A Year in the Sun (Ra in 2001)

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A Year in the Sun (Ra in 2001)

December 16, 2000 For Immediate Release

Contact: Richard Paske 651.646.4365 rpaske@bitstream.net http://www.kfai.org/programs/frsh_ear.htm

                  A Year in the Sun (Ra in 2001)

On Tuesday, January 3, 2001, KFAI's "Fresh Ears" will inaugurate a monthly celebration of the music and life of visionary composer, band leader, keyboardist, and philosopher Sun Ra. On the first Tuesday of every month during the year 2001 host Richard Paske will devote the entirety of "Fresh Ears" to the music of this most provocative and iconoclastic African-American artist. In February, 2001, Paske's focus on Sun Ra will expand to each Tuesday of the month during his annual Black History Month special, this year entitled "Space is the Place: The Cosmic ArchitecSonics of Sun Ra." (Details on this month-long special will follow in a future press release). "Fresh Ears" airs Tuesdays from 10:30 PM until Midnight CST on KFAI, 90.3 FM in Minneapolis, 106.7 FM in St. Paul, and at www.kfai.org on the world wide web.

Born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1914, Herman Poole "Sonny" Blount's life in music took him from the segregated dance halls of the American South to the jazz clubs of Chicago and New York to the concert halls and festivals of Europe and Japan. Along the way, especially after changing his name legally to Le Sony'r Ra in 1952, he emerged as one of a handful of innovators who transformed the language of jazz from swing to bop to free in the 1950's and 60's. He was the first jazz musician to play an electric piano (1956) and the second to play synthesizer (1969). He was among the first to produce and release recordings on his own label. He led the way in weaving complex African rhythms played on handheld instruments into the fabric of jazz. His stage shows are the stuff of legend, complete with wildly inventive costumes, dramatic lighting, projections, dancers, and often gleeful audience participation. His performances offered non-stop musical revelry which careened from faithful renditions of charts he arranged while a member of Fletcher Henderson's swing orchestra to the squalling cacophony of the freest free jazz.. No one who saw Sun Ra live is likely to forget the experience. By the time of his death in 1993 his music, concert presentation, philosophy, and independent spirit had influenced some of the most creative musicians of subsequent generations, from John Coltrane to the Art Ensemble of Chicago to Earth, Wind, and Fire.

Sun Ra left a legacy of recorded music unparalleled in the history of jazz. From the mid-50's on he recorded constantly - rehearsals in his living room, live gigs wherever they might be, studio sessions whenever funds allowed (one session in 1960 lasted all day and resulted in 30 - 40 separate tracks). Many of these recordings were released on his El Saturn label and sold directly to the public at gigs. In 1991 Jerry Gordon's Evidence Records began re-releasing on CD many of the Saturn recordings. As of 2000, 21 of these recordings spanning the years 1953 to 1978 have re-emerged. This body of work represents the evolution of a brilliant musical mind over one of the most tumultuous 25-year periods in American cultural history. "A Year in the Sun (Ra in 2001)" will focus on these recordings along with recordings on other labels such as Delmark, ESP, Savoy, and BYG.

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