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Posted: March, 7th. 2021
The next generation of Sun Ra fans is coming!
The students of an elementary school in Spokane, Washington, have recorded a nice version of "Space is the Place", showing that there is still a long way ahead for Sun Ra's music. All musicians are students, and the spoken vocals are all kindergarten students. Listen to them at https://soundcloud.app.goo.gl/62opTGX2ZZRdKggj6
Posted: Feb. 23rd. 2021
Performance on streaming, Feb. 27th., 6 p.m. PST
The concert by the The Arkestra will be the first installment of Total Luxury Spa’s new iniciative, The Garden Series. The live stream and Q&A will help raise funds and awareness for The World Stage, in efforts to ensure the survival of one of Los Angeles’ vital Jazz institutions.
Tickets are $5 and go on sale Tue Feb 24 at 4pm PST. All proceeds from ticket sales go to The World Stage. Here is the link to buy tickets: totalluxuryspa.com/garden.
Posted: Sept. 26th. 2020
Tusk Festival 2020 - Virtual
The Arkestra is back to action with a reduced band appearing at Tusk Virtual 2020 Festival. The performance was recorded at a Philadelphia studio, and its streaming will be available at the website of the festival on Sept. 28th. More info at https://tuskfestival.com/
Posted: June 27th. 2020
The Sun Ra Arkestra will release a new cd soon
No title by now, no release date either, but the Sun Ra Arkestra has finished the mastering process for their new cd, and plans are to publish it during the upcoming weeks.
Recorded at Rittenhouse Soundworks studio in Philadelphia some months ago, the cd will be the first studio recording by the band since "A song for the Sun". It will be published by Strut Records.
Strut has released an animated video of "Seductive Fantasy" as an introduction to the cd. "Seductive Fantasy" was first released on the LP "On Jupiter", from 1979. The video has been animated by Chad Van Gaalen, and here it is:
Posted: May 24th. 2020
Happy Birthday, Marshall
May 25th., it's Marshall Allen's Birthday! He arrived to planet Earth 96 years ago, joined the Sun Ra Arkestra in 1958 and leads the band since 1995. With all performances cancelled or postponed due to the coronavirus crisis, he is currently at home waiting for the moment to go on stage again. Happy Birthday, Marshall!
By the way, on May 22nd., Sun Ra would have turned 106. Happy Birthday to you too, Sunny.
Posted: April 17th. 2020
Cancellations & postponements
All the upcoming performances by the Sun Ra Arkestra have been cancelled or postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis, including the European Tour which should have started early May.
Posted: March 25th. 2020
Changes in the schedule due to COVID-19
Several upcoming performances have been postponed or rescheduled due to the COVID-19 world crisis. All April shows are affected. See the ontour page to check how is the situation as of today.
Posted: March 13th. 2020
Danny Ray Thompson has left the planet
Danny Ray Thompson, long time Sun Ra Arkestra member, left the planet on Thursday night March 12, 2020. He was on 72 Arkestra recordings and performed on baritone sax, alto sax, flute, Neptunian libflecto (bassoon with French horn or saxophone mouthpiece), percussion, and vocals within the band.
He performed many years in the Sun Ra Arkestra, first joining it in 1967. He left the band in 1995, and rejoined in 2002. He also served as Band Manager 1981-1989.
The New York Times published a beautiful obituary, you can read it here.
Posted: March 12th. 2020
Changes in the schedule
The performance in Champaign, Il, announced for April 10th. has been suspended. And the performance in Madison, WI, which was announced for April 8th., has been moved to April 10th. As times look complicated during the next weeks, please keep an eye on the ontour page, which is always updated & official.
Posted: February 28th. 2020
More dates in USA & European Tour in May
We have just updated the schedule, adding more dates in USA and the announcement of an European Tour early May. See the ontour page for details.
Posted: January 22nd. 2020
We start adding dates to 2020
There will be another performance near Lake Michigan next April; besides the two already announced shows in Champaign and Chicago, Illinois, we are pleased to announce one more on the other bank of the lake, at the beautiful Lakeside Inn in Lakeside, Michigan. We'll post the ticket link soon.
