Legendary Guitarist and Pianist to Lead Sounds of Silents Performance at TMA

Daily Dose  |  01/25/2020 10:00 am

The Toledo Museum of Art (TMA)’s popular Sounds of Silents series returns Feb. 6 at 7 p.m. in the Peristyle. The series, which features silent films with live musical accompaniment, continues with the film “Aelita, Queen of Mars” and musicians guitarist Marc Ribot and pianist Anthony Coleman, who will join Ribot on piano and TMA’s Skinner organ, which was installed in its current location in the Peristyle in 1933 by the Skinner Organ Company.

“To have a legend like Marc Ribot performing in the Museum’s Sounds of Silents series is a thrill, and pairing him with Anthony Coleman on the keyboard will be a one-of-a-kind experience,” said Scott Boberg, TMA manager of programs and audience engagement. “Plus, early movie fans will love “Aelita, Queen of Mars,” which helped define the genre of science fiction filmmaking in the 1920s.”

Directed by Yakov Protazanov and based on the Tolstoy novel of the same name, the film tells the story of an engineer, Los, who creates a spacecraft capable of flying to Mars. One of the first full-length films about space travel, the movie’s influences can be seen in the further development of the sci-fi genre in the 20th century.

Ribot has released 25 albums under his own name over a 40-year career, exploring everything from the pioneering jazz of Albert Ayler to his latest album, “Songs of Resistance,” which was included on NPR’s All Songs Considered’s Best of 2018. Rolling Stone calls him “the go-to guitar guy for all for all kinds of roots-music adventurers: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Elvis Costello, John Mellencamp.”

Ribot has performed on film scores such as “The Kids Are All Right,” “Where the Wild Things Are,” "Walk The Line," "Everything is Illuminated," and "The Departed." He also occasionally performs live scores to silent films including Charlie Chaplin’s “The Kid” and Josef Van Sternberg’s “Docks of New York.”

Pianist and composer Anthony Coleman gained recognition in the avant-garde and klezmer-oriented jazz coming out of New York City’s downtown throughout the '80s and '90s. Coleman has performed and recorded with John Zorn, guitarist Elliott Sharp, David Moss, renowned trumpeter Dave Douglas, premier accordion player Guy Klucevsek, David Shea, former Captain Beefheart bandmember Gary Lucas, classical and klezmer clarinetist David Krakauer and many more.

Tickets for the film screening are $5 for Museum members, $7 for nonmembers, and $4 for students and military. To purchase tickets, visit tickets.toledomuseum.org