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Marc Ribot

Marc Ribot, a man with gray hair and a black jacket holds a guitar

Catch an intimate glimpse of innovative and iconoclastic “noise guitarist” Marc Ribot as he performs solo on stage at Mershon Auditorium.

Ribot’s solo performances are unpredictable events that may draw on any of his many musical collaborations or none, creating a sonic matrix of memory, free improvisation, zeitgeist, extraterrestrial radio signals, and much more—leaving listeners on the edge of their seats.

During this evening’s program, Ribot plays in support of two reissues on vinyl for the first time: 1993’s long out-of-print Marc Ribot Plays Solo Guitar Works of Frantz Casseus, a tribute to the “father of Haitian classical guitar,” and Silent Movies (2010), which has been described as a "down-in-mouth-near masterpiece" by the Village Voice. Additionally, Ribot’s first collection of writings, Unstrung: Rants & Stories of a Noise Guitarist, was released in August 2021 on Akashic Books and is available for sale from the Wexner Center Store.

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"He can sit down with just his guitar and simultaneously confound you with technique, beauty, and surprise."
PopMatters Picks: the Best Music of 2010 on Ribot's "Silent Movies"
Marc Ribot, a man with gray hair and a black jacket holds a guitar

Marc Ribot | Photo by Sandlin Gaither

A man holds a guitar, his head is cast downward

Marc Ribot | Photo by Ebru Yildiz

A man holds a guitar at a cocked angle.

Marc Ribot | Photo by Ebru Yildiz

About the artist

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Marc Ribot, a legendary guitar player, has released more than 25 albums under his own name over a 40-year genre-defying career, exploring everything from Albert Ayler to Arsenio Rodriguez. Starting from the downtown New York scene as a member of the soul/punk Realtones and John Lurie's Lounge Lizards, Ribot has gone on to make singular contributions to the work of dozens of artists, including Laurie Anderson, Elvis Costello, Caetano Veloso, and Tom Waits. Most recently, the versatile Ribot has engaged in protest songs in Songs Of Resistance 1942–2018 and the anything goes sensibility of his noise rock trio Ceramic Dog.

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Marc Ribot