Thursday, April 10, 2014

Studio d'Improvisation presents l'unvers de Sun Ra!
Saturdays from 2pm-4pm at Casa Obscura 
april 26 and may 3+10
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Come explore the musical universe of Sun Ra in celebration of the 100th anniversary of his birth! Nicolas Caloia knows the subject well, with a huge collection of Ra's compositions and many years of experience performing them. He'll be joining forces with SIM director Ellwood Epps in guiding a 3-week workshop exploring Sun Ra's universal music as a path for improvisation.

In 2010 Nicolas and Ellwood had the pleasure of playing with Marshall Allen, member of the Sun Ra Arkestra since the 50's and its leader since Ra's death in 1993. They will be joining Marshall again on May 15 at the FIMAV festival along with the Ratchet Orchestra, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Sun Ra's birth, and Marshall's 90th.

In the workshop we will work with Sun Ra's music, both on paper, and as pure sound. We'll be arranging the music specially for the participants, and combining it with our own improvisations to create a new universe of sound. Come travel the spaceways with us in this unique opportunity!!

About Sun Ra, Nicolas, and Ellwood:

Sun Ra stands as one of the most important musical figures of the past 100 years. His Arkestra began in the 50's and is still performing today. His musical universe was immense, linking the early days of jazz big bands, pioneering work with synthesizers, and multidisciplinary performances including dance and lavish space costumes. Many great jazz musicians worked with Ra, including Don Cherry, Coleman Hawkins, and Pharoah Sanders. His work as a thinker is important, linking the culture of ancient Egypt and the mythology of outer space into a new way of envisioning contemporary experience.

Nicolas Caloia is a bassist and composer, and leader of the Ratchet Orchestra since the mid 90's. Ratchet has been performing Sun Ra's music since a 1998 tribute on Ra's birthday, and has released 4 recordings combining Caloia's and Sun Ra's

Ellwood Epps is a trumpet player and the director of the Studio d'Improvisation de Montréal since 2009. He has performed across Canada and the US, and is active as the director of l'Envers since

The workshop is open to musicians of all levels and experiences. Reading or jazz skills are not necessary.The workshop will be given in French and English, depending on the needs of participants. The cost is $80.
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