Maru (Margrit) Rieben is a trained drummer, but has moved early between the media and in exchange with them.
Her interests cover all possible and impossible sound sources. After her Master CAP, the visual arts became more important to her.
In addition to composition, sound installation and visual arts, her work focuses on collaborations with artists from the fields of modern dance, performance, theatre, spoken word and video.
Her work is primarily integrative and context-related.
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. 47 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