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Read 'Respecting Artists’ Rights' on The Talkhouse

'The legendary guitarist and activist shows how content creators aren’t getting a fair shake from the big tech giants, and why we all should care.'

Read the full article written by Marc on The Talkhouse here

Support Artists Rights in the Digital Domain!

Stand with artists as they stand up for their rights in a weekend of NYC concerts. Presented by the Content Creators Coalition
Roulette October 18th | Le Poisson Rouge October 19th (**NOTE: change of venue!!!)

Ad-based piracy is a direct attack on the livelihoods and art forms of today’s content creators. It's time for artists to bring their voice and push back against tech profiteers who hawk the ads that sustain large-scale piracy. Artists are the ultimate free speech activists. Together, we will be heard. These two concerts highlight the creativity and impact of artists across the spectrum as they stand up for economic justice in the digital domain. Music unifies us. Join the Content Creators Coalition to listen and engage.

Saturday October 18th 2014 8-10PM at Roulette
A Benefit Concert for the Content Creators Coalition

Featuring John Zorn, Eric Slick (Dr Dog), Steve Coleman, Marc Ribot, Henry Grimes, Marina Rosenfeld, Trevor Dunn, Brandon Seabrook, Satomi Matsuzaki (Deerhoof), Amir Elsaffar, and more. The event will also feature a short screening of highlights from Michael Count Eldridge’s upcoming documentary film “Unsound”.
A one hour meet and greet prior to the show will include Marc Ribot and other artists, Chris Ruen (author of Freeloading: How Our Insatiable Appetite for Free Content Starves Creativity), and Jeffrey Boxer, Executive Director of c3.
General admission: $20 advance $25 day of show
Artist Rights Supporter: $60 (includes balcony seating and access to the meet and greet)

Sunday October 19th 2014 2-4 pm Le Poisson Rouge (**Note change of venue!!)
Free Concert/Call to Action

Featuring Rosanne Cash, Marc Ribot, Yuka Honda & Miho Hatori (Cibo Matto), Rhett Miller, Wesley Stace and other special guests. This event will feature music and elocution and culminate in a call to action.

Content Creators Coalition NYC

Social Media: use #supportartistsrights

New Release - Marc Ribot Trio 'Live at the Village Vanguard' OUT NOW!

On May 13, Marc along with his trio featuring bassist Henry Grimes and drummer Chad Taylor, will release a live recording on Pi Recordings from their 2012 residency at the venerable Village Vanguard. Not only was it Ribot’s debut as a leader at the iconic venue, the occasion also marked the first appearance by Grimes at the Vanguard since 1966. In a wide-ranging set, the trio plays the music of Ayler, covers tracks from the John Coltrane's album “Sun Ship,” and a standard or two.

Album will be also be available on limited edition 180gram vinyl!

Record Release Show: May 12th at Le Poisson Rouge (NYC)

Benefit for the Frantz Casseus Young Guitarist Program - Issue Project Room, June 16th

On June 16th at Issue Project Room (Brooklyn, NY) this benefit concert for the guitar program set up in Port-au-Prince, Haiti for low income youth and honoring Marc's late mentor, guitar teacher and the the Father of Haitian classical guitar, Frantz Casseus, will feature Marc Ribot, Alberto Mesirca, Marc Mathelier, Melanie Charles, Barbara Simon, Trio Blastphemy (Curtis Hasselbring, Ben Holmes, Marcus Rojas) and DJ Greg Caz.

After Haiti was devastated by earthquake in 2010, Ribot founded the Frantz Casséus Young Guitarists Program in Port-Au-Prince. The program, run jointly by the Haitiana Music Company, Caracol and the Holy Trinity Music School, offers a haven for creativity and stability to low-income students.

Read an article Marc wrote on Frantz in 2003 for
BOMB Magazine

Go here for MORE INFO & TICKETS.

Deerhoof / Ceramic Dog split 7" for Record Store day

For this year's Record Store Day (April 19th), Deerhoof and Ceramic Dog are releasing a special split 7" on Northern Spy Records featuring tracks; "Who Sleeps, Only Dreams," and "Hide With Me." The first single is led by Deerhoof with Ribot as guest on guitar; and the latter an unreleased track by Ceramic Dog.

