Join the Eco-Music Big Band in celebrating Sun Ra's 102nd birthday! The dynamic jazz ensemble Eco-Music Big Band presents scenes from Mr. Mystery: The Return of Sun Ra to Save Planet Earth!, a free-jazz opera by Fred Ho and Marie Incontrera, with libretto by Quincy Troupe. In this freewheeling odyssey, visionary jazz musician Sun Ra is summoned back to life to save the world from impending destruction brought on by war, global warming, and economic decline.
The Eco-Music Big Band is a 16-piece, multigenerational and unique big band that includes some of the nation's most acclaimed jazz musicians (such as bass trombonist David Taylor, drummer Zack O'Farrill, and trumpeter Adam O'Farrill). Hailed as “...music and activism at its finest” (DooBeeDooBeeDoo) and “heavy on the brass and politics” (killingthebreeze.com), the Eco-Music Big Band regularly commissions works by younger and emerging composers, and performs music with a vision for a better world. The band also performs the exclusive repertoire of the music of its late founder, Fred Ho, and the 1970s jazz composer and bandleader Cal Massey, and is a forerunner in the genre of jazz opera. The Eco-Music Big Band has performed on respected stages throughout the New York area such as the Blue Note Jazz Club, Red Rooster's Ginny's Supper Club, Joe's Pub at the Public Theater, Iridium, Zinc Jazz club, BAMcafe, Roulette, and on the national scale throughout Vermont and Philadelphia.