Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog

@ The Great Hall

Wednesday June 7, 2023

08:00 PM - 11:00 pm

Veteran guitarist / provocateur Marc Ribot returns to Toronto with his abrasive and eclectic funk-punk-jazz-whatever trio Ceramic Dog featuring bassist Shahzad Ismaily (Laurie Anderson, Bonnie Prince Billy, John Zorn, Secret Chiefs 3) and percussionist Ches Smith (Xiu Xiu, Secret Chiefs 3, Good For Cow, Tim Berne’s Snakeoil). Ribot’s weaves politically absurdist lyrics and stories around carefully placed guitar riffs, while Ismaily and Smith effortlessly fill in the mix. The comfort and seamless level of communication these 3 longtime collaborators have is palpable. Gentle begins grow into jazz infused noise punk ragers. Ribot’s virtuosic playing tears through rollicking percussion without ever feeling to overbearing. A rock band at that borrows from a vast musical encyclopedia. This trio is not to be missed!

The Ex guitarist Andy Moor’s ‘live’ solo performance “Intense Sound Signal Operates Without Warning” is a relatively new project. It is accompanied by projections of photos taken by himself over the last 30 years. The photos are in black and white and have a strong visual connection to the sounds that Andy produces from his unusual guitar work. Pylons, overhead telephone and electric cables, cityscapes, and industrial landscapes that are mostly absent of any human presence. A half hour of intense improvisation using no pedals or effects working with found objects and the raw sound of the electric guitar, with a wide palate of sound ranging from crackling noise, dark textures, sonic drone-like soundscapes and hidden melodies and chords. A solo guitar performance with not one guitar solo in sight.

Adeversarial Networks is a 4-piece multi-media project created by Caleb Klager, consisting of modular synthesizer/drum machines (Caleb Klager), keyed-synthesizers (Chris Pruden), electric guitar (Luan Phung), and audio-reactive projections (David Lipson). Borrowing elements of Techno, Noise, Punk, and DnB, performances are completely improvised. The project explores the interdependence of organic and digital improvisation and memory – where choices and consequences made by the performers are catalogued and mediated by the translation and reconfiguration of data. Various aural aspects of the performance such as volume, timbre, pitch, rhythm, or harmony is all data that can be processed to manipulate the projection output – creating an assemblage of gestural and evocative audio-visual environments.

TONE is made possible through the support of the Toronto Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, Long & McQuade, and Burdock Brewery.

Wednesday June 07, 2023

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm


Cover: $25.00

Andy Moor, Ches Smith, Marc Ribot, Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog, The Great Hall, Toronto