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The stage comes to life with supersonic sound, glittering lights and cosmic pageantry as the musicians congregate and prepare for their leader, the Intergalactic Research Tone Scientist, Michael Ray, to lead them into the promised Cosmos.
Multi-percussion stations, synthesizers, keys of all sorts, drums, a front line of trumpets, saxophones and various other horns, with a sexy sassy funky classy bluesy jazzy cosmic vocalist all consecutively come into play. Each entering the musical fray with precision and unadulterated rapture.
Founded in the very early 1990s after trumpeter Michael Ray migrated from the Sun Ra house in Philadelphia to settle in New Orleans, Cosmic Krewe has slowly and steadily evolved through countless rehearsals and live performances into the hot, tight, fiercely experimental ensemble.
A quick look at Michael Ray's musical resume clearly reveals the roots of the unique fusion of experimental jazz and contemporary dance music that he calls cosmic funk. Since 1978 the trumpet star has functioned as the intergalactic tone specialist for the Sun Ra Arkestra while serving simultaneously as a key member of the horn section for the popular R&B group Kool & the Gang.
Splitting his work time between these two prominent ensembles, Ray came upon a way to fuse the disparate idioms into a Jazz Funk of the Future that could take the music straight down the middle of the rhythmic spectrum and all the way out the realm of free group improvisation.
This late night RAMP ROOM show will go into the morning hours so come rested and ready to JAM!