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Marc Ribot

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  • Born: Newark, NJ
  • Years Active: 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s


Biography All Music Guide

All Music Guide:

Eclectic guitarist Marc Ribot has recorded a wide variety of music over his career, including working with Elvis Costello and on Tom Waits' Rain Dogs. He has also recorded compositions for classical guitar by Haiti's Franz Casseus, a friend of his parents, and has participated actively in New York City's downtown avant-garde music scene for some time, notably as a member of the Lounge Lizards. Ribot's solo albums include Rootless Cosmopolitans and Requiem for What's His Name; later Ribot worked with his avant-garde jazz-rock fusion band, Shrek, whose eponymous debut was released in 1994. With a new group, Los Cubanos Postizos, he also issued The Prosthetic Cubans in 1998; Muy Divertido! followed two years later. Additionally, Ribot played a major part in initiating the Radical New Jewish Culture Festival in Germany and New York City. Since that time, he has released a bevy of recordings including, among others, Scelsi Morning in 2003, Asmodeus: The Book of Angels, Vol. 7 in 2007, and Party Intellectuals in 2008. In 2009, Ribot appeared on recordings by numerous artists including Cyro Baptista, John Zorn, and Joe Henry. He issued Ultime Cosmos and Silent Movies in 2010. Your Turn, done with his trio Ceramic Dog, arrived in 2013.