Posted: November 26th. 2019
First 2020 dates announced
We have just updated our schedule with the last dates for 2019, but also adding the first few for next year, including another European tour in April and May. Take a look into the ontour page for details.
Posted: November 5th. 2019
Performances in Israel cancelled
The Arkestra should play in Haifa, Israel, on November 13th. and 14th., but both performances have been cancelled due to problems of the festival's sponsorship.
Posted: September 11th. 2019
Japan, Brazil & Europe again. Israel in November
The Arkestra will travel the spaceways for a flash visit to Tokyo, Japan, to participate in Shibutaisai festival conmemorating the 30th. anniversary of the japanese band Shibusashirazu. After that, they will play in Philadelphia, PA, before flying to Sao Paulo, Brazil, and then to Europe for a new European Tour. On Nov. 13th. & 14th. they will appear in the Solow Festival in Haifa, Isarael. See the Ontour page for details.
Posted: September 11th. 2019
The Arkestra on Instagram
The band announces their one and only Instagram account, @sunraarkestraofficial
Posted: August 15th. 2019
Three performances in New York in September
Besides the rescheduled performance at Union Pool, Brooklyn, for Septembers 1st., the Arkestra will play in a tribute to Steve Cannon at Flamboyant Theater at the Clemente on Sept. 6th., and at James Cohan Gallery on 16th. Please see the ontour page for details.
Posted: July 7th. 2019
Union Pool rescheduled for Sept. 1st.
The performance at Union Pool, Brooklyn, which was announced for June 16th. and cancelled due to the rainy weather forecast, has been rescheduled for September 1st.
Posted: May 15th. 2019
More dates in USA
While the Sun Ra Arkestra keeps travelling the European spaceways with their tour celebrating Marshall Allen's 95th. birthday and Saun Ra's 105th., we have good news for American fans: we have just announced 3 more performances in USA, two for June and one in September. Please check the ontour page for details.
Posted: May 9th. 2019
News from Europe!
The European tour, named Marshall Allen's 95th. Birthday Tour, keeps visiting cities and countries all across the continent. They have sent this picture shot by German photographer Sibylle Zerr somewhere in (European) space. Click on it for a larger resolution version.
Also, a few other venues have been added to the tour dates, please check the on tour page.
Posted: April 22nd. 2019
European Tour started, more dates added
While The Sun Ra Arkestra has just started the big European Tour in United Kingdom, we have just added new dates in Oslo, Helsinki and Copenhagen. We travel the spaceways!
Posted: March 22nd. 2019
The European Tour keeps taking shape
We are adding more dates to the upcoming European Tour, from April 19th. to June 7th. As far as today, we have already confirmed 28 dates in United Kingdom, Poland, Hungary, Austria, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, The Netherlands & Czech Republic. We'll keep informing!
Posted: February 22nd. 2019
California in July
The Sun Ra Arkestra will be back in California next July, with performances at San Francisco Jazz Center (July 18th.- 21st.) and Zebulon Cafe Concert (22nd. & 23rd.)
Posted: February 12th. 2019
To Newport in August
The band will travel to Newport, Rhode Island, for an appereance at the famous Newport Jazz Festival on August, 2nd.
Posted: January 18th. 2019
The Sun Ra Arkestra will play at the Red Bull Music Festival, Los Angeles, CA
The Red Bull Music Festival has announced its final lineup, with the last minute addition of the Sun Ra Arkestra, to perform on February 20th.
Posted: January 18th. 2019
Announcing the first 2019 European Tour
The Sun Ra Arkestra announces the first European Tour for this year, with performances in April and May. We have 10 confirmed dates by now, but we'll surely add more during the next weeks. Countries include U.K., Belgium, Germany, Austria and Hungary. Please check the ontour page for details.
Posted: November 28th. 2018
First tourdates for 2019
We are proud to announce our first 4 dates for Januray 2019: two in Portland and one in Seattle and Baltimore. Please see the on tour page for details. And keep tuned, we are publishing more very soon! We keep travelling the spaceways (from planet to planet)!
Posted: October 20th. 2018
Atakatune leaves the planet
Stanley Morgan Atakatune, Sun Ra Arkestra Percussionist, has departed the planet on Oct. 17th. 2018. He first joined the band in 1972, touring and recording intensively since then, and appearing in all major recordings by Sun Ra and the Arkestra. He rejoined the band in the 21st. century and appeared in many shows under the direction of Marshall Allen. He will be greatly missed.
