"Sun Ra Returns", Thursday, May 3rd at 1PM at PS3
PS 3, The Bedford Village School, located at 50 Jefferson Avenue (between Bedford and Franklin avenues) in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn and The Shadow Box Theatre (SBT), a fifty year old Musical Puppet Theatre announce a collaborative one-time only performance of a unique theatrical event on Thursday,May 3rd at 1PM until 2:30pm at PS 3’s auditorium.
"Sun Ra Returns", is a synergistic Jazz puppet opera, originally conceived by former Sun Ra Arkestra trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah, who currently teaches music at PS 3 and the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and internationally acclaimed visual artist Tine Kindermann. The production combines tenets of PS 3's school wide Leadership program, "The Leader in Me,” Stephen Covey's innovative Seven Habits of Highly Effective People repackaged for public and private schools, along with the futuristic lyrics and music of Sun Ra expressed through a different new medium, a puppet opera. This science fiction epic takes the audience to Saturn, back to planet Earth and then to Saturn again.
Ahmed Abdullah, a trumpeter who worked with Sun Ra for a span of 22 years and who has led his own bands since 1972, has organized the music and will lead an ensemble comprised of PS 3 students and New School students. The Teaching Artists involved with this year’ production are Choreographer Mickey Davidson, who worked with both Sun Ra and the recently deceased Cecil Taylor and puppet creator Cathy Shaw.
This production, coordinated by Carol Prud'homme Davis, SBT Managing/ArtsEd Director and Ahmed Abdullah, and facilitated by Principal Kristina Beecher and Dean Keller Coker, includes all of the disciplines of the arts: music, poetry, dance, visual arts and theater, and provides a rare opportunity for elementary school students to work with college students., as well as professional musicians.
Sistas' Place 22nd Season Events:
Sistas' Place, 456 Nostrand Avenue, at the corner of Jefferson Avenue, where Jazz: A Music of the Spirit Lives and Culture is our Weapon, continues its 22nd season with the music of Resistance, Resilience and Resurgence.
On Saturday, March 3rd at 9 and 10:30pm we begin our Women's History Month Celebration with vocalists Stephanie Bates, Patsy Grant and Joy F. Brown in a special event called Three Women and Their Music, which also features narrations by Eric Frazier and the rhythm section of pianist Sharp Radway, bassist Greg Maker and drummer George Gray.
Three Women and Their Music is an original approach conceived by Stephanie Bates that provides an historical framework for the work of women in the music beginning with the Blues, moving into Jazz and leading into Rhythm and Blues.
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Music of the Spirit will sustain you through the challenging times we are experiencing.
Saturday, September 23 Chico Freeman Quartet/Equinox/ Plays the Music of John Coltrane
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