Visual for the concert of Sun Ra Arkestra

Legendary jazz orchestra Sun Ra Arkestra lands at the SNFCC for a memorable show at the Stavros Niarchos Hall in October, as part of their celebratory European tour for saxophonist and musical director Marshall Allen’s 95th birthday.

Blending elements of free jazz, African-style percussion, classic big band swing, electronics, theatrical performance and cosmic philosophy, the Sun Ra Arkestra was originally formed in the mid-1950s by Sun Ra, a pioneering figure in the context of jazz music and Afrofuturism.

Following Sun Ra’s passing in 1993, the Sun Ra Arkestra continues to perform under the leadership of alto saxophonist Marshall Allen, who assumed the position of Arkestra Musical Director in 1995. As a member of the Arkestra, Allen pioneered the free jazz movement of the early 1960s, having remarkable influence on the leading voices in the avant-garde.

Now in his 60th year of continuous activity with the Arkestra, Allen continues to be committed to the study, research, and development of Sun Ra's musical legacy while writing fresh arrangements of Sun Ra's music and composing new music and arrangements for the Arkestra.



Marshall Allen, dir., alto sax, fl.
Elson Nascimento, perc.
Emmett Orvictor Mc Donald, trombone
Wayne A. Smith, drums
Tara Middleton, vocals
Stephen Tyler Mitchell, bass
Cecil H. Brooks, trumpet
Vincent Chancey, French horn
George Burton, piano
Noel Scott, saxes
Danny Ray Thompson, bar-sax
James E. Stewart, tenor-sax

Photo of the orchestra Sun Ra Arkestra


For ages 6+

Admission: €15, €10 & €5 (reduced-rare ticket)

Reduced-rate tickets (€5) are available for students, seniors 65+, children and young people aged 6–18, unemployed, large families and Kallithea municipality residents.

Sale starting Monday 16/09 for SNFCC Members (up to 400 seats for Members and Guest)

Sale starting Tuesday 17/09 for the public. 

Pre-sale points:

- Ticket services website:
- Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (GNO ticket office)
- box office: Ticket Services, 39 Panepistimiou Street (Pesmazoglou Arcade)
- telephone: +30 210 7234567 (Ticket Services)

Holders of reduced-rate tickets must present their identity card and relevant documents at the door (student card, unemployment card, large family card, disability certification, utility bill for Kallithea residents).

For more information, please contact SNFCC call center at +30 216 8091000.

This is an event funded by the grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF). Alongside the core program of free-admission events, provided free of charge thanks to SNF grants, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center organizes a series of events for which a low admission fee applies, helping SNFCC to diversify its income sources while ensuring its long-term financial robustness.

See also

Friday 27/09, 21:00

Parklife: Calypso Rose


Tuesday 22/10, 20:30

Cosmos: Magdalena Kožená & Sir Simon Rattle


Sunday 20/10, 19:30

SNFCC Sessions: Don Letts