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From the Vault 411: Sun Ra
This week on From The Vault we take a look at one of the most innovative artists and creative forces of our time, jazz musician and composer Sun Ra. Guided by two KPFK - Los Angeles music programmers and Sun Ra admirers, Mark Maxwell and Carlos Nino, we'll explore some of the more abstract ideas of Sun Ra. The Pacifica Radio Archives has two landmark interviews with Sun Ra, including one of the oldest known recorded interviews conducted by Dennis Irving in 1968, and a 1991 interview with KPFK producer Jay Green titled, "Getting Better than Good, Notes from the Omniverse." Through these recorded interviews, Sun Ra gives us a glimpse of his unique perspective on humanity's existence and place in the Universe, and guests Mark and Carlos explain the impact Jazz legends had on Sun Ra... and the impact Sun Ra had on others.
Wrapping up GRAMMY Foundation Grant work
The Pacifica Radio Archives thanks the GRAMMY Foundation for its assistance in funding our preservation of two terrific series of historical radio programs from WBAI-FM: The Free Music Store, an eclectic free concert series from the 1970s, and the Mind's Eye Theatre, WBAI's unique experiment in radio theatre from the late 1960's. Everything in our vaults from these two series has now officially been digitized and will be available as a pledge gift during our upcoming annual Pacifica Radio Archives Fund Drive!