Marc Ribot: Charlie Chaplin's 'The Kid'
Charlie Chaplin's 'The Kid'
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 recent album, Silent Movies, 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 in 2010 as part of the New York Guitar Festival.