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Venue:
International House3701 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA Map
Price: $15 General Admission
Sunday, September 26, 2010 - 8:00pm

Marc Ribot

Record Release Party + Live Score to Charlie Chaplin's The Kid

Marc Ribot, guitar

"Mr. Ribot is a deceptively articulate artist who uses inarticulateness as an expressive device." - The New York Times

Please join Ars Nova Workshop for a special and intimate solo performance by Marc Ribot, one of the most advanced, engaging, and versatile guitarists of the last 40 years, who will be presenting a live score to Charlie Chaplin film, The Kid.   

Ribot has worked on films scores in the past - including Martin Scorsese's The Departed and Jim Jarmusch's Down By Law - and this will be his third time performing his mostly improvised live score for this Chaplin classicThis evening we will also be celebrating the release of Ribot's new album, Silent Movies on PI Recordings.  The album features Ribot's pieces written for imaginary movies, adaptations of film scores he previously wrote, and songs for classic silent films like The Kid.  His goal, in his own words, was to explore "the strange area between language and spatiality that exists partly in between music and visual image, and partly as a common property of both."

Born in New Jersey in 1954, Ribot studied under guitarist and composer Frantz Casseus.  In the late 1970s and throughout the 1980s, he was a member of the Realtones, John Lurie's Lounge Lizards, and worked as a session player and touring partner with Chuck Berry, Wilson Pickett, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas, Brother Jack McDuff, and many others.  In subsequent years, he has worked with a wide range of artists, such as Tom Waits, Solomon Burke, Elvis Costello, Arto Lindsay, David Sylvian, McCoy Tyner, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Cibo Matto, Madeleine Peyroux, The Black Keys, Alison Krauss, and John Zorn. 

In addition to these frequent collaborations, Ribot's work as a band leader is extensive, namely with groups like Rootless Cosmopolitans, Shrek, Los Cubanos Postizos, and Ceramic Dog, and he has also released several solo recordings, including a tribute to his teacher, Frantz Casseus.  In 2004, composer Stewart Wallace wrote a guitar concerto with orchestra for Ribot, and it was premiered by the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC.  His ongoing projects include an Albert Ayler tribute group called Spiritual Unity, and he continues to work with Shahzad Ismaly and Ches Smith in Ceramic Dog.  That trio's debut release, Party Intellectuals (Pi Recordings; 2008) was praised by The Phoenix, All Music Guide, The New York Times, Village Voice, and The Boston Globe, whose Steve Greenlee wrote that "More than ever, Ribot's creativity and versatility astound, confound, and frighten."  His most recent new projects include a country group with Bill Frisell and Buddy Miller, a new album titled Silent Movies scheduled for a September release, and in July 2010 he performed works by John Cage with Marco Cappelli, Brad Jones, JT Lewis, and DJ Logic at the Ludwigsburg Festival in Germany.  The project title was "Caged Funk: John Cage looped, hi-jacked, detoured, and scratch mixed."

The Kid
Charlie Chaplin, director
US, 1921, 68 mins., black and white

Charlie Chaplin wrote, directed, scored, and starred in The Kid, which premiered at Carnegie Hall on January 21, 1921.  This classic silent film - the second-highest grossing picture of that year - tells the story of The Little Tramp taking a baby found abandoned in a London alley under his wing, and the two eventually become partners in crime.  Their scamming, criminal lifestyle results in the boy being taken away by welfare services and a frantic search ensues.  While Chaplin had no formal music training, he scored many of his most famous films, and his original score for The Kid was inspired by Tchaikovsky's 6th Symphony.