Marc Ribot Quartet featuring Mary Halvorson

Marc Ribot Quartet featuring Marc Ribot, guitar; Mary Halvorson, guitar; Hilliard Greene, bass; Chad Taylor, drums.
Special guests Kerosene Ensemble.

When: Friday, September 20, 2024
VIP reception: 6 p.m.
Doors: 7 p.m.
Where: Mercury Cafe
2199 California St
Denver, CO 80205
Tickets: $35 General admission; $25 students (w/ID);
$15 VIP reception add-on

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Marc Ribot, who The NY Times  describes as “a deceptively articulate artist who uses inarticulateness as an expressive device,” has released 25 albums under his own name over a 40-year career, exploring everything from the pioneering jazz of Albert Ayler to the Cuban son of Arsenio Rodríguez to his Ceramic Dog and to his original scores and solo guitar works. Additionally, Marc’s has a first collection of writings, “Unstrung: Rants & Stories of a Noise Guitarist”.

Rolling Stone points out that “Guitarist Marc Ribot helped Tom Waits refine a new, weird Americana on 1985’s Rain Dogsand 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.” Additional recording credits include Neko Case, Diana Krall, Elton John/Leon Russell’s The Union, Solomon Burke, John Lurie’s Lounge Lizards, Marianne Faithful, Joe Henry, Allen Toussaint, Medeski Martin & Wood, Caetono Veloso, Susana Baca, Allen Ginsburg, Madeline Peyroux, Nora Jones, Céu, Akiko Yano, The Black Keys, and many others. Marc works regularly with Grammy® award winning producer T Bone Burnett and NY composer John Zorn. He has also composed and performed on numerous film scores such as “Walk The Line”, “The Kids Are All Right,” and “The Departed” (Scorcese).

Guitarist, composer and MacArthur fellow Mary Halvorson has been described as “a singular talent”, ”NYC’s least-predictable improviser”, “one of the most original jazz guitarists of our time”, and “one of today’s most formidable bandleaders”. In recent Downbeat Critics Polls she has been celebrated as guitarist, rising star jazz artist, and rising star composer of the year. Halvorson’s most recent release, Cloudward (Nonesuch Records, 2024), features her Amaryllis sextet, with Adam O’Farrill (trumpet), Jacob Garchik (trombone), Patricia Brennan (vibraphone), Nick Dunston (bass) and Tomas Fujiwara (drums), along with special guest Laurie Anderson (violin) on one track.

Over the past two decades she has worked with such diverse musicians as Tim Berne, Anthony Braxton, Taylor Ho Bynum, John Dieterich, Trevor Dunn, Bill Frisell, Ingrid Laubrock, Myra Melford, Jason Moran, Joe Morris, Tom Rainey, Jessica Pavone, Tomeka Reid, Marc Ribot, Ches Smith and John Zorn.

Firmly embedded among a limited lineup of unparalleled post-modern jazz groups, Kerosene Ensemble blends captivating original compositions with a repertoire of stunning popular music and jazz standard arrangements. Steeped in the “Denver Sound,” the quartet’s expansive influences range from traditional to avant-garde, delighting die-hard and casual fans alike with its accessible, yet exhilarating performances. Kerosene Ensemble features Troy Thill on saxophones, David Thomas Bailey on guitar, Mike Brown on bass, and Dean Hirschfield on drums.

“Whether it’s a heartbreakingly gorgeous rendition of The Beach Boys’ ‘God Only Knows,’ an unexpectedly sublime take on Hendrix’s ‘Wind Cries Mary,’ or one of their lush and intricate original compositions, one word comes to mind after enjoying a Kerosone Ensemble performance: Indelible.” — David Flomberg, music journalist for Downbeat Jazz Magazine, Rocky Mountain News, Westword and other publications