SFJAZZ Spring Season 2011
“Jazz & Silent Film”
Marc Ribot accompanies Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid
Wednesday, March 16, 7:30pm
$20 GA/$35 Premium GA
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum
701 Mission Street, San Francisco 94103866-920-5299, www.sfjazz.org
No guitarist in jazz has traveled a more circuitous creative path than Marc Ribot, a major force on Manhattan’s Downtown music scene since the mid-1980s. Applying his unorthodox technique and vast, percussive sonic palette to a mind-boggling array of musical realms, he’s delved into the classic compositions of the great Cuban sonero Arsenio Rodríguez, explored Albert Ayler’s ecstatic free jazz forays, investigated country music in Nashville with Bill Frisell and Buddy Miller, and collaborated with spiritually charged pianist McCoy Tyner. While often associated with the avant-garde, Ribot can thrive in just about any musical context, for instance contributing prominently to the work of Elvis Costello and Tom Waits, as well as Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’s five-time Grammy Award winning 2007 album Raising Sand. His latest project, Silent Film, features compositions inspired by his love of cinema, and for this performance he’s revisiting his score for Charlie Chaplin’s classic 1921 film The Kid, which premiered last year as part of the New York Guitar Festival.
Marc Ribot will accompany Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid on Wednesday, March 16 at 7:30pm at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum.
Ribot is also celebrating the release of anew CD, Silent Movies,. This new release finds the guitarist taking another surprising step in a career filled with unexpected turns.
One might expect a program of solo guitar music from Ribot to be filled with bracing atonality or studies in texture. Instead, Silent Movies is filled with performances of gorgeous contemplation that linger on the mind long after they are over. The album reflects Ribot’s fascination with movies and contains pieces intended to function as music for films: some are adaptations of music he has actually written for films, others for classic silent movies that he scored for his personal amusement, still others for films of his own imagination. His goal is to explore, as he says “the strange area between language and spatiality that exists partly in between music and visual image, and partly as a common property of both.
Performed in complete takes, with only minimal atmospheric overdubs, Silent Movies was partly inspired by Ribot's experience preparing for a live accompaniment of the Charlie Chaplin film The Kid at Merkin Concert Hall in January 2010, as part of the New York Guitar Festival. Some tracks were composed for “El General,” Natalia Almada’s documentary film about Plutarco Elías Calles who ruled Mexico with an iron hand from 1924 to1935 and still others for the unreleased movie “Drunk Boat.” All of the compositions were written by Ribot except “Sous le Ciel de Paris,” the title song from the classic French movie by Julien Duvivier that was made a hit by Edith Piaf among many others. Here for yourself this Wednesday, or listen to Marc Ribot on Fresh Air with Terry Gross.
"Mercurial in the best possible sense and impossible to categorize." -- National Public Radio (NPR)