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Sun Ra and Moondog

What: An evening of music by visionary composers Sun Ra and Moondog

When:  Thursday 11th November (provisional), 19:30

Where: Bristol Beacon

Tickets: (coming soon)

The Fantasy Orchestra perform a selection of music by two cosmic artists: Sun Ra and Moondog.

Sun Ra, who claimed to have been born on the planet Saturn led a free jazz big band known for its innovative instrumentation and the theatricality of its performances. His widely eclectic and avant-garde music echoed the entire history of jazz, from ragtime and early New Orleans hot jazz, to swing music, bebop, free jazz and fusion. His compositions ranged from keyboard solos to works for big bands of over 30 musicians, along with electronic excursions, songs, chants, percussion pieces, and anthems.

Moondog was an American musician, composer, theoretician, poet and inventor. He is well known for his Viking costume playing home-made instruments on the streets of New York and respected by the likes of Charlie Parker and Stravisnsky. Largely self-taught as a composer, his work drew inspiration from jazz, Classical, native American music, and was strongly rhythmic and contrapuntal, in some ways anticipating the minimalism of Steve Reich and Philip Glass.

This will be at the newly re-opened (and renamed) Bristol Beacon!

For more information see the the Facebook event.

A Moon Shaped Fantasy Orchestra at Union Chapel (London)

What: Another chance to see Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool in full!

When: (Was Saturday 11th April 2021) (Rescheduled from 2020)

Where: Union Chapel, London (N1 2UN)

Tickets:  TBC

Note: this even was originally scheduled for 2020 but has been postponed by a year, for obvious reasons (so the date on the poster is slightly wrong).

After the orchestra’s  sold out concert at St George’s last November, here is another chance to see a performance of Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool in full; plus the “Exotica, Electronica and the Retro Futuists” set featuring the likes of Tortoise, Prokofiev, Aphex Twin and Duke Ellington.

See also the Facebook event.