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Sun Ra Arkestra
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“There is always change in the air / But there is a different spirit in the wind /
A bold and daring soul / From somewhere there…” – Sun Ra
A massive influence on generations of avant-jazz players—as well as artists ranging from Sonic Youth to Solange—the visionary Afrofuturism pioneer Sun Ra released over a hundred albums between the late-1950s and his departure for Saturn in 1993. Under the direction of 96-years-young maestro and saxophonist Marshall Allen, The Sun Ra Arkestra continues to beam its cosmic messages around our humble planet.
Known for melding Ellingtonian big band swing, transcendent free jazz, dancing, chanting, and lavishly-outfitted Afro-pageantry, the Arkestra will touch down to make sure Ra’s “Afrofuturist ideas and concepts are still hurtling through space at light speed” (Rolling Stone).
Special thanks to Ars Nova Workshop
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