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Matana Roberts

Matana Roberts is an internationally renowned composer, band leader, saxophonist, sound experimentalist and mixed-media practitioner. Roberts works in many contexts and mediums, including improvisation, dance, poetry, and theater. She made two records as a core member of the Sticks And Stones quartet in the early 2000s and has gone on to release a diverse body of solo and ensemble work under her own name on Constellation and Central Control over the past decade. She is perhaps best known for her acclaimed Coin Coin project, a multi-chapter work of “panoramic sound quilting” that aims to expose the mystical roots and channel the intuitive spirit-raising traditions of American creative expression while maintaining a deep and substantive engagement with narrativity, history, community and political expression within improvisatory musical structures. Constellation began documenting the Coin Coin project in 2011 and has released the first three of a projected twelve album-length chapters to date, with a fourth chapter arriving this October.

Discography (6 releases)

COIN COIN Chapter Four: Memphis Matana Roberts

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  • 180gLP+WAV
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Matana Roberts

Matana Roberts is an internationally renowned composer, band leader, saxophonist, sound experimentalist and mixed-media practitioner. Roberts works in many contexts and mediums, including improvisation, dance, poetry, and theater. She made two records as a core member of the Sticks And Stones quartet in the early 2000s and has gone on to release a diverse body of solo and ensemble work under her own name on Constellation and Central Control over the past decade. She is perhaps best known for her acclaimed Coin Coin project, a multi-chapter work of “panoramic sound quilting” that aims to expose the mystical roots and channel the intuitive spirit-raising traditions of American creative expression while maintaining a deep and substantive engagement with narrativity, history, community and political expression within improvisatory musical structures. Constellation began documenting the Coin Coin project in 2011 and has released the first three of a projected twelve album-length chapters to date, with a fourth chapter arriving this October.

Tour dates

21 Aug 2019 New York, NY The Stone (Schema I and II duet with Gerald Cleaver)
22 Aug 2019 New York, NY The Stone (Schema III and IV duet with Ava Mendoza)
23 Aug 2019 New York, NY The Stone (Schema V and VI duet with Liberty Ellman)
24 Aug 2019 New York, NY The Stone (Schema VII and VIII duet with Vijay Iyer)
7 Sep 2019 London, UK Cafe Oto (Sextet for Peter Brötzmann Festival)
4 Oct 2019 London, UK St Mary's Hall

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