Nominated for the Jazz Journalist Associationâ€™s Guitarist of this year, Marc Ribot, American guitarist and composer, has developed a career which defines the concept of independent musicians. Born in Newark, New Jersey, Marc Ribot moved just across the Hudson River that little town New York City in 1978 during his mid 20s. After playing in a few bands, such as John Lurieâ€™s jazz assembly The Lounge Lizards during the 80s, Ribot began working alongside of some impressive folks, such as Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, and a familiar face to MASS MoCA, Nels Cline (Member of the band Wilco, the curators of our Solid Sound Music Festival) Working with international artists, Ribot has toured globally, put out 19 albums, and explored multiple areas of music, from avant-guard Jazz to Cuban sounds.
With having said all of that, proving his accomplishments on paper (or rather on a web log) actually doesnâ€™t matter. The music speaks for itself. Ribotâ€™s 2010 â€śSilent filmsâ€ť album is unique, ambient at times, powerful at others, and holds a sense of charm. Paired with the Charlie Chaplin classic, The Kid, Ribotâ€™s media collaboration allows for a special connection of music and film, and certainly a very big nod to the historic progression of both genres.
On Saturday, July 9th, at 9:00 MASS MoCA will be showing The Kid, with Marc Ribot performing his film score live in our outdoor Courtyard C, and we canâ€™t think of a better way to spend a warm summer evening.
Photo credit: Ziga Koritnik