Ribot, Marc (Sylvan )
- Tamar Barzel
(b Newark, NJ, May 21, 1954). American composer, improviser, and guitarist. Ribot is a central figure on New York City’s downtown music scene, with a personal style inflected by rock, experimental composition, and free improvisation. The blues are a core influence, both stylistically and through their poetics of signification. At nine he began taking trumpet lessons, then studied classical guitar with Haitian composer Frantz Casseus. He picked up his primary instrument, electric guitar, as a teenager, playing in garage bands around South Orange, New Jersey. In ...