Listen to the A-side track exclusively on No Fear of Pop

New edition of works by the late Haitian classical guitarist, FRANTZ CASSEUS

A new edition of guitar compositions by Marc's late guitar teacher, mentor and father of Haitian classical guitar, FRANTZ CASSEUS, collected and edited by Ribot and Alberto Mesirca has just been published and now available [HERE].

NEWSWEEK 'Putting a Price on Radio Play'

Read the article NEWSWEEK published on 'Artists Pay for Radio Play' with Marc, Chris Ruen, John McCrea and Marilyn Carino.
[Click here to read]

Act NOW to support Artists' Pay For Radio Play

Come to a concert and rally for Artists' Pay for Radio Play on February 25th at Le Poisson Rouge.

Featuring speakers Chris Ruen (author of “Freeloading: HOW OUR INSATIABLE APPETITE FOR FREE CONTENT STARVES CREATIVITY” , Wendy Oxenhorn (Exec Director “The Jazz Foundation of America”. http://jazzfoundation.org/


Because the USA stands today with a short list of countries (Iran, North Korea, China, Vietnam, and Rwanda) that lack a performance royalty for artists. What does this mean? That Aretha Franklin gets zero for the radio play of RESPECT (Composers do receive royalties- but Aretha is not the composer). Not only do US artists receive nothing, we’re also blocked from receiving royalties collected on our behalf all over the world.***

"If someone had done this for the musicians since the beginning of radio, we wouldn't be fighting homelessness and eviction for hundreds of the very people who made us rich all these years with their music."
- Wendy Oxenhorn, Executive Director "The Jazz Foundation of America"

Here’s how you can help:

>Sign the PETITION at [http://ccc-nyc.org/]

> Attend our free admission 'indoor rally' with speakers and music at Le Poisson Rouge 6-9 pm 2/25 in nyc. We need to pack the house that night- show Congress, the media, and ourselves that artists are ready, willing, and able to act to defend our rights, our livelihoods, and our art forms.
RSVP here: [Le Poisson Rouge reservations]

"...The issue of performance rights goes even further and beyond contracts. The United States is the only country that doesn’t respect what I call an inalienable right to be compensated when our product is being exploited....We got it [a performance royalty] in Canada, we need it here."
-Tino Galgliardi, President local 802, American Federation of Musicians

This event is sponsored by the Content Creators Coalition (CCC) NYC, the local affiliate of the national CCC, a new organization dedicated to ‘aggregating the power of creators of cultural “content” to fight for economic justice in the digital domain.’ CHECK OUT OUR NEW WEBSITE! [http://ccc-nyc.org/]

*For more info on the Radio Performance Royalty/Artist Pay for Radio Play, visit [SoundExchange Performance Rights Act Fact Sheet.]

*** The AFM is in the process of challenging this in court- with some success- although to date, US artists/musician remain unable to collect a major portion of royalties collected on our behalf. All parties agree that establishing a US Radio Performance Royalty- Artists’ Pay For Radio Play- will greatly help artists/musicians ability to be paid what we’re owed- internationally, and at home.

NYC Coordinating committee: Chris Ruen // Marc Ribot //

Retrospective and Special Events for 2014

January 11, 2014
Winter Jazz Fest NYC - Judson Church
Ceramic Dog w/guest Mary Halvorson

January 21, 2014
New York Guitar Festival - Merkin Hall
Ribot premieres a new score for the 1928 silent film "The Docks of New York."

January 28 - February 2, 2014
Marc Ribot in residency at The Stone, NYC

March 28 - 30, 2014
Big Ears Festival
Marc Ribot w/ Ceramic Dog, Los Cubanos Postizos, and a solo performance of his score for Charlie Chaplin's "The Kid."

May 29 - June 1, 2014
Marc Ribot Trio, Ceramic Dog, Los Cubanos Postizos, and Charlie Chaplin's "The Kid."

See Tours & Events page for more details...

Best of 2013: Ceramic Dog's YOUR TURN

The band's sophomore album released in April 2013 landed on a few year end 'Best of' lists! Check them out at the links below...

"A brand of guitar-driven experimental rock that would seem disjointed in lesser hands... As always, Ribot’s virtuosity is on display throughout — but there are plenty of pleasant diversions and surprises along the way." — Alarm Magazine

Ceramic Dog reviewed on NPR's All Things Considered

'Marc Ribot has spent nearly three decades as a guitarist on the margins. Critic Robert Christgau explains why Ribot's new hard-rock album with Ceramic Dog ranks among his most daring pieces of music.'

