Marc Ribot

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About Marc Ribot

A strikingly gifted guitarist whose repertoire runs the gamut from traditionalist roots music to jagged free improvisation, Marc Ribot has distinguished himself as both a sideman and leader of his own iconoclastic projects. Ribot first gained serious attention with John Lurie's the Lounge Lizards and on adventurous projects with composer John Zorn. He began a longstanding association with Tom Waits in 1985 and collaborated frequently with Elvis Costello and producer T-Bone Burnett. As a solo artist, Ribot released a series of albums mixing jazz and noise-rock before gaining wider acclaim with 1998's Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postizos (The Prosthetic Cubans), exploring traditional Cuban music. He has remained unpredictable, recording solo guitar and film-inspired music. Ribot also leads the politically charged punk trio Ceramic Dog with bassist Shahzad Ismaily and drummer Ches Smith, releasing albums like 2008's Party Intellectuals, 2017's YRU Still Here?, and 2023's Connection.

Newark, NJ, United States
May 21, 1954

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