Our deepest condolences to all family and friends.
Posted: October 18th. 2018
Nublu Jazz Festival (NY) & Music Box Village (LA) announced
The band announces upcoming performances at the Nublu Jazz Festival, in New York City (November 10th) and Music Box Village, New Orleans, on November 16th. and 17th. These are the posters for both events.
Posted: September 11th. 2018
Halloween performance at Johnny Brenda's & two more shows
Finally, the band will perform their Halloween concert at Johnny Brenda's, Philadelphia, on October 31st. Also, we have added two more upcoming shows at the ontour page, one in Rochester, NY and another one in New York City. See the ontour page for details.
Posted: August 23rd. 2018
The performance at Union Pool rescheduled for Setpt. 1st
The performance at Union Pool, Brooklyn, which was canceled on June 23rd. due to weather conditions, has been rescheduled for September 1st.
Posted: August 6th. 2018
New dates in USA announced
We have just included at our ontour page a bunch of dates for next fall, all in the United States. Check them and see if something is happening close to your place!
Posted: July 11th. 2018
The Arkestra appearing on Strangewaves, Paris, Canada
The band will perform two sets at the upcoming "Strangeways 4: Ever in Paris" festival. Not Paris, France, but Paris, Ontario, Canada. Saturday July 21st. is the date. Many other important names are playing also there, see the complete list at the image.
Posted: Jun 22nd. 2018
Concert in Brooklyn postponed until September
The concert announced in Union Pool, Brooklyn, for June 23rd. has been postponed until September 1st. due to the impending bad weather. Sorry for the inconveniences.
Posted: May 12th. 2018
Free "Space is the Place" at Damrosch Park
As part of the 10th. anniversary of the NYC club "Le Poisson Rouge", the 1974 Afrofuturist film "Space is the Place" wil be screened with the band playing the score live. This free performance will be presented as part of the Lincoln Center Out of Doors 2018, and takes place on Damrosch Park on Wed. August 8th at 6:30pm.
Posted: April 27th. 2018
New dates announced
We have just updated the list of upcoming performances with two more dates in New York, one in Baltimore and another one for the Australian Tour next June. Also 2 performances in Italy and one in Moscow, Russia. See the ontour page for details.
The performance at the Iridium, in New York City, on May 30th. will also be a celebration for the birthdays of Sun Ra, Marshall Allen and Charles Davis.
Posted: March 1st. 2018
Upcoming performances in Australia
The band will be back in Australia next June, performing in Melbourne (on 6th.) and Canberra (on 7th.). More info at the ontour page.
Posted: February 16th. 2018
The Arkestra appearing at Roots Picnic, Philadelphia
Just published on youtube.com, a complete performance by the Sun Ra Arkestra at the Jazz Cafe, London, filmed during their 3 days residence there past June. A great performance, with special guest Shabaka Hutchings. Don't miss it, and don't forget to stop the flash player on the upper frame before :-)
Posted: December 22nd. 2017
First dates for 2018!
We are proud to announce the first confirmed dates for year 2018. Please take a look at the on tour page, and see if there is a performance close to your town. And have a Cosmic New Year!
Posted: December 22nd. 2017
Performance in benefit of Doctors without Borders
It hadn't been previously announced (one of these last minute decissions), but the Sun Ra Arkestra played past Dec. 19th in New York City, Bowery Ballroom, with Yo La Tengo, Jon Glaser and DJ Gaylor Fields, in a performance in benefit of the organisation Doctors Without Borders, awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999, and which makes such an important job all across the world.
Posted: December 12th. 2017
New Year's Eve in Chicago
The Sun Ra Arkestra will start 2018 at Constellation, Chicago, where they are playing two days (Dec. 30th & 31st.), two sets per day. More info at the tourdates page.
Posted: November 15th. 2017
Back from Europe, back in Philadelphia
Just arrived from the Netherlands, where the last European tour ended, the band announces a performance in Philadelphia for Nov. 25th. See the on tour page for details...
