The Sun Ra/El Saturn Collection

The Sun Ra/El Saturn Collection consists of approximately 700 tapes dating from the 1950s-1980s that represent the work of iconoclastic composer and bandleader Sun Ra.  ESS has been awarded a 3-year grant from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation to preserve and interpret this important and unique collection.  The recordings provide a unique documentation of Sun Ra's creative process, including his work with the Arkestra and its offshoots, vocal groups in Chicago, legendary trumpeter/composer Hobart Dotson, and African percussionists in New York. The collection consists of rehearsal tapes, recordings of live concerts, home recordings of sketches and experiments, and master tapes of material likely intended for commercial release. A number of tapes include lectures and recitations by Ra of original unpublished texts, which offer rare insight into his unique philosophy and a broader context for his musical ideas.

 

SunRa_Excerpt by Experimental Sound Studio

 

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