Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville
15 au 18 mai 2014
Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville

Thursday May 15, 2014 - 10 pm

$36

Colisée A
400 boul. Jutras Est

THE RATCHET ORCHESTRA with MARSHALL ALLEN

« Sun Ra @ 100 »

Quebec, Canada, USA

WORLD PREMIERE



Marshall Allen : saxophone alto, flûte, evi
Lori Freedman : clarinettes, wx7
Ida Toninato : basson, saxophone baryton
Damian Nisenson : saxophone soprano
Yves Charuest : saxophone alto
Jason Sharp : saxophone basse, flûte
Ellwood Epps : trompette
Jacques Gravel : trombone
Scott Thomson : trombone
Joshua Zubot : violon
Guido Del Fabbro : violon, flûte à bec
James Annett : violon alto
Chris Burns : guitare
Guillaume Dostaler : piano, synthétiseurs
Ken Doolittle : percussion
Michel Bonneau : percussion
John Heward : batterie
Isaiah Ceccarelli : batterie
Nicolas Caloia : contrebasse, maxikorg, arrangements

Sun Ra would have turned 100 years old on May 24, 2014. We will celebrate this anniversary with THE RATCHET ORCHESTRA and a special program composed and inspired by this interstellar musician, plus a special guest: the Arkestra’s cosmonaut-in-chief! 

The RATCHET has travelled a long way since its beginnings as a Sun Ra’s Arkestra tribute band, as testified by their commanding performance at FIMAV in 2011 and the release of a sure-footed second album, Hemlock. This time around, doublebassist / leader NICOLAS CALOIA will be presenting two long-form pieces: a new composition of his own, a FIMAV’s commission, in homage to the master, and his own arrangement of Sun Ra’s “Sunology: A Suite of Philosophical Sounds” (1956), never performed live in its entirety – a rarity of cosmic proportions!

The 19-piece ensemble will be joined by a very special guest: saxophonist MARSHALL ALLEN, almost 90, has spent 35 years playing alongside Sun Ra and another 20 leading the Arkestra after he passed away. Expect a celestial event. 

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