2013, Sun, Feb 24

Jerry Dammers' Spatial A.K.A. Orchestra

Jerry Dammers’ Spatial A.K.A. Orchestra

Jerry Dammers’ Spatial A.K.A. Orchestra

Jerry Dammers, founder of the 1980s ska-punk band The Specials and the 2 Tone label, brings his 24 piece Spatial A.K.A. Orchestra to Berlin.

The band started as a tribute band to the late Sun Ra, who claimed that he was abducted by aliens and sent back to teach the human race the (inhuman) music of Saturn. Beside Sun Ra’s music and related sounds, Dammers’ orchestra plays spaced-out versions of his Dammers’ own works. With apocalyptic ecological warnings embodied in such songs as Sun Ra's "It’s after the End of The World" or "Ghost Planet"—a twenty-first century reworking of Dammers’ legendary "Ghost Town"—the program will reflect the questions raised by the idea of the anthropocene.

Jerry Dammers, keyboards/ musical director
Zoe Rahman, piano
Denys Baptiste, saxes
Nathaniel Facey, alto sax
Finn Peters, flute
Shabaka Hutchings, sax, bass clarinet
Anthony Joseph, vocals
Francine Luce, vocals
Rico Rodriguez, trombone (Special Guest)
Larry Bartley, double bass
Patrick Illingworth, drums
Crispin Robinson, percussion
Roger Beaujoulais, vibraphone
Robin Hopcraft , trumpet
Terry Edwards, baritone sax
Harry Brown, trombone
Matt Fox, sax
Patrick Hatchett , guitar
Ollie Bayley, electric bass
Steve Gibson, classical percussion
Johnny T, violin,
Sarah Liew, violin
Jenny Adejayan, cello

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