Ceramic Dog - Live on WNYC's Soundcheck

Listen to the interview by John Schaefer and Ceramic Dog perform 3 songs from the new album, Your Turn online on WNYC's website
Here's a video of one tune from the session.

Spin.com: Marc Ribot's Ceramic Dog Slam Free Culture on Art-Grinder 'Masters of the Internet'

In response to the Spin.com's post:
A number of people have asked us what's up with Masters of the Internet. Do we hate our fans? Are we Luddites? Well, no and no. Here's what we think:
We don't really expect much from asking people who are downloading stuff for free to voluntaristically pay up- although, yeah, we could use that dollar right about now, and we support Trichordist's Principles for an Ethical and Sustainable Internet . We don't know what the ultimate solution is- but we know it isn't the impoverishment of musicians and defunding music. And we know it isn't pretending that no-one is being hurt. Corporations are making huge profits from the ads on 'free' sites, from selling the hard and software that make illegal downloading possible. They need to give back a portion of their billions to the people who do the work: hey, we love our tech toys too, but an empty i-Pod is just a crappy paper-weight. Giving us back part of the value we create would make a real FREE culture possible- one where fans get what they need, AND creative community workers get paid. Bread and Roses, baby!

Belgian Public TV 'DE CANVASCONNECTIE' with Marc

Belgian Cultural TV dedicates an entire program on Marc (with Ceramic Dog) to be broadcast on Nov 11 and again on Nov 16!
More info here.

Frantz Casseus Young Guitarists Program begins in Haiti

In memory of Frantz Casseus, who had been his professor of classical guitar, Marc Ribot wanted to create a program in Haiti for young guitarists, through the non-profit company, Haitiana Music, which supports the efforts of disclosure of the music of Frantz Casseus and, more generally, of preservation of musical heritage linked to the Haitian classical guitar, in Haiti and around the world. Click here to continue reading

Marc Ribot Trio on NY Times Critics' Best Concerts of 2012 list!

"MARC RIBOT TRIO Village Vanguard, June 26. No surprise that the guitarist Marc Ribot would genuflect to the free-jazz firebrand Albert Ayler during his debut at the Village Vanguard, with a trio featuring a former Ayler associate, the bassist Henry Grimes. The feverish clarity of the music, and its special resonance in that room, exerted a physical power." - Nate Chinen

Marc Ribot Trio at the Village Vanguard!

We're pleased to announce Marc's first week long run as leader at the historic VILLAGE VANGUARD! Joining him will be HENRY GRIMES and CHAD TAYLOR.
June 26 - July 1, 2012 (2 sets)

London Press for Marc Ribot Trio

Marc Ribot Trio (w/Henry Grimes & Chad Taylor) recently played a rare London show at the Bishopgates Institute to ecstatic reviews. Check them out here:
Financial Times
The Guardian
All About Jazz

Marc is nominated for JJA Guitarist of the Year!

Jazz Journalists Association (JJA) has nominated Marc for 2011 Guitarist of the Year. The other nominees are Bill Frisell, Jim Hall, Mary Halvorson and Russell Malone. Congrats to all the nominees! The ceremony will take place on June 11 at City Winery NYC.

Marc along with Nels Cline on the cover of DownBeat!

The two will be featured in interview together in July's DownBeat Magazine, available on newstands June 14th.
A special show in celebration has just been added at Le Poisson Rouge on June 15th which will mark the first time the two guitarists will have shared a stage together.

SILENT MOVIES on Best of 2010 Lists!!

A one-of-a-kind guitarist equally adept providing an atmospheric backdrop for Tom Waits as he is calling down the heavens with skronky free jazz, Ribot's lush collection of soundtrack work for films both real and imagined only gets richer with each listen. Solo guitar albums can sometimes sound spare or monochromatic, yet Ribot never operates in less than living color.
- Chris Barton, Best of 2010 Jazz picks, LA Times

Ribot is one of the great guitarists of today, having worked for decades as a versatile sideman and an avant-garde-leaning leader, but he sort of blindsided me here?an introspective solo guitar gem that is utterly beguiling. Ostensibly a soundtrack for movies real and imaginary, this moves well beyond background music. The playing is mostly on acoustic with a minimum of overdubs, yet the guitarist fills all the holes with delicate textured picking and graceful melodies that bear up well with each listen.
- Tad Hendrickson, #2 Best Jazz Album 2010, AOL Spinner

