Artist Profile

Marc Ribot: Electric Mayhem

Marc Ribot
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Ribot is profiled:

Marc Ribot plays the guitar. That’s about the only straightforward description one can offer for Ribot’s music, free of qualifiers, hyphenates, loaded quotation marks or implied irony. His mutant interests have stood him in good stead over a 30-year career, landing him as axman of choice for everyone from Tom Waits to John Zorn to Elvis Costello.

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This Week at Ars Nova Workshop

Marc RibotImage via Wikipedia From Ars Nova:

Thursday, September 18, 8pm
Weasel Walter, drums
Peter Evans, trumpet
Mary Halvorson, guitar

The Rotunda, 4012 Walnut Street
Free Admission

Weasel Walter founded the The Flying Luttenbachers in Chicago in 1991
with late jazz cult figure Hal Russell. Over the years, the band has
included noted Chicago musicians such as Ken Vandermark and Fred Lonberg-Holm, as well as Deerhoof’s Ed Rodriguez and guitar phenomenon Mick Barr (Orthrelm). In addition, Walter has worked with Marshall Allen, Henry Kaiser and Jim O’Rourke. For this special performance he is joined by New York’s Mary Halvorson (Trevor Dunn, Anthony Braxton) and Peter Evans (MOPDTK).

Saturday, September 20, 9pm
Marc Ribot, el. guitar
Shahzad Ismaily, el. bass
Ches Smith, drums

International House, 3701 Chestnut Street
$12 General Admission

Please join Ars Nova Workshop and International House for the Philadelphia debut of Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog, and the grand opening celebration of the Ibrahim Theater. OPEN BAR PRECEDING THE CONCERT BEGINNING AT 8PM. Sponsored by Philadelphia Brewing Company.

Party Intellectuals is the new debut recording from Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog, a post-everything band combining the energies of two masters of downtown New York City mayhem: guitarist/vocalist Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, John Zorn, Robert Plant, T-Bone Burnett, Marianne Faithful, Lounge Lizards,
Elvis Costello) and bassist Shahzad Ismaily (Laurie Anderson, Will Oldham, Jolie Holland, Secret Chiefs 3), with West Coast indie/experimental genius drummer Ches Smith (Xiu Xiu, Secret Chiefs 3, Trevor Dunn’s Trio Convulsant). Ribot is a widely recognized original on the guitar, with influence across multiple genres of music, including rock, jazz, punk, Latin, soul, 80s No-Wave, avant-garde and noise. Ceramic Dog draws all of this, along with Ismaily and Smith’s indie / electronica experimentation, into a power-packed live performance.

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Sunday, September 21, 8pm
Bojan Z, piano
Matt Darriau, saxophone + clarinet + Kaval + Gaida
Brad Shepik, guitars + Balkan strings
Rufus Cappadocia, 5-string cello
Seido Salifoski, dumbeks + percussion

International House, 3701 Chestnut Street
$12 General Admission

For over 12 years, New York based Paradox Trio has been notorious for their high energy concerts and their innovative exploration of Balkan, Gypsy, Middle Eastern and Klezmer music. This rare appearance will feature the great Serbian-French pianist Bojan Z with members of Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra, Klezmatics, Paul Motian’s Electric Bebop Band and Dave Douglas‘ Tiny Bell Trio.

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