Marc Ribot to Host Young Guitarists Benefit Tonight

Program is a tribute to Haitian guitarist Frantz Casséus

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Marc Ribot and Frantz Casséus

Guitarist Marc Ribot will host a benefit at the Issue Project Room in New York City benefitting the Frantz Casséus Young Guitarists Program. The program will consist of works by and in tribute to the Haitian composer and teacher. Ribot, along with two other disciples of Casséus, Italian classical guitarist Alberto Mesirca and Marc Mathelier, will pay tribute in separate sets, as well as Trio Blastphemy (Curtis Hasselbring, trombone; Ben Holmes, trumpet, flugelhorn; and Marcus Rojas, tuba), vocalists Melanie Charles and Barbara (Perlow) Simon (who sang on Casséus’ 1969 Haitiana recording reissued on Smithsonian Folkways) and Frantz’s great nephew DJ Greg Caz.

According to a press release, “Before Ribot made a name for himself as a pioneering force in NYC’s downtown music scene and as guitarist for luminaries like Tom Waits, Wilson Pickett and the Lounge Lizards, he began his guitar studies as a teenager with close family friend, the father Haitian classical guitar, Frantz Casséus. After Haiti was devastated by earthquake in 2010, Ribot founded the Frantz Casséus Young Guitarists Program in Port-Au-Prince, using funds from his former mentor’s publishing, which he’d inherited after Casséus’ death in 1993. The program, run jointly by the Haitian Music Company, Caracol and the Holy Trinity Music School, offers a haven for creativity and stability to low-income students.”

The evening also celebrates the publication of a new book with newly found compositions, Frantz Casséus Guitar Works, compiled by Ribot and Alberto Mesirca and published by Zimmerman.

The performance begins at 8 p.m.


$25 general admission to 8PM performance

$50 VIP includes reserved seating and 7 p.m. exclusive performance and reception

Purchase tickets here.