There's never been another like him. Sun Ra's physical body might have died in 1993 at 79, but last year, at 100, his band hit Istanbul hard to set new heights of 'Afro-Futurism.' 'Live at the Babylon' is a CD/DVD package that captures all the craziness.
Bernard Stollman, founder of the iconic NYC indie jazz record label, ESP-Disk, has died at age 85 after a prolonged battle with colon cancer that spread to his spine.
The cosmic philosophy behind Sun Ra never seems to falter as he, "of the Angel Race from Saturn" and prolific songwriter of over 1,000 in his repertoire continues to reign supreme. And with a forthcoming LP from the Sun Ra Arkestra, now is as a good time as ever to crack into his massive backlog.
Sun Ra fans around the globe should be on the edge of their seats for the latest update to the Ra canon. Irwin Chusid, administrator for Sun Ra LLC, recently released the first batch of over 20 Sun Ra "Mastered for iTunes" reissues, as part of an archive that has proven very difficult to obtain.
Per Radio New Zealand National, a recent venture from Daniel Beban, who runs Wellington sound exploration space The Pyramid Club met a slick fellow who ran a little join called Slug's Saloon, his name was Jay Schultz.
In celebration of Sun Ra’s 100th (earthly) anniversary, Afro Punk Festival presents "Afro Punk After Dark: The Beautiful Noise" at Brooklyn club Littlefield on Saturday, August 23. The tribute will feature The Beautiful Noise including King Britt, Damon Bennett, Anthony Tidd and a few surprise guests.
Sun Ra was arguably out of his gourd, and yet his idiosyncratic interpretations of jazz, religion and basically anything under the golden sun have marked him as close to an "otherworldly being" as anything like "Afrofuturism" ever had.
Does this glut of posthumous Ra releases pose a bit of an existential dilemma for true Ra fans, then? Probably. All the same, just in time for the Sun Ra centenary, we now have 21 new album of music on iTunes.
On the centenary of Sun Ra's earthly birth, Jazz at Lincoln Center welcomed his Arkestra to Columbus Circle for the first time. Ever.
On Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 7 p.m., PictureBox will host David Grubbs for an event at Blonde Art Books--in honor of the release of their newest publication, 'Sun Ra + Ayé Aton: Space, Interiors and Exteriors, 1972.'