Sun Ra Orchestra

School of Jazz & Contemp Music: Performance

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Majors Only

Sun Ra Orchestra

Spring 2023

Taught By: Ahmed Abdullah

Section: A

CRN: 11549

Credits: 2

For years the music of Sun Ra was only available to those brave enough to spend time in his Arkestra. A master composer, arranger, bandleader and pianist, Sun Ra's works are overdue for critical attention by music students. Sun Ra compositions give students a range of challenges with music of odd intervals covering territory from ballads to swing and beyond. In the Sun Ra Ensemble class, compositions are rehearsed in a very unusual big band format. They are presented in a unique style, which offers an understanding of the philosophical underpinnings that gave rise to the music. His lyrics, speaking of space travel and a planet without cemeteries, will challenge students to expand their horizons and understanding of art music. The multi-disciplinary vision that combines poetry, music, and dance with lyrics, characteristic of the Sun Ra legacy, will be afforded opportunity to develop within this ensemble class.

By audition, at the instructor's discretion.

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College: School of Jazz & Contemp Music (JZ)

Department: Performance (JPER)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Studio (S)

Modality: Hybrid

Max Enrollment: 10

Add/Drop Deadline: N/A
Online Withdrawal Deadline: N/A

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 8:10am 8/14/2022 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 7:00pm - 8:50pm

Building: Online Course

Room: 999

Date Range: 1/25/2023 - 5/10/2023

Days: Wednesday

Times: 7:00pm - 8:50pm

Building: Arnhold Hall 55 W13th

Room: 613

Date Range: 1/25/2023 - 5/10/2023