has also shared the stage with world stars like Buddy Guy, Chuck Berry, John Mayall, Johnny Winter, Solomon Burke, Robert Cray, the Animals, or the Fabulous Thunderbirds.

In 2004 Marcos moved to Berlin and was soon introduced to the blues scene by well-known German blues musicians like Chris Rannenberg or Micha Maass.

As a studio musician he recorded with famous Spanish bands like Siniestro Total and many more. He also made music for television or set silent movies to music. Although he is not a permanent composer, some of his songs have already found their way into TV series or movies like the blockbuster in Mexico "Suave Patria" and one of the team anthems of the Spanish basketball club Obradoiro CAB of the ACB of the Spanish League. In the team he played in the youth team himself at that time. For several years he taught harmonica in Spain's music schools and today he still gives workshops and "masterclasses" in Spanish, English and German all over the world.

As an endorser for the well known musical instrument company Hohner, he performed at the World Harmonica Festival in Trossingen, Germany in 2009 and 2013, which takes place every four years, and in addition to his band performances at the world's most important harmonica festival, he gave workshops and sat on the jury of the nominations committee.

Today, in addition to playing in the Marcos Coll Blues Jarana, he frequently collaborates with the legendary Guitar Crusher, as well as with his Mexican Latin band Los Mighty Calacas, which has released a debut CD featuring Charlie Musselwhite as a guest musician and with whom he tours the world.

In addition to his discography with Los Reyes del Ko, Los Mighty Calacas and other collaborations, his double album Marcos Coll "Under the wings" should be highlighted, a mix of old classic blues with modern funk, Latin American music or hip hop. The double CD reflects his 20-year career and includes recordings of the legends Buddy Miles, Mick Taylor, Aron Burton and many more. With this album he travelled many countries in Europe, Asia, America and Africa.

In 2014, Marcos launched Ambar Multimedia, the modern online harmonica course Harp & Soul, with which students from all over the world are already learning.

Since September 2014 he has been leading the weekly Monday Jelly Roll Session in the famous White Trash Berlin.

In 2016 he released together with the Italian guitarist and singer Stefano Ronchi their new CD "Street Preachin". A mix of traditional Delta and traditional Blues with modern beats like Hip Hop.

 

WORKSHOP: An Introduction to the Harmonica in Latin Music

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