June 2009

The Royal Theater1524 South Street
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Price: $20 General Admission
Thursday, June 11, 2009 - 8:00pm

Anri Sala's Long Sorrow featuring a solo performance by Marshall Allen

Marshall Allen, saxophone

Please join us for Re-Sounding, a very special two-night event in conjunction with Hidden City Philadelphia: a new arts festival that brings Philadelphia's best unknown historical and architectural landmarks back to life through original works of art. Inaccessible to the public for decades, the Royal Theater on South Street - called "American's Finest Colored Photoplay House" upon its 1920 opening - will host these two nights. Both evenings feature a new work (inspired by the building's history) by Bang on a Can's Todd Reynolds and performed by Reynolds with musicians from Network for New Music with a video installation by Laurie Olinder and Bill Morrison. Each night will also feature the Philadelphia premiere of acclaimed video artist Anri Sala's Long Sorrow, which features the saxophonist Jemeel Moondoc. In addition, each event will feature a solo performance by two of the leading Free Jazz saxophonist, Jemeel Moondoc (June 10) and the Sun Ra Arkestra's Marshall Allen (June 11).

As a young musician, Marshall Belford Allen (b. May 25, 1924) performed with pianist Art Simmons, Don Byas and James Moody before enrolling in the Paris Conservatory of Music. After relocating to Chicago, Allen became a pupil of Sun Ra, subsequently joining the Arkestra in 1958 and leading Sun Ra's formidable reed section for the next 40 years. Marshall, along with John Gilmore, June Tyson and James Jacson, lived, rehearsed, toured and recorded with Sun Ra almost exclusively for much of Sun Ra's musical career. As a member of the Arkestra, Allen pioneered the Free Jazz movement of the early-1960s, having remarkable influence on the leading voices in the avant-garde. He is featured on over 200 Sun Ra recordings in addition to collaborations with Phish, Sonic Youth, Digable Planets and Medeski, Martin & Wood. Marshall assumed the position of Maestro in 1995, following the ascension of Sun Ra in 1993 and John Gilmore in 1995. Marshall continues to be committed to the study, research and development of Sun Ra's musical precepts and has launched the Sun Ra Arkestra into a dimension beyond that of mere "ghost" band by writing fresh arrangements of Sun Ra's music, as well as composing new music and arrangement for the Arkestra. He works unceasingly to keep the big-band tradition alive.

With his films, video installations and photographs, Anri Sala explores the borders of history and geography, as seen through the eyes of marginal characters, who become accidental actors in collective dramas. A mingling of personal stories and social surveys, Sala's works are existential explorations of intimate, interwoven narratives. Colored with sudden epiphanies and visions, the works reveal unexpected and overlooked fragments of reality. For his films, Sala has used different techniques and formats, experimenting with cinematic and video techniques in order to capture the end of dreams and the fall of ideologies, while also trying to describe private histories and small tragedies. Long Sorrow was produced by the Nicola Trussardi Foundation. Hanging from the façade of a building in the suburbs of Berlin (nicknamed 'the long sorrow' by its inhabitants) the American saxophonist Jemeel Moondoc deftly performs an animated sweeping improvisation imbued with a sense of mounting tension. Part social documentary and part eulogy for architectural visionaries, Long Sorrow is a freestyle fugue on feelings and beliefs.

Along with Long Sorrow, Anri Sala has created an extensive and critically-acclaimed body of work: From the hesitation of the horse stopped at the edge of a highway in Tirana, to the portrait of a man lost among the arcades of Milan's Duomo, and from the game of light and shadow of a crab chase to the transformation of a cymbal into a stroboscopic light, and from the quiet and melancholic landscapes of airports to old Luna-parks, Sala's works flow like animated, dream-like paintings. Like faded contemporary frescoes, they bring together voices and images that connect international politics with domestic traumas and private histories.

Anri Sala was born in 1974, and lives and works in Berlin. He has had solo exhibitions in a number of international institutions including Museé de la Ville, Paris, Kunsthalle, Vienna, The Art Institute of Chicago, and Museum Boijmans, Rotterdam. Nominated for the prestigious Hugo Boss Prize (2002), and awarded the Golden Lion for the Young Artist Prize at the Venice Biennale (2001), Anri Sala has taken part in many collective exhibitions and biennials worldwide, including three participations in the Venice Biennale (1999, 2001 and 2003), in addition to invitations to the Istanbul Biennial (2003), the Berlin Biennale (2001) and Manifesta (2000). He was short listed for this year's Preis 2005 of the Nationalgalerie in Berlin (with John Bock, Monica Bonvicini and Angela Bulloch).