Sun Ra Arkestra

Mon, Jun 26, 2023
10:30 PM
Marion Dewar Plaza OLG Stage

Knoel Scott - alto sax / tenor sax
Vincent Chancey - French horn
Elson Nascimento - percussion / surdo
Tyler Mitchell - bass
Wayne Smith - drums
Cecil Brooks - trumpet
James Stewart - tenor sax
Tara Middleton - vocals
D. Hotep - guitar
Dave Davis - trombone
Farid Barron - piano
Beavin Lawrence - baritone sax
Kevin Batchelor - trumpet

Sun Ra founded the Sun Ra Arkestra in Chicago in 1955. He was among the earliest pioneers of the synthesizer and the free jazz revolution of the 1960's. Sun Ra sent a strong spiritual and musical message to his musicians and they are devoted to it. When he added more and more members they went from band to big band to ARKESTRA.

The Sun Ra Arkestra are known for their live performances that combine big-band swing, space-age jazz, singing, dancing, chanting, bright colors and Afro-pageantry. The Arkestra has been at the forefront of Afro-futurism since their inception.

Maestro Marshall Allen, the avant-garde alto saxophonist, who is 98 years young, joined the Arkestra in 1960. He has been directing the Arkestra since 1995. Marshall continues to compose and record with the Arkestra. He performs live on stage with them when they play within driving distance of his home in Philadelphia. Due to an inner ear issue Marshall is not able to fly to shows with the Arkestra.

The Arkestra's 2020 album "Swirling" was nominated for a Grammy Award for best big band jazz ensemble recording.

The Arkestra continue to travel the globe on their Inter-Galactic tour. Recent highlights include the Kennedy Center with Solange, the Berlin Opera House and New York City shows at Radio City Music Hall and a Christmas night benefit with Yo La Tengo. The Sun Ra Arkestra 2023 schedule includes the Big Ears Festival, a US West Coast Tour, a Canadian tour and a tour of Italy.

Maestro Marshall Allen and members of the Arkestra are available for interviews.

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