The spectacular performances of the Sun Ra Arkestra will be remembered for a long time by those happy enough to have witnessed one or more of the 6 perfomances they gave at ZXZW 2008.
On this cool blog you can find several very interesting jazz downloads, and also the most famous movie of Sun Ra: Space is the Place.
A short summary of Space is the Place:
A jazz innovator for decades, Sun Ra created a sound that could easily have come from his home planet–Saturn. The legend around Sun Ra is bizarre and complex, and it’s one element in John Coney’s insane 1974 film SPACE IS THE PLACE. Conceived as a vehicle for Sun Ra and his music, the film blends 1950s sci-fi, ’70s Blaxploitation, and Ingmar Bergman’s THE SEVENTH SEAL in an intense, provocative mix.
Check it out.
“Last month the ZXZW Festival in Tilburg, Holland sent me an invitation to attend this year’s event to witness the Embassy of the Living Sun Ra, a week-long residency by the 15-piece Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen. I was able to attend the last four nights of musical delights and at the Saturday night concert at the Paradox Club I stuck out my little digital recorder and captured most of the second set. On Sunday the Arkestra concluded its week with a free concert in the park downtown, and this episode starts with the closing number from that concert, “We Travel the Spaceways.” Before leaving Tilburg I got my host, Ries Doms, a ZXZW board member, to take a break and explain how this festival and the Embassy of the Living Sun Ra came to be.” Read and listen more here.
Did a bunch of high box jumps onto the stage and risers, wall handstand push ups and stuff for a bit.
Went and ate at the artist meal hall and then went and saw THE SUN RA ARKESTRA.
Holy shit, I cried during their first song. Some of these guys have been with the band for 50 years. I never, ever thought I would see these people play music and tonight I went and saw them for the first time. The thing is, they’re playing one block away from our hotel FOR THE NEXT FIVE NIGHTS IN A ROW, two sets each night covering a decade of music each night. Tonight was big band standards like Ellington and such.
Doormouse wrote on his ZXZW festival experience at his blog.
Aad van Nieuwkerk wrote a piece about the Sun Ra Arkestra on the Radio 6 website. You can also find old Sun Ra material (from 1971 till1990) to download. Saturday night Radio 6 will broadcast the Sun Ra Arkestra show live. Find it all here.
John Corbett arrived yesterday with a real Sun Ra treasure. He’s now working at the public library. We’ll open the exhibit Sunday 24th of August at 14.00.