A genuine guitar icon by any measure, Marc Ribot has long been a stalwart of the New York avant-garde downtown scene. But really, he's been all over the map, ranging from the atonal brink to jazz, rock, classical, even Cuban and Haitian music, while collaborating with everyone from Allen Toussaint and McCoy Tyner to Shemekia Copeland and John Zorn. And now for something completely different—even for Ribot. After being commissioned to write a score to accompany Charlie Chaplin's classic silent film The Kid, Ribot wrote additional pieces for films, recorded them solo, and released them last fall as Silent Movies (Pi). As a whole, they are deeply contemplative, relatively quiet, and hauntingly melodic. At the Cedar, Ribot will follow a solo guitar set with a performance of his Chaplin score while the film plays.
Sat., March 19, 7 p.m., 2011