Zeena Parkins & Susan Alcorn

10 Feb 2019
7000 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood
Los Angeles, CA 90038
United States

In 1966, Sun Ra bought ukuleles, mandolins, kotos, koras and Chinese lutes from curio shops and gave them to his horn players who had no training with the instruments. The result was Strange Strings, a recording he made with the belief that “strings could touch people in a special way, different from other instruments.” Ra could just as easily have been describing the work of Alcorn or Parkins individually, let alone the two of them together. Both are titans of their respective instruments and this meeting is a first.