Marc Ribot and Emeline Michel at Greenwich House / by Michael Arthur

Last night at the Greenwich House School of Music's Uncharted Series (where I am doing a residency through April), guitar legend Marc Ribot and Haitian songstress Emeline Michel paid tribute to Haitian classical guitar icon (and Ribot's mentor) Frantz Casseus in a gorgeous night of music. The evening had the feel of a school recital in the very best sense, not just because it took place in a music school, but because Ribot's concentration was intense--his playing just slightly out of his comfort zone--and the audience was filled with family, friends and supportive listeners. It was the Uncharted Series at its best, a real dedication and commitment to the challenging pursuit of a musical ideal, slightly out of reach but completely within the grasp of masters.