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Announcing Sun Ra Mixtape # 5

Mixtape 4 Sun Ra

In the fall of 2014, Philadelphia Jazz Project [PJP] developed a unique challenge for DJs, producers, electronic musicians, turntablists, singers, poets, and/or rappers, as well as solos by instrumentalists to honor the immeasurable imaginative genius of the late Philadelphia, visionary musician, philosopher, composer and band leader, Sun Ra [1914 to 1993].


We now present, PJP Mixtape Series - Sun Ra Edition Vol 5, featuring music by Leonard Belasco, Lotus Barron, Terry Lawson, Alan Nelson, Sherman Fleming, Farid Barron, Price/Speaks/Diehl Trio, DJ EAR 2 EAR, David Middleton, Tara Middleton, B.i.DOUBLLE, Paul Giess, Steve Tyson Jr. and others.


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Sun Ra passed away in 1993, yet his influence and the audience for his work, as well as the work of the Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen, continue to grow. Sun Ra was a prolific composer and arranger, as well as a commanding bandleader, who managed to keep a big band and a record company together for decades. He utilized sophisticated, costuming, theatrics and cinematic techniques in his performances, 20 years before they became commonplace in popular music.


Sun Ra also pioneered the use of synthesizers and electronic instruments long before they became fashionable. His musical palette was broad enough to include the swing of Fletcher Henderson, to the minimalism of Post-WWII avant-garde composers, like John Cage. If you think Sun Ra was all about bright lights and pretty colors, you are in for a wild ride. Just listening to any of his compositions is a unique experience and examining his catalogue is an invaluable, “one of a kind “musical education. This mixtape series is an attempt to celebrate that enduring influence and to illuminate the continuing impact of those creative ideas.


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PJP's Sun Ra Mixtape Series features some of the most progressive and visionary artists in the region.


Participating artists include;
▪ Vocalist - Tara Middleton
▪ Poet/Writer - Leonard Belasco
▪ Interdisciplinary Artist - Sherman Fleming
▪ Trumpeter - Paul Giess
▪ Poet/Rapper - B.i. DOUBLLE
▪ Hiphop/Dance producer - Ras1
▪ Pianist - Farid Barron
▪ Saxophonist - Larry Price
▪ Bassist - Nimrod Speaks
▪ Drummer - Kevin Diehl
▪ and many others


To download this mixtape and/or learn more about this series, CLICK HERE.


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Special Thanks: The Sun Ra Estate, Irwin Chusid, Michael Anderson, J. Michael Harrison, James Solomon, Nija Walker, Bobby Zankel, Jay Levin, Agent Zero, Eric Bogacz, Alex Santilli, Gary Dann, Anthony Tidd, Dmani Lopez, Asha Jackson, Julia Lopez, Melissa Talley Palmer, Gail Fountaine, Stephanie Seiple.


For more information about Sun Ra:

Sun Ra Estate Website
Sun Ra Arkestra Website
Sun Ra Facebook
Mission Creep Sun Ra Resources
Pitchfork's Essential Sun Ra Music
The Sun Ra Music Archive
Perfect Sound Forever Sun Ra Article
University of Chicago Sun Ra Exhibit

Philadelphia Jazz Project is a sponsored project of the CultureWorks | Greater Philadelphia, with funding provided by The Wyncote Foundation

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