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Marc Ribot hosts a tribute to Frantz Casséus to Benefit the Haitian Youth Guitar Program

June 16th, 2014

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TONIGHT MONDAY JUNE 16th – Marc Ribot hosts a tribute to Frantz Casséus to Benefit the Haitian Youth Guitar Program.

As a teenager, Ribot began his guitar studies with close family friend, Frantz Casséus. A lifetime later, Ribot opens a Chopin vinyl box set that once belonged to his former mentor, and discovers, tucked away, a notebook full of compositions. These early drafts of finished work, many that were never recorded are now part of a new book. Join us as we celebrate its’ publication! Also featured are performances by Italian classical guitarist Alberto Mesirca and Haitian guitarist Marc Mathelier, Trio Blastphemy (Curtis Hasselbring, trombone; Ben Holmes, trumpet & flugelhorn; Marcus Rojas, tuba), vocalists Melanie Charles and Barbara (Perlow) Simon (who sung on Casseus’ 1969 Haitiana recording reissued on Smithsonian Folkways) and Frantz’s great nephew DJ Greg Caz.

Monday, June 16th @ Issue Project Room
22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn (near most major trains)

Read a recent interview: http://www.brooklyndaily.com/stories/2014/24/24-marc-ribot-casseus-haiti-guitar-fundraiser-2013-06-13-bk_2014_24.html

Before Marc 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 of 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 Haitiana Music Company, Caracol and the Holy Trinity Music School, offers a haven for creativity and stability to low-income students.

Read an article Marc wrote on Frantz in 2003 for BOMB Magazine:

http://bombmagazine.org/article/2540/frantz-casseus

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This special evening at ISSUE hosted by Marc Ribot and Howard Wolfson benefits the Frantz Casséus Young Guitarists Program in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti with a program of works by and in tribute to the great composer and teacher. Marc Ribot, along with two other disciples of Casséus: Italian classical guitarist Alberto Mesirca and Haitian guitarist Marc Mathelier, pay tribute in separate sets. The evening also features Trio Blastphemy (Curtis Hasselbring, trombone; Ben Holmes, trumpet & flugelhorn; Marcus Rojas, tuba), vocalists Melanie Charles and Barbara (Perlow) Simon (who sung on Casseus’ 1969 Haitiana recording reissued on Smithsonian Folkways) and Frantz’s great nephew DJ Greg Caz.

The event also celebrates the publication of a new book of newly found compositions recently discovered by Marc hidden in some old vinyl records he had inherited from Frantz. Compiled and edited by Ribot and Alberto Mesirca, Frantz Casséus Guitar Works was published earlier this year by Zimmerman Verlag.

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