Posted: September 12th. 2017 - Updated Oct. 16th
Next European Tour dates announced
We have already the dates and venues for the next European Tour of the Sun Ra Arkestra, which will take the band to United Kingdom, Italy, Switzerland, Turkey, Greece, Germany and The Netherlands between Oct. 27th. and Nov. 12th. A performance in Staten Island on Oct. 21st. has been announced as well. All the info at the tourdates page.
Posted: September 1st. 2017
Performances with Solange
The Sun Ra Arkestra is appearing with Solange in Boston, Washington and New York City, for a performance called "Orion's Rise". Check dates and get more info at the tourdates page.
Posted: July 24th. 2017
Dates in USA!
Finished the last European tour, and after performing in Philadelphia yesterday, tha band announces more dates for this Summer and Autumn in the United States. See the ontour page for details!
In addition to the previously announced dates for the current European Tour, the band will perform also in the Italian city of Finale Ligure, more or less half-way between Genova and Nice. It will be an open air event, with free admission.
Posted: May 3rd. 2017
New tourdates added
We have just added to our tourdates page an upcoming performance in Philadelphia, PA, for May 20th., as well as a new European tour which will take place on the last days of June and the first days of July. The band is now visiting U.K., The Netherlands, Germany, Montenegro, France and Finland. Always travelling the spaceways!
Posted: January 12th. 2017
First tourdates for 2017
With the new year just begun, The Sun Ra Arkestra announces the first European Tour for 2017. As today, the list includes performances in Belgium, The Netherlands, United Kingdom and Italy, though it could be expanded from now on. Please check the ontour page for details.
Posted: December 6th 2016
Hartmut Geerken, guest in Munich
The band ended the recent European Tour with a performance in Munich, Germany. Hartmut Geerken, longtime friend of Sun Ra and the Arkestra and author of the book "Omniverse Sun Ra" was invited to join the Arkestra on stage and play the "solar sun harp" which Sun Ra gave to him in a visit to Egypt. Photo: Johanna da Luz. Click on the image for a larger picture.
Posted: November 24th 2016
Nublu Jazz Festival
The Sun Ra Arkestra will perform two sets at the upcoming Nublu Jazz Festival in New York City. December 9th., 10 pm and midnight. Info and tickets at http://www.nublu.net
Posted: November 16th 2016
The Arkestra begins a new European Tour
The Sun Ra Arkestra plays in Washington, DC on Nov. 19th. before leaving for Europe again. This time, they are playing in Uk, Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany. Please check the tourdates page for details.
Posted: July 26th. 2016
Charles Davis leaves the planet
Jazz giant Charles Davis, tenor and baritone saxophonist, left the planet on July 15th. He was 83.
Born in Goodman, Mississippi, during his more than 60 years of career, Charles composed, recorded and taught music, and on his performing side he played with nearly all the main jazz musicians.
Charles first entered the Arkestra in 1955, and played in such important Sun Ra early recordings as "Jazz in Silhouette", "Supersonic Jazz" or "Sound Sun Pleasure". After some years in the Arkestra, he left to continue his own career, appearing in near 100 recordings, 8 under his own name. He came back during the last years of Sun Ra (1989-1990), touring and playing in "Pleiades" and "Friendly Galaxy". In all these recordings, he played only baritone. And around 2000, he came back to the Arkestra directed by Marshall Allen to play tenor.
A memorial will be held at Saint Peter’s Church in New York City on September 24, 2016. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to support the mission of Jazzmobile: to Present, Preserve, Promote and Propagate JAZZ.
A beautiful photo shot by Drew Anthony Smith taken at the Pitchfork Festival on July 17th. has been included on the slideshow "Street Style: Pitchfork Music Festival", at the Style section of the New York Times. Here is the link to the complete slideshow.
Posted June 28th. 2016
Dates in Europe & USA added to the tour schedule
We have just updated the on tour page adding new dates in Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom and USA for the next two months. Tha band is still arranging other performances, so keep connected!
Posted May 2nd. 2016
Two dates in London added to upcoming European Tour
While the band flies for Japan, where they are performing on 2016 "Worldwide Session" next May 4th., we are proud to announce that the next tour will include two days in London, May 14th. and 15th., at Passing Clouds, 1 Richmond Road, at the heart of Hackney.
