Sun Ra’s Contemporary Influence

English: Sun Ra at New England Conservatory, F...

Source: Rolling Stone.

Onstage at New York’s Radio City Music Hall earlier this month, Solange, still touring behind her momentous 2016 album, A Seat at the Table, was flanked by two pyramids; between them was a massive orb, resembling a heavenly body in the night. Behind those structures was a bleachers-like setup, where horn and string players would assemble, lending an extra sonic hand to Solange’s core band, which includes a trumpeter and trombonist. The show, part of a six-concert run dubbed Orion’s Rise, found the performers dressed entirely in white. All in all, an attendee could have been forgiven for feeling like they were at a concert by Sun Ra, the late jazz keyboardist, composer, philosopher and all-around cultural force whose avant-garde big band, the Arkestra, wore Egyptian-inspired outfits and played songs called “Tiny Pyramids” and “Space Is the Place.”

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