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A one-hour documentary, restored from the original 16mm film, by Robert Mugge who spent two years shooting Sun Ra and the Arkestra in performance in Baltimore and Philadelpha, including interviews with band members, a rehearsal, and a solo keyboard performance.

Sun Ra
Joyful Noise [BLU-RAY]

Sun Ra: Joyful Noise [BLU-RAY] (MVD)

Label: MVD    
Released in: USA    

"Years ahead of his time, composer, keyboard player, bandleader, poet, and philosopher Sun Ra coupled images of outer space with those of ancient Egypt, acoustic instruments with electronic ones, and modern American musical genres (jazz, soul, gospel, blues, swing) with the sounds of Africa and the Caribbean. He also combined his music with dance, poetry, colorful costumes and backdrops, and pure theatricality, influencing other innovative musical ensembles as diverse as the Art Ensemble of Chicago, George Clinton's Parliament Funkadelic, and Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention, and he was among the first musicians to use electronic keyboards and portable synthesizers in public performance.

For his one-hour documentary, Sun Ra: A Joyful Noise, Robert Mugge spent two years shooting Sun Ra and members of his so-called jazz Arkestra in a wide variety of situations. Ensemble performances were filmed at Baltimore's Famous Ballroom, at Danny's Hollywood Palace in Philadelphia, and on the roof of Philadelphia's International House on the edge of the campus of the University of Pennsylvania.

Sun Ra's poetry and mythological pronouncements were filmed in the Egyptian Room of the University of Pennsylvania's anthropology museum, in a sculpture garden in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park, in front of the White House in Washington, D.C., and inside and outside of the house he shared with key band members in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. Interviews with band members were filmed inside and outside of the house, as well as inside their nearby Pharaoh's Den food store, and a band rehearsal and a solo keyboard performance were filmed in the house as well. Transferred to HD from the original 16mm film and lovingly restored for the best possible viewing experience."-MVD

Includes extended audio versions of performances from the film.

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Includes extended audio versions of performances from the film.

UPC: 760137750291

Label: MVD
Catalog ID: MVD 7502BR
Squidco Product Code: 21548

Format: BluRay
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: USA
Packaging: Blu-Ray Case

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