Directed by Marshall Allen
Dictionary Pudding are THRILLED to present a rare excursion to the South West for the thrilling, inimitable, Sun Ra Arkestra - led by 93 year old Marshall Allen!
Sun Ra was one of the greatest and least known jazz artists of the last four decades, whose influence on diverse musicians is little known to the general public. A pianist and band leader, his style ranged from retro swing to avant free, often in the same piece. His band could play a swinging Gershwin tune and almost imperceptibly soar into a free cosmic rhapsody as if they possessed a single mind.
Ra was a keyboard improviser of great originality, but his foremost talent was for inspiring and teaching creative musicians to improvise freely but together. This tension between freedom and coherence was something he explored with abundant energy and skill.
Sun Ra died in 1993. The Arkestra performs today, under the direction of 93 year old alto saxophonist Marshall Allen and their recent series of residencies at Café Oto in Dalston have thrilled and inspired a new generation of listeners. For this special Transcender performance, Marshall Allen will direct an expanded Arkestra line-up - a rare opportunity to catch a genuinely unique and mesmerising ensemble of musicians, still playing under the guidance of the titular, currently absent, 'Ra!
Presented by Dictionary Pudding Promotions
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