The spirit of famed jazz musician, composer, poet, and bandleader Sun Ra is alive and well in the present day manifestation of the Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen, featuring a mix of classic Sun Ra big-band compositions and
arrangements alongside Allen's own compositions and arrangements that are deeply rooted in the spirit of Sun Ra.
Marshall Allen, 91, joined the Sun Ra Arkestra in 1958 and led Sun Ra's formidable reed section for over 40 years. He assumed the helm of the Sun Ra Arkestra in 1995 after the ascension of Sun Ra in 1993 and John Gilmore in 1995. Mr. Allen continues to reside at the Sun Ra Residence in Philadelphia, composing, writing and arranging for the Arkestra much like his mentor, totally committed to a life of discipline centered totally on the study, research, and further development of Sun Ra's musical precepts.
This historic evening at the Morton Theatre will commence with a rare performance by Athens' own Flicker Orchestra, which provides live music for classic silent films.
Presented by Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE), an interdisciplinary initiative for advanced research in the arts at the University of Georgia, in celebration of the centennial year of Dada and experimental art for all time.