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THE SUN RA ARKESTRA led by MARSHALL ALLEN
W/ very special guest dj set from PETE ROCK
Marshall Allen’s 95th Birthday Celebration Tour
One of the most free thinking jazz collectives in the 20th Century head up a cosmic night like no other with special guest dj set from peerless producer Pete Rock!
Sun Ra was one of the greatest and least known jazz artists of the last four decades. Composer, bandleader, pianist, poet and Afro-Futurist philosopher, he founded his Arkestra to take jazz into unexplored territories – his style drawing simultaneously on black vaudeville, modern dance, Egyptian cosmology, Eastern philosophy, surrealism, kitsch, and the Bible.
The Arkestra performs today led by 94-year young alto saxophonist and long-time Ra collaborator Marshall Allen. The mischievous brass blasts and the grooves keep rolling, as the big band – fully dressed, as usual, in space capes with a hint of Ancient Egypt – takes off once again in a joyous burst of tightly organised madness.
‘One of the most disciplined yet free thinking collectives of 20th century music’ The Quietus
Soul and Jazz driven beats with smooth, philosophical lyrics, that is the signature sound of 90’s Hip-Hop and the signature sound of one of the most influential and critically acclaimed acts of the era: Pete Rock’s complex sound used the Funk sampled by the previous generation of Hip-Hop pioneers and added a layer of Jazz that is his defining sound.
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