Sun Ra and Orchestra of Spheres in front of Sun Ra's house in Philadelphia with Arkestra's Marshall Allen and Fred Allen (L-to-R Andy Wright, Fred Allen, Marshall Allen, Daniel Beban and Nell Thomas)
A look at the career of one the 20th century's great composers, band leaders and eccentrics, Sun Ra.
A mysterious and elusive figure, for most of his life Sun Ra constructed a web of myths and legends that stretch from ancient Egypt to outer space.
An early pioneer of electronic keyboards and a musician driven by the search for new sounds and ways of constructing music, Sun Ra formed a big band, the Arkestra in the 50s.
The band has survived for over six decades, even outliving its founding father, and has been responsible for some of the most out-there music ever heard on planet earth.
Orchestra of Spheres' Daniel Beban takes us for a ride through the music of Sun Ra.