Marc Ribot: Charlie Chaplin's 'The Kid'
Charlie Chaplin's 'The Kid'
No guitarist has traveled a more circuitous creative path than Marc Ribot, a major force on the New York jazz scene since the mid-1980s. His 2010 album, Silent Movies, features compositions inspired by his love of cinema, and for this performance he’s revisiting his sublimely expressive solo score to Charlie Chaplin’s classic 1921 silent film The Kid, a project which premiered in 2010 as part of the New York Guitar Festival. While often associated with the avant-garde, Ribot thrives in any musical context, contributing prominently to the work of Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, and Diana Krall, as well as Robert Plant and Alison Krauss’s five-time GRAMMY Award-winning 2007 album Raising Sand. Applying his unorthodox technique and vast, percussive sonic palette to a mind-boggling array of musical realms, Ribot has delved into the classic compositions of the great Cuban sonero Arsenio Rodríguez with his Los Cubanos Postizos band, explored Albert Ayler’s ecstatic free jazz forays with his power-packed trio, investigated country music in Nashville with Bill Frisell and Buddy Miller, and collaborated with spiritually charged pianist McCoy Tyner. This is a unique night of film and music, and a meeting of two visionary artists separated by decades but working together in perfect sync.