Marc Ribot: Music of Frantz Casseus
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Haitian Classical Guitar

Marc Ribot: Music of Frantz Casseus

MAY 14–17 | Marc Ribot, Solo

May 16, 2020
Joe Henderson Lab
SatMay 16
7:00 PM

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SatMay 16
8:30 PM

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Before Marc Ribot made a name for himself as a pioneering force in NYC's downtown music scene, he began his guitar studies as a teenager with close family friend, the Father of Haitian classical guitar, Frantz Casséus (1915–1993). Casseus came to NYC from his native Port-au-Prince, Haiti in 1946 with the ambition to compose distinctly Haitian classical guitar music, to fuse the European classical tradition with Haitian folk elements as Heitor Villa-Lobos had done with his native Brazil’s and as Béla Bartók had done with Hungarian folk songs. In an effort to preserve Frantz’s musical legacy, Ribot edited a collection of Casseus' solo guitar compositions, and performed them on his 1993 album Marc Ribot Plays Solo Guitar Works of Frantz Casseus – music he brings to SFJAZZ.

ABOUT MARC RIBOT
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. While often associated with the avant-garde, Ribot thrives in any musical context, contributing prominently to the work of Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, The Lounge Lizards, 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, unleashed scorching avant-rock with his trio Ceramic Dog, dug into bone-deep roots rock with Los Lobos guitarist David Hidalgo, and conjured the spirits in duo with jazz piano giant McCoy Tyner.

Ribot found a unique way to wrench these compositions out from the grip of history and make them his own.

Chicago Tribune

Ribot found a unique way to wrench these compositions out from the grip of history and make them his own.

Chicago Tribune

Personnel

Marc Ribot guitar

One of the most individual of guitarists and a master of introverted ironies.

The Village Voice

Personnel

Marc Ribot guitar

One of the most individual of guitarists and a master of introverted ironies.

The Village Voice

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