1963 born in Bern, Switzerland
1983 Gymnasium, Diploma in Mathematics
1993 Diploma from the Swiss Jazz School (principal instrument: drums; teacher: Billy Brooks)
1995 Music grant from the Canton of Bern for study in Paris
1989-2004 Member of WIM (Workshop for Improvised Music) in Bern
1999-2004 Member of the Music Commission of the City of Bern
2010 Master of Arts BFH in CAP (Contemporary Arts Practice) in music and media art(now: sound arts)
at HKB (Hochschule der Künste Bern)
2011 Literature prize of the Canton of Bern "Bern ist überall"
2013 Gottfried-Keller prize for the collective "Bern ist überall"
2014 Jury award at the 4th sonOhr Hörfestival für die radio piece "Männerträume"(men's dreams)
2015 Culture prize of Burgergemeinde Bern for the collective "Bern ist überall"
2016 medical diploma in massage (therapist massage and reflexology)
Extended stays in Paris, on the sea, in Southindia and in Japan
Rieben's interests cover all possible and impossible sound sources.
Her composing and sound installations are an important branch of her work, as are collaborations with modern dancers, performance artists, actors and interaction with the spoken word and video.
She works mainly integrative and context-sensitive.
Maru Rieben has performed all over Europa, Lebanon, New York and in Japan, has produced several CD's and is a member of BERN IST UEBERALL (spoken word group), MATTERHORN PRODUKTIONEN (theater) and VOLCA MASSAKER ORCHESTER (electronic music).
Organizer of the festival weeks LEISE KURZKONZERTE (2005-2011) in her living room, teaches drumset in a musicschool and is also active in the visual arts.
Projects and performances with Alfred Zimmerlin, Andi Rieser, Andrea Neumann, Benjamin Dodell, Bernhard Gerber, Bob Rutman, Butch Moris, Christian Pauli, Christian Zehnder, Christoph Baumann, Claudia Binder, Co Streiff, Cristin Wildbolz, Daniel Linder Lieder, Daniel Ludwig, Dirk Bruinsma, DJ Adriano, DJ Alex Like, DJ Sabaka, Dorothea Schürch, EigerMönchJungfrau, Fred Frith, Fredi Lüscher, Gisela Hochuli, Greis, Günter Müller, Hans Burgener, Hans Koch, Hanspeter Bader, Herwig Ursin, inFlux Tanzkompanie, Joëlle Léandre, John Wolf Brennan, Jonas Kocher, Li Mollet, Lilian Naef, Lorenz Belser, Magda Vogel, Maggie Nicols, Marianne Kipp, Mark Dresser, Marko Kosnik, Martin Schütz, Mary Oliver, Masayuki Sumi, Michael Günzburger, Michael Lytle, Michael Oberer, Mike Hentz, öff öff Production, Paed Conca, Pedro Lenz, Peter Bichsel, Philipp Schaufelberger, PIAMARIA, Priska Walss, Reg Fry, Regina Larsson, Reto Senn, Saadet Türköz, Sandra Künzi, Saskia Edens, Sibylla Giger, Simon Ho, Suzanne Castelberg, SwissImprovisersOrchestra, Sylvan Müller, Thierry Madiot, Tina Kohler, Tine Beutel, Tobias Reber, Urla Kahl, Yaira Yonne, Yoko Miura, Yuko Fujiyama ...
Specially she likes to play with other drummers as Andi Hug, Balts Nill, David Lerch (Duo Bones and Battery), Fabian Kuratli, Fredy Studer, Fritz Hauser, Julian Sartorius, Norbert Pfammatter, Omri Hason, Philipp Läng
Most important masters&mentors: Maria Amstutz, Billy Brooks, Ursula Steiner, Sanju Misra, John Cage and of course nature and life
Roman Brodbeck in Berner Almanach Performance 2012 (translated by Adi Blum):
"... with reference to Margrit Rieben this was already a special event because she is Switzerland's first female jazz drummer with a diploma.
... Margrit Rieben acts more pluralistic: she doesn't cultivate a personal style but at the most a belief not to have one. Internationally she is part of different ensembles; she organizes concerts in her own living room and so imitates the medieval music lab of the 13th century Paris bourgeois parlours. As a drummer she is interested in a variety of strange sounds generators and sometimes plays her drums with her behind placed on a giant ball producing farting sounds. She cooperates closely with the different arts; and keeps slipping into new roles. Her interest for crossing the borders made her start another course of studies at the Bern Unisversity of the Arts in 2008. 45 years old, she got the Master in Contemporary Arts Practice. The public sale of her drum set was part of her artistic master project. According to her, she had been hitting it long enough.
So as a person who is always in search of new ways and who already worked together with almost every Swiss performance artist, she even staged the conclusion of an artistic period of life in an artistic way."
TV-portrait on Swiss television SF1 1999