Ribot Plans Benefit for Haiti Youth Guitar Program

Posted on May 27, 2014 | by Jason Walsh

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Musicians will be drumming up funds, while strumming for a good cause, this June as part of a fundraising event for the Frantz Casseus Young Guitarists Program in Port-Au-Prince.

The Young Guitarists Program was founded by guitarist Marc Ribot in the wake of the Haitian earthquake of 2010, with a mission to provide “a haven for creativity and stability to low-income students.”

The 7.0-magnitude Haiti earthquake hit the Caribbean island in the afternoon of January 12, 2010, and is estimated to have cost the lives of more than 100,000 people and left another a million homeless.

Ribot, a New York-based guitarist who has worked with Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, and Wilson Pickett, among others, named the program in honor of his music mentor, the late Frantz Casseus, considered by some to be the “father of Haitian classical guitar.”

The June 16 fundraiser will take place at the Issue Project Room (22 Boerum Place, New York City), and is planned as a musical tribute to Casseus. The event will feature a performance by Ribot, along with sets by Marc Mathelier and Alberto Mesirca, both former disciples of Casseus.

Also on the bill are Trio Blastphemy, Barbara Simon and DJ Greg Caz.

Proceeds benefit the Frantz Casseus Young Guitarists Program. The show begins at 8pm; tickets are $25. A VIP reception and performance begins at 7pm; tickets are $50.

For more about the Young Guitarists program, visit marcribot.com.

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