Cinema Soloriens and the Cosmo-Drama
Experimental Films by James Harrar and special screenings of rare films featuring Sun Ra and His Arkestra PLUS live musical accompaniment by Marshall Allen, Leader of The Sun Ra Arkestra and James Harrar.
MARSHALL ALLEN (OF THE SUN RA ARKESTRA) (Louisville, Kentucky USA)*
This not to be missed special film program consists of experimental shorts by Harrar and classic films featuring Sun Ra and His Arkestra from the late 60's and early 70's, rarely seen publicly, restored and preserved by Harrar. About the program: Wittness Marshall Allen leader of The Sun Ra Arkestra, James Harrar, Ed Wilcox (Temple of Bon Matin) perform live on stage! Please picture Andrei Tarkovski blended with Sergei Parajdanov, think of saints and peacocks in artful mosaics, slow, moving images, fixed camara viewpoints and processed images. Hear a superb ensemble, great masters of their crafts, play complex music resembling more along Sun Ra recordings like The Magic City and Strange Strings, sounds that are passionate, driving, haunting, nothing of the sort you could humm on your way home, but all the more powerfull and liberating. One long composition and then, at last, artfully deconstructed Space Chants to celebrate Sun Ra and his legacy. MARSHALL ALLEN (OF THE SUN RA ARKESTRA) (Louisville, Kentucky USA) * During the mid-1950's, Marshall Allen met Sun Ra and became a devoted student of his musical cosmology. After joining the Sun Ra Arkestra in 1958, Marshall Allen led Sun Ra's reed section for over 40 years. He is featured on over 200 Sun Ra releases, while appearing as special guest soloist in concert and on recordings with diverse groups such as NRBQ, Phish, Sonic Youth, and Medeski, Martin & Wood. Allen assumed the helm of the Sun Ra Arkestra in 1995 after the ascension of Sun Ra in 1993 and John Gilmore in 1995. Marshall Allen plays the alto saxophone, flute, clarinet, oboe, kora and E.V.I. (Electronic Valve Instrument). JAMES HARRAR (Douglasville, Georgia Verenigde Staten) * James Harrar has been crafting densely lyrical film-poems Since the late 1980â€™s exhibiting at prestigious venues all over the world such as the Museum of Modern Art, Anthology Film Archives, The Andy Warhol Museum and Yamaguchi Center for Art & Media to name a few. His films are personal in a very direct and explicit sense. In an intimate form, Harrar attempts to imprint thoughts, dreams and conceptual ideas onto the open-minded viewer while examining the possibilities of perception. Throughout his career, Harrar has tried to give the viewer new visual experiences while challenging fixed notions of filmic language and individual seeing. Since 1995 James has been collaborating with Marshall Allen, creating live music to Harrarâ€™s silent films. Marshall Allen explores sound in much the same manner that Harrar attempts to explore the moving image. Together they complete a creative cycle similar in tradition with the 17th century alchemical opus.