Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Sun Ra Meets John Cage (1986)

John Cage Meets Sun Ra

Sun Ra: various compositions or improvisations
John Cage: excerpts from Empty Words (part IV) (1974-75), read as interludes
Side 1: 21'23". Side 2: 22'19"

Sun Ra improvising on the Yamaha DX7 synthesizer. Empty Words IV performed by John Cage, voice.

Recorded live in concert: June 8, 1986 at Coney Island, N.Y.
LP released in 1987

These are unedited segments of the historic concert that was part of the "Sideshows by the Seashore" held on June 8, 1986 in Coney Island, NY. Improvisations and songs by Sun Ra and Cage's indeterminate performance vocals based on strict composition methods are contrasted and find a common meeting ground as, toward the end of the session, they play together. Fascinating and in genuine communal spirit.
~ "Blue" Gene Tyranny, All Music Guide

The complete recording of this LP can be heard (as mp3) via the following links: side 1 and side 2

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