Ranaldo & Ribot For Ellnora Guitar Fest

Paying tribute to silent film heroes Buster Keaton and
Charlie Chaplin.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo will
perform a solo suspended guitar score for Buster Keaton’s 1922 silent
film Cops at the upcoming Ellnora Guitar Festival, Sept. 9 in Urbana, Illinois.

 

Ranaldo’s score will feature
the suspended guitar phenomena of this American musician/record producer/visual
artist, while Ribot (Robert Plant, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, John Zorn, etc.) will
share the bill, performing his score to Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid, which
was commissioned by the New York Guitar
Festival. The opening titles to Chaplin’s 1921 masterpiece describe
the story as “a picture with a smile, and perhaps a tear,” and the film is
notable for its bittersweet combination of comedy and drama. 

 

Ribot returns to the festival
later that evening for a set featuring his band Los Cubanos Postizos. Other artists appearing at ELLNORA include Calexico, My
Brightest Diamond, Richard Thompson, Daniel Lanois’ Black
Dub, Sharon Isbin, Taj Mahal, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Adrian
Belew, Robert Randolph, The Tony Rice Unit, Cindy Cashdollar, and many
more.

 

The Ellnora Guitar Festival
at Krannert Center runs Sept. 8-10 – more details at
www.ellnoraguitarfestival.com .

 

 

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