“Every movement which has ever won anything has had songs,” says accomplished New York City guitarist Marc Ribot. For his new political album Songs of Resistance1942-2018 – with a September 14 release date on ANTI- Records - Ribot set out to assemble a set of songs that spoke to this political moment with appropriate ambition, passion, and fury.
The eleven songs on the record include a few original compositions as well as traditional songs that are drawn from World War II anti-Fascist Italian partisans, the U.S. civil rights movement and Mexican protest ballads. It also features a wide range of guest vocalists, including Tom Waits, Steve Earle, Meshell Ndegeocello, Justin Vivian Bond, Fay Victor, Sam Amidon, and Ohene Cornelius, Tift Merritt, Domenica Fossati, Syd Straw.
At a time of such overwhelming social turmoil, finding a focus for this kind of project is challenging. Nevertheless, Ribot’s purpose remained clear. “There’s a lot of contradiction in doing any kind of political music,” he says, “how to act against something without becoming it, without resembling what you detest. Sometimes it is hard to figure out what to do, and I imagine we’ll make mistakes, and hopefully, learn from them. But I knew this from the moment Donald Trump was elected: I’m not going to play downtown scene Furtwangler to any orange-comb-over dictator wannabe. No way.”
Portions of the album’s proceeds will be donated to The Indivisible Project, an organization that helps individuals resist the Trump agenda via grassroots movements in their local communities. More info on The Indivisible Project can be found at www.indivisible.org.
“I got a right to say FUCK YOU!!!” is how the new and third album from veteran guitarist Marc Ribot’s trio Ceramic Dog starts off, with Ribot howling in anger at corruption, tyranny, life in general, and nothing in particular. If you’ve got a serious case of outrage fatigue, Ceramic Dog’s explosive cocktail of balls-to-the-wall abandon, chameleonic disregard for style constraints, political commentary, and absurdist humor is just the shot in the ass (or kick in the arm?) you might need. In fact, Ceramic Dog’s new album — whose title:YRU Still Here? is directed in equal parts at themselves, the commander in chief, and the listening public -- arrives just in time to remind us that now is a moment when anger is not only necessary, and unavoidable, but also good for houseplants.
YRU Still Here? careens from punk to funk to flamenco to surf to rock ‘n roll — all turned on their heads and smudged, allowing us to imagine an alternate history where punk icons Jello Biafra and Ian MacKaye fronted no-wave lounge bands on alternate Tuesdays at the Teaneck New Jersey Holiday Inn.
On newstands now! 5 page spread with interview by Bill Milkowski
Reconstructed Soul The eclectic guitarist has teamed up with a couple of alumni from Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time for his group The Young Philadelphians. On the album Live In Tokyo, the band interprets disco anthems and soul tunes from the 1970s. No other Ribot projects have "come close to this level of sheer delight.." by Bill Milkowski, DownBeat
Jamaaladeen Tacuma, G. Calvin Weston, Mary Halvorson, Marc Ribot: 4 professional, harmolodic noise improvisers with an uncommon love of Philly soul and hard groove. Forever young, forever Philadelphian, forever fixated on the moment before dance went digital. Stuck in the groove like a scratch in your favorite record. Ladies and Gentlemen…the hardest working musicians in punk/funk/soul/noise: The Young Philadelphians!!!
The Young Philadelphians pays tribute to twin legacies: The mind-blowing harmolodic punk-funk of Ornette Coleman's first Prime Time band and the sweet, optimistic pulse of 1970s Philly Soul. Ribot enlists bassist Jamaaladeen Tacuma and drummer G. Calvin Weston, both Prime Time alumni and Philadelphia natives, along with guitarist Mary Halvorson plus a newly added 3-piece string section to do the job.
Track list includes classics such as The Hustle, Love Rollarcoaster and TSOP.
Director: Marc Levin Music by Marc Ribot (w/Brad Jones, Mauricio Herrera, Jason Lindner, Shahzad Ismaily, Manuel Valera, Jill Jaffe, Curtis Fowlkes, Doug Weiselman
NYC PREMIERE A look at NYC’s gentrification and growing inequality in a microcosm, Class Divide explores two distinct worlds that share the same Chelsea intersection – 10th Avenue and 26th Street. On one side of the avenue, the Chelsea-Elliot Houses have provided low-income public housing to residents for decades. Their neighbor across the avenue since 2012 is Avenues: The World School, a costly private school. What happens when kids from both of these worlds attempt to cross the divide? Winner of the Grand Jury Prize!
"There's history framing this recording led by the multi-talented guitarist Marc Ribot. It was made in concert at one of jazz's sacred spaces, the triangular New York basement known as the Village Vanguard..." continue reading here
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) roulette.org
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. lepoissonrouge.com
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.
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.
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/
And performers DAVID BYRNE, MIKE MILLS (REM) & MARILYN CARINO, JOHN MCCREA (CAKE), TIFT MERRITT, JASON MORAN, JENNIFER CHARLES, MARC RIBOT and more...
Why? 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"
> 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/]
*** 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 SFJAZZ 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
"Ceramic Dog likes beer too. But we sure hate sexual assault, and super privileged machos who think they can get away with anything, and congresspeople who enable them. If this means we’re going to “reap the whirlwind: let’s make the most of it!
We actually had the song “Beer” recorded long before the Kavanaugh hearings… and were still working on it… but when we heard Kavanaugh testify, we realized we needed to put it out NOW… I’ll fix my guitar parts after the mid-terms.
If we all don’t speak out NOW to oppose Kavanaugh, we’re going to wake up Sunday with a 30 year hangover. These six senators are possible swing voters on Kavanaugh. Urge them to vote NO!"
Sen. Susan Collins, Maine: 202-224-2523 / 207-780-3575 Sen. Joe Donnelly, Indiana: 202-224-4814 / 317-226-5555 Sen. Jeff Flake, Arizona: 202-224-4521 / 602-840-1891 Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, North Dakota: 202-224-2043 / 701-258-4648 Sen. Joe Manchin, West Virginia: 202-224-3954 / 304-342-5855 Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Alaska: 202-224-6665 / 907-271-37353
photo by Barbara Rigon
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September 14th, 2018 Americana Music Festival - Nashville, TN High Watt at 11:59pm: Songs of Resistance (Showcase & Record Release)
Sept 16th, 2018 Redhook Jazz Festival - Redhook, Brooklyn The JazzBeens (Marc Ribot - guitar, Greg Lewis - hammond B3, JT Lewis - drums)