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Arkestry of the Cosmos: The Universe Language of Sun Ra

When: February 9-April 27, 2013
Opening Reception & Concert: February 9, 3-6pm

Location: The William Grant Still Arts Center

Art, archives, and interviews on Sun Ra, members of The “Ark” and their quest to expand minds, music, and souls through musical experimentation for over a half-century.

The exhibition features a collection of local, national, international, and intergalactic archives, including rare photographs, videos, articles, complete vinyl discography (33 1/3s, 45s, and 78s), and original posters. Original artwork by Ramses, Ulysses Jenkins, and Aise Bourne will also be on exhibit, influenced or directly inspired by Sun Ra.

The music of Sun Ra is also being presented in conjunction with the Department of Cultural Affairs African-American Heritage Music Education Program, sponsored in part by Music LA. The William Grant Still Arts Center focuses on teaching music and cultural history through practice and playing experience via the works of groundbreaking musical innovators in the tradition of the Arts Center’s namesake, Dr. William Grant Still, to beginning and intermediate students of all ages.

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A special one-time performance of two former members of The Arkestra Derf Reklaw (percussion) and Dale Williams (guitar), playing along with Dwight Trible (vocals), Edwin Livingston (bass) and Marcus Miller (drums).

Culminating Youth Concert:
Saturday, April 20 – FREE!

A culminating youth and community concert will take place, featuring compositions influenced by students learning of music through the work Sun Ra, will take place on April 20, 2013 at Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church, across the street from William Grant Still Arts Center.

Location: The William Grant Still Arts Center
Address: 2520 S. West View Street, Los Angeles, CA 90016
Phone: 323-734-1165
Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 12Noon-5pm

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