10798Re: [fearnwhiskey] NYT: Struggling to Keep the Band and Legend of Sun Ra Alive
- Jun 30, 2005Thanks, Dave. I'm glad to see Marshall Allen in the NYTimes.
--On Thursday, June 30, 2005 8:39 AM -0400 Dave Purcell <dap@...>
> Mr. Allen toured for two weeks with the bassist Henry Grimes this year,If Allen gets a version of the Arkestra together to play in a town near
> and is about to return to Tuva with a small group and to perform with
> the Arkestra in Austria and France in early July. But he complains that
> the concerts do not pay enough to keep the entire band together like an
> extended family, the way Sun Ra did. Mr. Allen often has trouble
> scraping together a full ensemble (anywhere from 13 to 19 pieces) even
> for weekly rehearsals and must call upon Arkestra alumni to fill spots.
you, run, do not walk, to see it. I'm sure I'm repeating myself here, but
I got the chance to see the Arkestra for the first time in 16-17 years back
in 2003 (and the first time without Sun Ra, who had long since departed for
the spaceways). I was a little concerned that age would have weakened the
raucous, physical performers...right up until showtime when they played a
set the P-Funk crowd would have envied, complete with floor gymnastics and
powerful solos. Buying a ticket to this circus not only would give a much
needed cash infusion to the organization, it will give you one of the best
concerts you're likely to see.
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