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COSMO SUN CONNECTION: Celebrating the Life & Musical Legacy of Sun Ra

  • The Cedar Cultural Center 416 Cedar Avenue South Minneapolis, MN, 55454 United States (map)

The Cedar and KFAI Present

COSMO SUN CONNECTION: Celebrating the Life & Musical Legacy of Sun Ra

Saturday May 25th, 2019 / Doors: 7:00 PM / Show: 8:00 PM

All Ages

$15 General Admission

This is a seated show. General Admission tickets are available online, by phone, at Electric Fetus, and The Cedar during shows. 

KFAI and The Cedar Cultural Center call to order a meeting of the celestial minds in COSMO SUN CONNECTION: CELEBRATING THE LIFE AND MUSICAL LEGACY OF SUN RA. May 22nd marks the 105th anniversary of his arrival on Planet Earth. COSMO SUN CONNECTION celebrates that event with a series of solo and ensemble performances from local, national, and international improvisers inspired by Sun Ra’s musical, poetic, and philosophical body of work.

Featuring, in various forms:
Queen Drea
Dameun Strange
Kahil Brewington
Stephanie Watts
Temple of the Nu
Davu Seru
George Cartwright
Liz Draper
Chris Gray
Charlie Parr
and more to be announced.

Cosmic attire and an open mind are encouraged for this trip on Outer Spaceways Incorporated.


Queen Drea - is a vocalist, performance and soundscape artist who’s pieces are often conceived under the auspices of improvisational settings which is where she thrives the most.


Dameun Strange is a sound artist, multi-instrumentalist, and composer whose conceptual chamber works, choral pieces and operas are focused on stories of the African diaspora, often exploring afrofuturist themes.


Davu Seru is a drummer and composer. He has worked with numerous improvising musicians and composers throughout the United States and France. He is composer and bandleader for the ensemble No Territory Band and a member of Trio SDS with French musicians Guilluame Seguron and Catherine Delaunay and Black Praxis Band with Chicago-based musicians David Boykin and Eliel Sherman Storey.


George Cartwright is a Minnesota-based composer, performer, bandleader, producer and musical collaborator, with a prolific career spanning over 30 years.


Classically and jazz-trained versatile bassist Liz Draper has has performed, recorded and toured internationally with such groups as the Grammy Award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers, Soul Asylum, Charlie Parr, The Cactus Blossoms, The Rose Ensemble, Ben Weaver, Orkestar Bez Ime, Davina and the Vagabonds, The Wild Goose Chase Cloggers and Dakota Dave Hull. A professional musician since age 16, Liz has performed in an astonishing array of musical genres and ensembles, from jazz and classical to folk, metal, improvisational, experimental, Balkan, and acoustic strings. She has led a similarly diverse range of projects, including Black Blondie, an all-female alternative R&B group that was featured on the same stage as Questlove and Amy Winehouse at Philadelphia’s Black Lilly Festival, the all-female “gyspy” band Carpscale Orkester, Up The Mountain Down The Mountain, an acoustic chamber doom folk metal project, and Chama Devora, a duo with fellow composer Crystal Myslayjek employing minimal soundscapes, textures, layers with voice, bass and keyboards/synths.

Liz holds a Bachelor of Music in Double Bass Performance from the University of Minnesota, where she studied with leading members of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra, and has studied at The School For Improvised Music in Brooklyn, New York. Liz is the Music Director and Executive Producer for Cantata Learning, specializing in song-based educational e-books, and has taught privately since 1998.


Earlier Event: May 24
An Evening with TERRY REID
Later Event: May 28