Marc Ribot to Perform, Lead Improvisation Workshop at Marylhurst

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The renowned guitarist showcases his talent in a solo concert and shares techniques on free improvisation in a workshop, May 8 - 9, 2015.

Marc Ribot, a guitarist renowned for exploring new waters and taking other brave souls – such as Tom Waits, Robert Plant, Alison Krauss, Elvis Costello and John Mellencamp – along for the ride, will perform in concert and lead a workshop in free-improvisation techniques May 8-9, 2015, at Marylhurst University.

On Friday, May 8 at 8 p.m., Ribot will appear in a solo concert in St. Anne’s Chapel. Tickets are $20 online or $25 at the door.

On Saturday, May 9, from 2 to 4 p.m., Ribot will lead a group workshop on free-improvisation techniques. All musicians, professional or amateur, are welcome. The workshop fee is a sliding scale, $5 to $15.

On Saturday, May 9 at 5 p.m., the Free-Improvisation Orchestra – workshop participants – will perform a mash-up mini-concert with Ribot at the helm. Free and open to the public.

Tickets to the concert and workshop may be purchased online at

MARC RIBOT, who the New York Times describes as "a deceptively articulate artist who uses inarticulateness as an expressive device," has released over 20 albums under his own name over a 30-year career, exploring everything from the pioneering jazz of Albert Ayler to the Cuban son of Arsenio Rodríguez. In 2010, Rolling Stone magazine wrote: “Guitarist Marc Ribot helped Tom Waits refine a new, weird Americana on 1985's Rain Dogs, and since then he's become the go-to guitar guy for all kinds of roots-music adventurers: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Elvis Costello, John Mellencamp.” Ribot tours with several projects including the Marc Ribot Trio, a free jazz group featuring legendary bassist Henry Grimes and Chad Taylor on drums, his power trio Ceramic Dogwith bassist Shahzad Ismaily and drummer Ches Smith, the Philly soul meets the harmolodics of Ornette Coleman’s The Young Philadelphians with Jamaaladeen Tacuma and Calvin Weston, and with Caged Funk, a project of funk arrangements of John Cage’s music featuring Bernie Worrell of Parliament Funkadelic fame. Read his full-length bio at

MARYLHURST UNIVERSITY, a private liberal arts university 10 miles south of Portland, Ore., on Highway 43, is regionally accredited and nationally recognized for innovation and academic excellence in serving adult learners. Founded in 1893, Oregon's oldest Catholic university serves nearly 1,300 multigenerational students of all faiths and backgrounds. Marylhurst offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degrees and professional certificate programs on campus and online, all of which integrate the liberal arts with professional studies and prepare graduates to be ethical leaders who think critically and creatively.

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