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Manufactured by:
Crumar  Search this
Used by:
The Sun Ra Arkestra, American  Search this
Marshall Allen, born 1924  Search this
Designed by:
Nyle Steiner  Search this
plastic, metal and wire
H x W x D (cased instrument): 5 × 18 1/8 × 4 1/4 in. (12.7 × 46 × 10.8 cm)
H x W x D (detached lid): 1 3/16 × 18 5/16 × 4 15/16 in. (3 × 46.5 × 12.6 cm)
H x W x D (controller): 3 9/16 × 2 7/16 × 14 3/8 in. (9 × 6.2 × 36.5 cm)
musical instruments
early 1980s
This electronic valve instrument was one of seven given to Sun Ra’s reed section and was often played by Arkestra bandleader, Marshall Allen. EVI’s can switch from flute, oboe and saxophone modes and give the instrumentalist more freedom to produce new and creative sounds at a dynamic range.
The Electronic Valve Instrument (EVI) consists of a cased control panel and a handheld unit (a). The case and handheld unit cannot be separated from each other. The case housing also serves as a carrying case. The exterior of the case is covered in stickers with gouges and abbrasions. Stickers advertise for the 2006 Marbella International Jazz Festival and Fiesta Mundial Del Jazz, and a large orange sticker reads [INTERPLANETARY MUSIC / MARSHALL ALLEN / DIRECTOR OF THE / SUN RA ARKESTRA]. The lid to the case (component 'b') is detached with hinge pins missing and is no longer a functional closure. The control panel consists of a black panel with row of dials and toggles. Panels, dials, and toggles show oxidation and grime. A three-pronged power cord extends from the panel. The handheld unit, black, with [STEINER] printed in white text on one side, has dials for tune, scale, and port. Three black switches are analogous to trumpet valves. The handheld unit is attached to instrument panel with wire covered by black plastic cord.
African American  Search this
Instrumentalists (Musicians)  Search this
Jazz (Music)  Search this
Technology  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
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National Museum of African American History and Culture