Date(s) - 07/18/2019
7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
- ArtsEarth Partner
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- THU, JUL 18, 7:30PM (SFJAZZ Members Save 25% / Dance Floor Show with Film)
- FRI, JUL 19, 7:30PM (Dance Floor Show with Film)
- SAT, JUL 20, 7:30PM (Dance Floor Show)
- SUN, JUL 21, 7PM (Dance Floor Show)
For this exclusive event, the late jazz giant’s legacy band performs live, accompanying a screening of the cult favorite 1974 Afro-futurist sci-fi film Space Is the Place, written by and starring Sun Ra. Produced by jazz musician, art curator, and former KQED producer Jim Newman, Space Is the Place was inspired by “The Black Man in the Cosmos,” a course taught by Sun Ra at UC Berkeley in 1971.
Filmed primarily in Oakland and San Francisco, the movie weaves together live concert footage and staged dramatic scenes with a plot concerning the salvation of black culture through space exploration, with Sun Ra’s music as the divine force that will save the people and usher them to a new future beyond Earth.
Film: Rated R
The enduring legacy of jazz visionary Sun Ra is celebrated by this ensemble made up of Arkestra veterans and a younger generation of exploratory musicians led by saxophonist Marshall Allen – a fixture of Sun Ra’s bands since 1958. Sun Ra created an entire universe of expression, integrating Ellington-influenced big band swing with free jazz, the blues, electronics, and African musical traditions.
Just like the days of old, the members of the Arkestra play music untethered by gravity and time.
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