TONE Festival / Sun Ra Arkestra, Tender Buttons
TONE concludes on June 28 at the Great Hall as part of the interplanetary journey of the Sun Ra Arkestra. The Arkestra builds on an omnipotent lineage that infuses their big band sound described as “congregations of spontaneous harmony” (The Guardian). Maestro Marshall Allen, who joined the Arkestra in 1960, connects the current ensemble members to founder Sun Ra. While unable to tour with the group, Allen helps to extrapolate Sun Ra’s spiritual and sonic trajectories that give rise to their revelatory performances.