Celebrate Halloween Early with Sun Ra Arkestra at Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday

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American avant-garde jazz composer, bandleader, pianist, poet, and philosopher Herman Poole Blount was known across the world as the inimitable Sun Ra, “a self-declared angelic deity who fused early 20th-century black consciousness with the myths and dreams of the ancient Egyptians.” And despite his death more than two decades ago, he’s left behind a considerable legacy of studio and live recordings—plus his acclaimed 25-piece orchestra, or Arkestra. Now led by multi-instrumentalist Marshall Allen, who joined Sun Ra in 1958 and remains a staunch defender of his legacy, the Sun Ra Arkestra (below, performing “Space Is the Place” at Berklee College of Music), decked out in space-age cosmic robes and sequined hats, continues to tour the world. And just like when Sun Ra ran the show, parts are still tailor-made for each Arkestra member. Plus, Allen keeps Sun Ra’s music and ideas fresh by writing new arrangements and composing new music. Stream their most recent album, Live from Babylon, below, and go experience their unique sound and look when Sun Ra Arkestra bring an Adventure into Their Outer Space Halloween Spectacular to Brooklyn Bowl on Thursday night.


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