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Newsbits: Unsound / Sun Ra / Russian Avant-Garde / Nortonk

The Unsound Festival has released a compilation as we await its next iteration. The new release of Sun Ra’s Languidity is reviewed. UbuWeb has a set of recordings entitled Sound Experiments in The Russian Avant-Garde (1908-1942), featuring early Russian drone and electronic music. The new album from Nortonk is reviewed.
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Happy Birthday Sun Ra: Jazz Master Spotify Playlist

Legendary jazz musician Sun Ra was born on this date in 1914 in Birmingham, Alabama. An iconoclast, Sun Ra was an innovative and pioneering songwriter and performer whose lasting legacy influences not just jazz, but electronic, experimental and avant garde music, and beyond to nearly all forms of popular music.
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Marshall Allen and Knoel Scott on Sun Ra

This week on Radio Hour Marshall Allen – alto sax- and Knoel Scott – sax and reed player – of Sun Ra Arkestra join the show. They discuss about Sun Ra’s motherly love and sensitivity, the 100-piece version of the Arkestra that had the power to change the weather, the group’s highly unusual rehearsal schedule, and how Marshall found the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. In their DJ set, the pair walk us through some of their enduring favorites as well as choice cuts from the Sun Ra Arkestra’s extensive catalog.
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The Absurdly Poignant Poems of Sun Ra

Support Hyperallergic’s independent arts journalism. Become a member today ». CHICAGO — Twenty-five seconds into Sun Ra’s “Realm of Lightning” (1962), a muddy growl emerges softly, as if from another room, and never quite goes away. Registering between a muted trumpet and a distorted chortle, the sound is dubbed “Space Voice,” in characteristic Sun Ra mystery, and belongs to Art Jenkins. The largely percussive track simmers for 12 minutes in this lurching fashion; notes cling as if the piece can’t die — it’s done when it’s done. Sun Ra’s music is transcendent, his stage presence beyond, and his legacy outsize — all of this was daunting for a new listener like myself. “Realm of Lightning” was the first track of his I ever listened to, and I picked it because of the title. Sun Ra, The Substitute Words: Poetry 1957-72, a tightly curated archival exhibition at Corbett vs. Dempsey, operates similarly, applying a literary lens to his output and providing a welcome, alternative entry point into his universe.
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Sun Ra :: Extensions Out, Plus: Four Poetry Books (1959/1972)

It’s been said before, but it bears repeating. You could devote your life to the music of Sun Ra and never get through it all. Have you thoroughly digested the recent Egypt 1971 boxed set? Or the 2020 Arkestra LP Swirling? Watch out—there’s a very enticing expanded edition of the classic Lanquidity LP coming soon. Exhausting? Hell no. However deep you want to dive, exploring Ra’s universe is a constantly rewarding pastime.

An Updated Guide to the Many Sun Ra Albums on Bandcamp

Maybe it was written in the glow of the stars—or, more likely, foretold in the Blackness that surrounds them! Over the past few years, growth in the collective admiration for the music, art, and philosophy of the Afrofuturist keyboardist and composer Sun Ra, and his band The Arkestra, has been phenomenal to behold, matched only by the volume of his own available recordings.
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Sun Ra, Odetta, Alabama artists honored at National Museum of African American Music

A number of Alabama born musicians are honored at the recently opened National Museum of African American Music in Nashville. A yellow argyle sweater worn by Montgomery-born Nat King Cole is on display at the museum, as well as sheet music from compositions by Father of the Blues, W.C. Handy. Additional Alabama musicians include Odetta, SunRa, Lionel Richie, Brittany Howard, Big Mama Thornton, and Dinah Washington.

Between Takes: Space is the Place for Sun Ra and John Sinclair

In Episode 024 of Between Takes, John Sinclair talks about the pre-eminent Afro-futurist of the 1960s-1970s, Sun Ra. Welcome to Between Takes; where artists and musicians tell stories about what happens behind the scenes. WDET’s Sam Beaubien has been dedicated to making music in Detroit for 20 years, and this...