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Sounds of Sun Ra
March 18, 2009    wersja polska »
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The Sun Ra Arkestra, a big band comprising 13 musicians playing pieces by legendary jazz performer Sun Ra, will perform at Warsaw's Fabryka Trzciny March 23.

Pianist and arranger Sun Ra is one of the most extraordinary figures in the history of contemporary music. He was loved by the avant-garde for his innovative and bold artistic vision. He debuted in the 1930s and played with bass player Eugene Wright's band Dukes of Swing and with Fletcher Henderson, Coleman Hawkins and Stuff Smith. From the early 1950s he headed his own bands. By the mid-'50s he had a 10-member big band called the Arkestra that debuted in 1956 with the album Sun Song.

Initially the Arkestra played bebop with arrangements in the style of Duke Ellington and Tadd Dameron, plus some bold experimenting. Soon, Ra added bass saxophones, an electric bass guitar and electronic keyboard instruments

Ra's discography is among the largest in the history of music, as he recorded over a hundred studio albums including Atlantis, Jazz in Silhouette, and Space is the Place.

After his death in 1993, John Gilmore took over as head of the orchestra. Today the band's leader is multi-instrumentalist Marshall Allen.

March 23, Fabryka Trzciny, 14 Otwocka St., 8 p.m.
Tickets: zl.130, available from Shortcut, Traffic Club, tel. 0 22-692-14-30, www.shortcut.pl, kasa@fabryka.waw.pl, www.ebilet.pl
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