Sun Ra Arkestra

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Sun Ra Arkestra

  • Sunday
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    6:25pm
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    Field Stage

"A covenant of Arkestra, it's like a selective service of God. Picking out some people. Arkestra has a 'ra' at the beginning and the end. Ra can be written as 'Ar' or 'Ra,' and on both ends of the word it is an equation: the first and the last are equal…. In the middle there is 'kest,' which equals 'kist,' as in 'Sunkist'…I read that in Sanskrit 'kist' means 'sun's gleam.' This is why I called my orchestra 'Arkestra'. Besides, that's the way black people say 'orchestra.'"- Sun Ra "People have a lot more of the unknown than the known in their minds. The unknown is great; it's like the darkness. Nobody made that. It just happens. Light and all that — someone made that; it's written that they did. But nobody made the darkness. My music is about dark tradition. Dark tradition means a lot more about than black tradition. There's a lot of division in what they call black. I'm not into division. I'm into coordination, discipline and tradition." - Sun Ra