Posted April 18th. 2016
With Jerry Gonzalez in Madrid
Latin Jazz celebrity Jerry Gonzalez attended the Arkestra's performance in Madrid and was talking with Marshall & other members of the band before the concert. As Danny Thompson's baritone hadn't arrived in time, he provided another one so Discipline-27 could sound as always. Thanks, Jerry!
April 14th. 2016 - New dates announced
We have just updated our "on Tour" page with new dates, including a second European Tour in May and some other performances in USA. Don't miss them!
March 16th. 2016.
The Sun Ra Arkestra announces a surprise performance in Austin, Texas for March 18th.
March 16th. 2016. Here is a flyer for the upcoming performance in Worldwide Session in Japan
February 23rd. 2016 - European Tour announced for April, as well as other dates in USA & Japan
You may find at the Ontour page the list of performances confirmed by now for the 60th. Anniversary Tour. A second tour in May will be announced soon.
November 29th. First dates for 2016 already announced
The Sun Ra Arkestra is proud to open the 2016 tab at the ontour page with the first 5 performances confirmed for 2016, all in USA by now. Many more will be added soon...
November 27th. The Arkestra appearing on the Sixth Annual Nublu Jazz Festival
The Sun Ra Arkestra will perform at Nublu, New York City, next Dec. 5th. at the Nublu Jazz Festival.
October 1st. Two dates in U.K. announced for end of October
The Sun Ra Arkestra will perform two shows in Cafe Oto, London, in October 24th. and in Nottingham in October 25th. See the ontour page for details.
August 28th. 2015 - New Dates in USA announced
We have just updated our "On Tour" page adding new dates in Richmond, New York City, Philadelphia & Rochester. Please note also that the performance first announced for Sept. 11th. in Baltimore has moved to Oct. 9th.
July 19th. 2015 - New European Tour announced for August
At the "On Tour" page, you may find the complete list of performances all across Europe just confirmed for next month, as well as a new performance in Cleveland for November.
May 30th. 2015 - New tourdates confirmed
We have just updated the "on tour" page announcing new performances in United Kingdom, New York and Philadelphia. Don't miss them.
May 21st. 2015 - Celebration performance
The Sun Ra Arkestra will celebrate the arrivals on Earth of Sun Ra and Maestro Marshall Allen with a performance in Ardmore Music Hall, Ardmore, PA. Come and join us!
April 20th. New upcoming performances announced
We have just added to our "on tour" page several performances in USA & Europe for the next months, and many more will be announced very soon. Stay tuned!
January 11th. First dates for 2015 announced!
2014, year of Sun Ra's centennary, was one of the most intense for the Sun Ra Arkestra so far, visiting many countries and playing in all continents except Africa and Antarctica. After a few weeks break, the band starts 2015 touring again with a performance in New York City at the end of January, and their first visit to Europe in mid-March. See the "on tour" page for details.
November 29th. New Year's Eve performance in Chicago announced.
While the band is returning to USA from their recent tour in Europe, a performance in Constellation, Chicago, is announced for New Year's Eve. See the "On Tour" page for more info.
October 25th. An essay about Sun Ra by writer Stefany Anne Golberg
We are proud to include in our website, in the page about Sun Ra and with the author's permission, a beautiful and philosophical essay by Stefany Anne Golberg, first appeared in May for Sun Ra's Centennial in "The Smart Set", an online magazine from Drexel University. She has made some corrections from the original text specially for our website. Thanks, Stefany Anne!
October 25th. New European Tour announced for the last days of November
The band will fly to Europe again in November, for a short tour with 3 dates in London, 1 in Denmark and 2 more in Poland. See the ontour page for details.
October 17th. Tribute to John Ore in New York City on Oct. 20th
John Ore, who began playing bass with the Sun Ra Arkestra in 1961 and had been sporadically playing with the band since then, left the planet past August. There will be a Memorial Tribute in New York City next monday, where members of the Arkestra are supposed to be. Saint Peter's Church, 619 Lexington Avenue, at 54th. Street. 6:30 pm.
