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John Cage Meets Sun Ra to be reissued

Modern Harmonic to release a remastered recording of Sun Ra and John Cage performing together in Coney Island

Modern Harmonic are to reissue a rare Sun Ra/John Cage recording documenting the pair’s historic encounter in June 1986, when they were brought together for a one-off concert at Sideshows By The Sea in Coney Island. Meltdown Records recorded it and released an LP of unedited concert segments the following year. Much sought after by collectors, a copy of the original LP is currently up for sale on discogs at a price just shy of £90.

Described as “full of dissonant electronics, astral flourishes, vocal experimentations and, as you’d expect from Cage, moments of profound silence”, John Cage Meets Sun Ra has been remastered and expanded to a double LP for this reissue, adding 25 minutes of material to capture the full concert, as opposed to the original album’s edited version. Jazz writer and The Wire contributor Howard Mandel was in the audience and saw it happen. He contributes sleevenotes to the new edition.

You can listen to 43 minutes worth of the record below.

John Cage Meets Sun Ra can be pre-ordered from Modern Harmonic.