Kim Gordon / Sun Ra Arkestra / Slauson Malone 1


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Kim Gordon / Sun Ra Arkestra / Slauson Malone 1

Thursday, June 13, 2024

6:00 pm - 10:00 pm (Doors open 5:00 pm)

SummerStage, Central Park

Rumsey Playfield, Manhattan, 10021

Kim Gordon has been making outsider art in and out of the mainstream since she first arrived in New York City in the 1970s. Her work with the iconic 90s rock band Sonic Youth formed the vanguard of experimental guitar music in the downtown scene and was soon exported around the world, shaping modern rock music in the process. With Sonic Youth in her rearview, the 70-year-old rock matriarch is still kicking ass and taking names, exhibiting visual art and wielding distortion and dissonance to make some of the most exciting sounds at the bleeding edge of rock. She brings her latest LP The Collective—the follow-up to her stellar 2019 solo debut No Record Home—to Central Park this summer. She’s joined by the Sun Ra Arkestra, a group which, after nearly 70 years of cosmic jazz innovation, is as much an institution as it is a band. 99-year-old saxophonist Marshall Allen (who has been with the group since 1958, and bandleader since Sun Ra’s death in 1993) leads more than a dozen musicians through transportive sets that reveal a spirit that has influenced jazz music—and beyond—for multiple generations. They’re joined by Slauson Malone 1, a performance piece created by the artist and musician Jasper Marsalis that explores the possible intersections of popular music and performance art. His latest LP Excelsior explores masculinity with a newfound clarity, interrogating his own lived experiences through songs and movements. Slauson Malone 1 is accompanied by cellist Nicky Wetherell.

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