Thursday, March 26, 2015

Marvin X goin ta University of Chicago for Sun Ra Conference, May 22, 2015

Marvin X will be heading to the University of Chicago for the Sun Ra Conference, May 22, 2015. He will probably tour the area, will stops in Detroit and Milwaukee. Who knows, he may drop down to St. Louis, visit Ferguson, Black Lives Matter! But he is deeply honored sax man David Boykin invited him to participate in this celebration of Sun Ra, the supreme BAM artistic freedom fighter whose influence was widespread in the music world, transcending socalled Jazz, influencing George Clinton, Gladys Knight and many others with his space mythology, costumes, poetry, dance and music.

Marvin X has agreed to participate in a conference on his friend and mentor, Sun Ra. He was invited to be a panelist by Chicago musician David Boykin:

Greetings Brother Marvin X - I'm a saxophonist in Chicago interested in bringing you to Chciago to participate in a panel discussion during a conference on Sun Ra and possibly arranging some other speaking engagements and possibly performing together in May of 2015, around sun Ra's Birthday May 22..... Peace. David

 Marvin X and Sun Ra outside Marvin's Black Educational Theatre, San Francisco, 1972. Both were also teaching in Black Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Marvin X, David Murray and Earle Davis performed with Sun Ra's Arkestra

 Sun Ra's influence on Marvin X is clear when MX created  the BAM Poet's Choir and Arkestra on the spot at the University of California, Merced, BAM Conference, 2014.

 Amiri Baraka and Marvin X were both influenced by Sun Ra who was a member of The Harlem Black Arts Repertory Theatre/School, 1966. Sun Ra's poetry appears in the BAM anthology Black Fire, edited by Baraka, aka LeRoi Jones and Larry Neal.

 Sun Ra arranged the music for Baraka's Black Mass, also the music for Marvin X's musical version of Flowers for the Trashman, renamed Take Care of Business.

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