October 17th. New peformance dates for the last part of 2014
After a few weeks break, the Sun Ra Arkestra returns to the stage with a Halloween performance in Washington, DC. A new date at Nublu, in New York City's East Village, has been also announced for the beginning of December. See the On Tour Page. There will be soon news about a new visit to Europe, surely at the end of November. Stay tuned!
August 8th. Final Schedule for the upcoming European Tour
The band is ready to fly again for Europe to start their third European Tour in 2014. Check the dates at our "on tour" page.
August 3rd. A new video added to the multimedia page
It's been published at Youtube the video recording of the Arkestra's recent performance in Lugano, July 11th. Great quality of image and sound. If you have missed this past tour with the extended lineup, you have a chance to watch an entire concert at our multimedia page.
July 22nd. - Photo Gallery from Ljubljana and Cerkno
Slovenian photographer Petra Cvelbar has published on her website a beautiful gallery with black & white pictures shot during the recent performances of the Arkestra in Ljubljana and Cerkno, July 18th. and 19th. Worth of a visit:
July 17th. - Audio streaming of Primavera Sound Festival
The band keeps touring Europe with the extended line up, and in the meanwhile, rbmradio.com makes available for all audiences the audio of the concert in Barcelona, past May 29th., during the Primavera Sound Festival. You can listen to it at
While the band flies to Europe for their next European tour with the extended lineup, we are proud to link with British photographer Gerald Jenkins' website, where there is a beautiful gallery of photos taken during the recent visit to U.K. You can watch them under the music section at
July 3rd. - BBC recording session available on line
Two weeks after the Arkestra's recording session at the BBC studios in U.K., the complete session can be listened at BBC's website, along with several videos of the same event. It can be available only for a few days. Don't miss it!
June 24th. - Two fragments from the film "A Joyful Noise" availables on our site
Robert Mugge, director of the 1980 film "A Joyful Noise", the best documentary about Sun Ra ever filmed, has authorized our wbsite to show two long excerpts from his film, that you can watch at our multimedia page. Enjoy! Thanks, Robert!
June 2nd. - More dates for the current European Tour
The Sun Ra Arkestra announces 4 more performances in London for June 16-17 & 25-26, at Cafe Oto.
May 25th - Marshall Allen's birthday
Marshall Allen, director of the Sun Ra Arkestra, turned 90 on May 25th. The celebration was of the kind he likes, with a performance in Kassel, Germany. But after the show, the band shared with him this specially made cake:
May 22nd - Today is Sun Ra's Centennial... and we announce new dates for July
Coinciding with such an special date as today, a century ago from Sun Ra's arrival to our planet, we are pleased to announce a second European Tour for July. Please see the tourdates page to check if any is close to your earthly place.
In this case, the band will be renamed as "Sun Ra Centennial Dream Arkestra", and will be expanded to a total of 22 musicians and 2 dancers.
May 20th - Countdown for Sun Ra's Centennial
Just two days for the Centennial of Sun Ra's arrival to this planet! The Arkestra keeps performing across Europe. On May 22nd., Sun Ra's Centennial, they will perform in Zurich, Switzerland. On May 25th., Marshall Allen's 90th. birthday, they are appearing in Kassel, Germany.
Among the many celebrations for these dates, we recommend two radio broadcasts, both available through the web:
Charles Blass does a total of 12 hours of Sun Ra radio in a two part program broadcast live from Zurich, Switzerland.
Monday, May 19, 2014 - 6:00 pm - 12:00 am (midnight) EST
Saturday, June 7, 2014 - 6:00 pm - 12:00 am (midnight) EST
Sun Ra Omniversal Arrival Centennial - Sun Radio
LORA-FM, 97.5 FM, Zurich, Switzerland
May 3rd - Final (?) schedule for the Sun Ra Arkestra "Jubilee Tour" across Europe
We are pleased to announce the (by now) final list of upcoming performances in Europe during the Jubilee Tour, from May 17th. to June 27th. It's a long time since the band did such a long European tour, covering many countries and different kind of venues. Please see the tourdates page to find a performance close to your location. There is one for sure!
May 3rd - All about Jazz's review of the Arkestra's performance at the Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia
Victor L. Schermer, from All about Jazz, one of the most (if not the most) important websites about jazz, writes a great review of this recent performance. Worth of reading at this link