Sun Ra Arkestra
There aren’t many musical groups that are still going strong 30 years after their leader’s death, but then again, there aren’t any groups in the universe like the Sun Ra Arkestra. Since the passing of Sun Ra in 1993, the pioneering afro-futurist, avant-garde big band has been spreading the immensely influential music and philosophy of their late bandleader, Le Sony'r Ra.
With an ever-flexible lineup and a gargantuan catalog of music spanning from cosmic jazz to disco to free jazz to bop, Sun Ra’s influence can be seen in every corner of contemporary music. From legends like John Coltrane to indie icons Yo La Tengo and punk forebears MC5, Sun Ra’s influence is so far-reaching that it’s hard to imagine modern music being the same without him.
Operating since 1958, the Arkestra has always maintained its reputation as one of the most progressive acts in music. With lineups that range anywhere from 12 to 20 musicians, and with afro-futurist players as otherworldly as Sun Ra himself that they could be a show on their own, the Arkestra’s live performances are a pure distillation of the spontaneity and electricity of Sun Ra’s compositions.
The new Millennium has seen the Arkestra do everything from a retrospective of its work at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia to performances at prestigious venues such as the Kennedy Center, Radio City Music Hall and the Berlin Opera House. It’s a testament to Sun Ra’s music that seeing the Arkestra now is just as vital as it was 65 years ago.
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- Earth Freaks Ebun Eine Kleine China Emma Ruth Rundle Empanadas Ilegales Eve Parker Finley Everythingyoueverloved Eye of Newt
- Facecut Faith Healer (solo) FAMILY DINNER Fault FauxFun Feeding Fold Paper Fresh Wax Fulfilment
- Gadfly Genizah Ghost Woman Ginger Beef girl with dream Gloin Gossamer Blue Grey Light District Grimelda Gulfer Gustaf Gut Balloon
- Hailstones Hair Control Hardcore Makeout HARSH Haters Haviah Mighty Helado Negro Hermitess HERR SPECTRE Hot Goss housepanther Housewife Hundred Footers
- ILLHumanNation Indian Giver
- Jane Inc. JayWood Jed Arbour Jody Glenham JWords
- K-Riz & The Family Kaeyae Alo KAINA Kamikaze Nurse Krill Williams KT Laine
- La Sécurité Laura Hickli Laurence-Anne Leather Jacuzzi Lev Snowe Liturgy LOOK ALIVE Love Language Lovelet Lowkita Luke Requena Lushings
- Maassai MAGELLA Maky Lavender Malaika Hailey Man Meat Maneka Mannequin Pussy Marcher Marlaena Moore Maryam Sirvan Matt MacNeil & The Geeks MELODNA mHz Michael Peter Olsen Midnight Peg Miesha and The Spanks mineo kawasaki MixTapper More Than Nothing Mother Tongues MVLL CRIMES
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- Obroa-skai Only God Forgives Oranje Osees
- PACKS Paisley Fields Pancake Parisian Orgy Pelada Pony Girl Puberty Well
- Quit It!
- R. Flex Rachel Geek Rip Room Roya Ryan Bourne & The Plant City Band
- Samantha Savage Smith SAP Sargeant X Comrade SarrSew scalding sean beaver Sen Morimoto Sepehr Serenade & Adoré Sessa Shebear and the Hibernation Shirley & The Pyramids shn shn Shumaila Hemani Sick Puppy Silvering SIMONE Sister Ray Snake River So Tired Soul Mates Speedreader SPELLLING State n Division Still Depths Stripmall Stucco Stuttr SUMAC Sun Ra Arkestra Sunforger Sunglaciers Super Duty Tough Work Swimming
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