Bringing together an intergalactic performance as only FringeArts can, The Beautiful Noise: A Special Tribute to Sun Ra will be presented as an unrehearsed, one-time-only event on Friday, June 6. Curated by composer King Britt and artist Kate Watson Wallace, electronic-based musicians, body-based performers and videos artists will improvise a never before, never again collision of artistic synergy in tribute to their music hero, jazz surrealist Sun Ra.

The Beautiful Noise pairs local and international artists who are heavily influenced by Sun Ra but might not otherwise work together to join in an improvised collaboration, emphasizing dance and music's endless possibilities. The performance is driven by bits and pieces of electronic sounds from the Sun Ra palette and re-contextualized into new territory, accompanied by live video paying homage to Mr. Ra. After the performance, the audience is invited to stay for a dance party celebration with the artists.

Participating artists include Tendai Maraire on percussion, Vernon Reid on guitar, vocalist Imani Izuri, Marlo Reynolds and King Britt on keyboards and electronics, and Anthony Tidd on bass, along with choreographer Jaamil Olewale Kosoko, live video mixing by Jason Senk and after-party DJ HPrizm.

The Beautiful Noise: A Special Tribute to Sun Ra takes place Friday, June 6 at 8 p.m. There is no late seating. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door; FringeArts members save 30 percent. A special member pre-sale will begin on May 1, and general tickets will be on sale Saturday, May 3 at or by calling 215-413-1318. FringeArts' new waterfront venue is located at 140 N. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19106. For more information, visit

Kate Watson-Wallace is a choreographer, visual artist and curator. She creates site-based installation in our everyday spaces. Works include HOUSE, a performance for 15 audience members inside an abandoned row home; CAR, a performance for four audience members who sit inside a moving vehicle; STORE, a performance installation inside an abandoned mega-store; Everywhere, a participatory online dance experience; and contest, a flash mob for 100 community members at the Kimmel Center's International Festival of the Arts. Her most recent work, Mash Up Body, a new installation under the mentorship of Miguel Gutierrez, is a collaboration with Man Man drummer Christopher Sean Powell.

Kate has received numerous awards for her choreography, including: A 2007 Pew Fellowship in the Arts in Choreography, two Map Fund Grants and a Doris Duke Exploration grant through Creative Capital, multiple grants from the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage through Dance Advance, The PA Council on the Arts, The Independence Foundation and Penn PAT.

Her company with creative partner Jaamil Kosoko, anonymous bodies/art collective, has shown work at venues nationally, including: The Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, Joyce SoHo (NYC), Dance Theater Workshop (NYC), Dance New Amsterdam (NYC), Dance Place (D.C.), Danspace, ODC Dance (SF), Velocity Dance (Seattle), Movement Research at Judson Church (NYC), Kelly Strayhorn Theater (Pittsburgh), The Kimmel Center, and The Yard (Martha's Vineyard). They have been in residence in universities across the country.

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