Harlem Stage

Honoring late icon & visionary Sun Ra

Harlem Stage is the performing arts center that bridges Harlem’s cultural legacy to contemporary artists of color and dares to provide the artistic freedom that gives birth to new ideas. Harlem Stage is thrilled to partner with Bryant Park, NYC Parks, and Jazzmobile to present Craig Harris’ Nocturnal Nubian Ball For the Conscientious Ballers and Cultural Shot Callers.

A mashup of intricate melodies, harmonies and rhythms, Craig Harris’ Nocturnal Nubian Ball for Conscientious Ballers and Cultural Shot Callers honors the music, influence, and teachings of the late icon and visionary artist, Sun Ra, and pays tribute to Marshall Allen, an original member of the Sun Ra Arkestra who has led the Arkestra since 1993. It is the culmination of Harlem Stage’s WaterWorks commissioned Afrofuturism series that launched in 2019 as a citywide, multi-venue (Harlem Stage, Park Avenue Armory, Metropolitan Museum of Art) celebration of Sun Ra’s legacy.

Craig Harris, who started working with Sun Ra in 1976 (and is a former member of the band), has embraced many of Sun Ra’s concepts and performance methodologies in his own accomplished body of work. Harris’ ‘Nation of Imagination’ ensemble will feature up to 12 mesmerizing, improvising musicians, who will create what Harris describes as an “audio sanctuary for the thirsty ear” and deliver a musical tribute like no other “honoring the influence of Sun Ra and the spirit of artists everywhere who have always strived for freedom and experimentation in all aspects of life.”

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