The Sun Ra Arkestra directed by Marshall Allen

The Sun Ra Arkestra directed by Marshall Allen

Friday, August 2, 8:00 PM The Sun Ra Arkestra directed by Marshall Allen Black Spirituals (Zachary James Watkins – Electronics, Marshall Trammell – Percussion) opens the show Tickets: $20/Adv $25/Door; $40 VIP package includes ticket, T-shirt and autographed poster Advance Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com  and Logos Books and Records, downtown Santa Cruz Doors: 7:30 PM More info: jack@lupos.com The sun rises in the West on Friday, August 2nd, when the Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen comes to the Kuumbwa Jazz Center.  Since 1954, Marshall Allen has been the ferocious core of the Arkestra. Under his direction, big band and swing are played to perfection and beyond. A master of both “inside” and “out,” Allen steers the Arkestra to realize possibilities of future and past, always extending both, ever in cahoots with the alter-destiny. Fifteen members strong, the Arkestra’s big-band traditionalism is as radical today as their afro-futurist iconoclasm has been since the 1950s. Opening the evening, Black Spirituals (Zachary James Watkins – Electronics, Marshall Trammell – Percussion.) manipulate temporal experience using a “Multi-Aesthetic Approach to Improvisation.” Borrowing their name from a found cassette of a Bernice Reagon lecture on the roots music of American Black Slaves, these stories form a sonic resonance that speaks of rich relationships to ones surroundings, memories, profound feelings, dreams, and the experiences that inspire human expression. Sun Ra brought early synthesizers to big band arrangements, took to the stage in processions of sparkling dancers, and explained with patient confidence that he, and perhaps we, were neither human nor Earthbound. From “Medicine for a Nightmare” and “El Is a Sound of Joy” to “Astro...