..he can sit down with just his guitar and simultaneously confound you with technique, beauty, and surprise?The result is solo guitar at its finest.
- John Garratt and Will Layman, PopMatters Picks: The Best Music of 2010

Fact is, any time you see him leading a band or working as a sideman, it?s a treat no matter the setting. Here, on Silent Movies, we have Ribot playing solo guitar?as open, personal and vulnerable as a musician can be?and it?s beautiful?One moment he?s downtown hip, the next sweet and sad, the next a Latin devotee. But everything he touches on Silent Movies is part of the continuum of his musicianship and artistic being? [taking] you on a joyous, out-of-the-ordinary journey.
- Frank Alkyer, DownBeat

Marc on NPR's Fresh Air w/Terri Gross!

Check out Terri Gross' interview w/ Marc about his latest release, Silent Movies, and more. You can also stream if off the NPR or Fresh Air website by clicking here

Marc arranges an evening of classic film score for the New School's NOIR Festival, April 2nd!

Sex! Trash! Violence! Marc Ribot, noted American guitarist and composer explores the border between classic noir film scores of the 40s thru 60s, and the 80s no-wave bands who worshipped them. Material will include re-arrangements of Henry Mancini (Touch of Evil), Andre Previn (Scene of the Crime), Roy Budd (Get Carter) on the one hand and the Lounge Lizards, Rootless Cosmopolitans, and new noir by the artist on the other. With Shahzad Ismaily (bass), Doug Weiselman (reeds), Curtis Fowlkes (trombone), John Mettam (perc/drums), Rob Burger (keys), Christina Courtin (viola), Christopher Hoffman (cello), Pico Alt (violin)

Marc commissioned to interpret John Cage by Ludwigsburg Festival

About the project: In rehearsing for a performance of John Cage's 'Sonata for Two Voices' (1933) at Issue Project Room last winter, guitarist Marco Cappelli and Marc Ribot made a strange discovery. The two guitarists overcame the gap between the rhythmic complexity of the piece and Mr. Ribot's somewhat limited sight reading skills by 'looping' measures: constantly repeating each difficult passage until it became easier. It was in this way they became aware of a strange fact about John Cage's music that would have probably surprised (and possibly dismayed) the composer himself: John Cage was one funky dude. The resulting project, "Caged Funk: John Cage looped, hi-jacked, detourned, and scratch mixed", is a further exploration of this little known aspect the late composer's work.
Artists: feat. Bernie Worrell keys, Marc Ribot guitar, Marco Cappelli guitar, Brad Jones bass, DJ Logic turntables, JT Lewis - drums
This program will be premiered July 8, 2010 at the Ludwigsburg Festival in Germany.

Marc is curator & musical director of this year's Century of Song Festival

Marc was asked to participate in this year's Century of Song Festival (apart of the Ruhr Triennale in Germany) serving as both curator and musical director celebrating the "song" form of the past century. In this 3-part series, he is joined by some of his long time favorite artists and collaborators:

August 15 & 16, 2009
Program 1 - "Heaven & Hell":
Marianne Faithful, Carla Bozulich, Marc Ribot & Friends

September 11 & 12, 2009
Program 2 - "Love & Death":
Iggy Pop & Tine Kindermann, Marc Ribot & Friends

October 10 & 11, 2009
Program 3-American Soul:
David Hidalgo, Juan Medrano Cotito, Marc Ribot & Friends


Ribot On Film

You can hear Marc's compositon and playing in some recent films Marc performed on the score of "Walk The Line," the Johnny Cash biopic. Martin Scorcese's "The Departed" and "Everything Is Illuminated," the motion picture version of the best selling novel by Jonathan Safran Foer. Additionally, Marc composed the score for the film "Drunkboat" featuring John Malkovich and John Goodman. Release date TBD.

Raising Sand Wins 5 Grammy Awards

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss album "Raising Sand" which prominently features Marc Ribot, won 5 Grammy awards including the highest honors of Album Of The Year for Raising Sand and Record Of The Year for "Please Read The Letter".

Ribot On Country Music TV

Yes, you read that correctly. Ribot recently appeared on Country Music Television (CMT Network). As a member of Robert Plant and Allison Krauss' band, Ribot performed in Nashville on CMT's Crossroads program. For more information, see here: http://www.cmt.com/shows/dyn/cmt_crossroads/127935/episode.jhtml


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