Sun Ra And His Arkestra: Points On A Space Age

18/05/2009
  |  Buy to Own: 18/05/2009
  |  49 min
Rated TBC by the BBFC
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Synopsis

Documentary looking at the work of experimental jazz band the Arkestra, which was founded in the mid-1950s by musician, philosopher, and spiritualist Sun Ra. The musicians in the band were more than simply band members: they were also disciples, students and companions to their guru leader. All band members where required to learn the philosophy of Ra, and many of them lived with him. It was common for the band to practice for eight hours at a stretch, only breaking for teachings, before going out to play a gig. The band continued in this manner for some 30 years until Sun Ra 'left the planet' in 1993. The band is now under the direction of saxophonist Marshall Allen.