Solos and Duos Concert Series: Marc Ribot
December 8, 2016
Fine Arts Center Bezanson Recital Hall
UMass Amherst Campus
Marc Ribot (pronounced REE-bow) was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1954. As a teen, he played guitar in various garage bands while studying with his mentor, Haitian classical guitarist and composer Frantz Casseus. After moving to New York City in 1978, Ribot was a member of the soul/punk Realtones, and from 1984 - 1989, John Lurie's Lounge Lizards. Between 1979 and 1985, Ribot also worked as a side musician with Brother Jack McDuff, Wilson Pickett, Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas, Chuck Berry, and many others.
Ribot has released over 20 albums under his own name over a 35-year career, exploring everything from the pioneering jazz of Albert Ayler with his group “Spiritual Unity” (Pi Recordings), to the Cuban son of Arsenio Rodríguez with two critically acclaimed releases by Marc Ribot Y Los Cubanos Postizos. His avant power trio/post-rock band, Ceramic Dog, continues the lineage of his earlier experimental no-wave/punk/noise groups Rootless Cosmopolitans (Island Antilles) and Shrek (Tzadik).
In 2014 he released “Marc Ribot Trio Live at the Village Vanguard” (Pi), featuring Henry Grimes and Chad Taylor, documenting Ribot’s first headline appearance at the historic venue. It was included on many Best of 2014 lists including Downbeat Magazine and NPR’s 50 Favorites.
Additional recording credits include Neko Case, Diana Krall, Elton John/Leon Russell’s The Union, Solomon Burke, Marianne Faithful, Allen Toussaint, Medeski Martin & Wood, Caetono Veloso, Susana Baca, Allen Ginsburg, Madeline Peyroux, Nora Jones, The Black Keys, and many others.
Ribot works regularly with award winning producer T Bone Burnett and NY composer John Zorn. He has also composed and performed on numerous film scores such as "Walk The Line”, "The Kids Are All Right" and "The Departed."
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