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January 17th, 2017 / 8pm
Satellites Are Spinning: A Sizzling, Sonic Celebration of Sun Ra

Ardmore Music Hall
23 East Lancaster Avenue

Ardmore, PA 19003


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Continuing the exploration started by our Sun Ra Mixtape Series celebrating the influence of the Philadelphia, visionary musician, philosopher, composer and band leader, Sun Ra, Philadelphia Jazz Project present, Satellites Are Spinning: A Sizzling, Sonic Celebration of Sun Ra. This concert series features 8 performances at some of the region's most important venues including; The Barnes Foundation, Ardmore Music Hall, Johnny Brenda's, The Planetarium of The Franklin Institute and World Cafe Live. Hosted by WRTI radio deejay, J. Michael Harrison.


Bert Harris is a bassist in the Philadelphia World Beat, Blues, and Jazz scene. He is also a founding member of the Eye2Eye Trio: an avant-garde Jazz ensemble, as well as Philly’s best known New Orleans funk, blues, and reggae band, Philly Gumbo. Harris is a founding member of The Willow Trio: A World Rhythms/Jazz ensemble. He also performs with the Melange Jazz Collective, Timi Tanzania and the Dubway Reggae Band, and ska-jazz band, Rock$teady. He also leads his own ensemble the Jazz Planet. Bert Harris has performed with Byard Lancaster, Robert Kenyatta’s La Tumba, Bobby Watson, Khan Jamal, Elliot Levin, Jeannie Brooks and Brenda Smith. To keep up with Bert Harris's musical activities, visit his website at: BertBassie.Com

PJP spoke with bassist and composer Bert Harris who will serve as musical director for the third concert of the Satellites Are Spinning Concert Series.

PJP: Can you briefly describe your musical direction?

Bert Harris: My musical direction is the direction of the music I am creating and playing. The beauty of this Sun Ra project is a chance to explore this master's depth and put a personal stamp on his great compositions.


Bert Harris 3PJP: What and whom are pivotal musical influences on your creative approach?

Bert Harris: Can't deny I started with James Brown. His basslines still mesmerize me. Music that makes you move is always my biggest influence. It's why I love African music, NOLA music and Latin music. The African sound diaspora is my biggest influence.

PJP: Tell us about the mixtape series that inspired this concert series.

Bert Harris: There's so many creative and talented artists on PJP's Sun Ra Mixtape Series. We are all fortunate to have this opportunity to create a unique soundscape of Sun Ra's music. When Homer Jackson of PJP came to The Eye2Eye Trio with an idea for recording Funkadelic's, classic tune, "Maggot Brain," it really got our creative vibes flowing. We took it to some other place.

PJP: Tell us about the Satellites series. What are you planning to present at the Ardmore Music Hall?

Bert Harris: You will hear some Sun Ra's tunes done through the lenses of Afrofuturism. The music of other artists are featured in this concert as well, but we don't want to give it all away.

PJP: Why is this theme/concept so important?

Bert Harris: No disrespect intended, but Sun Ra was Afrofuturism long before the term became common. It all came together in his vision and his music.


Bert Harris 4PJP: Who is working with you on this?

Bert Harris: A whole heap of folks will be joining the Eye2Eye Trio of Kim Pedro, Elliott Levin and me.. it's been great to meet and collaborate with so many different musicians. Folks like guitarist and Sun Ra Arkestra member, DM Hotep, alto sax man Larry Price, trumpeter Matthew Stewart, keyboardist and vocalist V. Shayne Frederick, rapper and producer Twizzmatic, bassist Matt Engle, vocalist Jakeya Sanders, poet Alonzo Jennings and others.

PJP: When listening to your music what advice would you give the audience to assist with greater understanding and enjoyment? 

Bert Harris: Just let the music be in you... like a breath.

PJP: Why Jazz? When you could be doing anything else, Why this music?


Bert Harris: There's so much that a  bassist can do with Jazz, That's one of the primary reasons I love Jazz. The bass can go anywhere, ...follow, or take other's along on your ride.


Satellites #3

January 17th, 2017 / 8pm
Satellites Are Spinning: A Sizzling, Sonic Celebration of Sun Ra

Ardmore Music Hall
23 East Lancaster Avenue

Ardmore, PA 19003


For Tickets: Click Here




Check out The Eye2Eye Trio featured featrured on PhillyCAM.

Special Thanks: The Sun Ra Estate, Irwin Chusid, Michael Anderson, J. Michael Harrison, Kim Pedro Rodriguez, DMHotep, Antoine Haywood, Gralin Hughes, James Solomon, Nija Walker, Bobby Zankel, Jay Levin, Agent Zero, Eric Bogacz, Alex Santilli, Gary Dann, Anthony Tidd, Dmani Lopez, Dan Blacksberg, V. Shayne Frederick, Asha Jackson, Julia Lopez, Melissa Talley Palmer, Gail Fountaine, Stephanie Seiple and Rich Nichols.


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

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