Sun Ra Arkestra's Marshall Allen takes over Mello Mello
30 October 2013
Since beginning this ambitious project 20 years ago with Marshall Allen, leader of The Sun Ra Arkestra, filmmaker/musician James Harrar sees Cinema Soloriens as a constantly evolving creative and spiritual learning center.
Cinema Soloriens is a multi-media performance consisting of James Harrar’s experimental and highly personal film and video images with a live musical rendering of soundtracks for each film. The musical concepts are created, directed and performed by Harrar (tenor sax, flute, bulbul tarang, reeds, voice and effects) with Marshall Allen (alto sax, flute, keyboards, EVI and effects), and Rogier Smal (percussion and electronics) plus a stellar changing line-up of gifted musicians.
The project places attention on Artist collaboration, exploring the moving image with live performance and when combined, an attempt to reveal deeper levels of interpretation within Harrar’s visceral film poems. These presentations also celebrate the early beginnings of cinema, providing live music to support and elevate the silent movie experience.
Any musical incarnation of Cinema Soloriens reveals a group possessing a penchant for psychedelic rock, outre ethnological improvisations and Marshall Allen approved jazzy stomps of which these performances deliver in equal measure.
Also to mark the 20th anniversary of Cinema Soloriens, Mello Mello are hosting an exhibition of portraits, film frame enlargements and images documenting the 20 year collaboration, which will be on display / on sale at the event.
Marshall Allen's residency takes places on 8 and 9 November. Tickets and more information is available on the Mello Mello website.