The internationally renowned US composer, saxophonist, mixed-media practitioner and sonic voyager Matana Roberts (perhaps best known for her acclaimed Coin Coin project, ongoing and unfolding via Constellation Records) and British sound artist/improviser Kelly Jayne Jones, have announced a new live collaboration, the first in a series of special live shows programmed by OUTLANDS, a new national experimental music touring network.
From the OUTLANDS press release:
Roberts and Jones are two artists from disparate backgrounds, finding affinity in practices charged by fiercely personal philosophies on sound. Both artists embrace improvisation, resist accepted narratives of sound, are community-minded and believe in democratic, shared, free-music making that erodes barriers. In other words, they perfectly embody what OUTLANDS is striving for.
Roberts and Jones will weave their own approaches into live collaborative works informed by deeply expressive playing, tactile electro-acoustic interplay and a broader shared politics of resistance/defiance.
Produced by Qu Junktions and taking place in May 2018, this marks the first time Matana Roberts shall tour the UK on this scale, reaching locations she has never performed before. As part of the OUTLANDS initiative, this tour, and subsequent ones, will feature an interconnected engagement programme that will shine a light on the intriguing artistic processes and personalities involved in adventurous music forms, as well encouraging new audiences to experience this art form. In this case, Kelly Jayne Jones shall lead a series of group workshop sessions that explore improvisation as a means of building community, exploring mindfulness and enabling political expression.


OUTLANDS #1 – MAY 2018
Matana Roberts + Kelly Jayne Jones

04.05.18 Bristol, UK Cube Cinema
09.05.18 London, UK Ghost Notes
10.05.18 Bexhill, UK De La Warr Pavilion
11.05.08 Cambridge, UK St Barnabas Church
12.05.18 Milton Keynes, UK MK Gallery
17.05.18 Plymouth, UK The House
18.05.18 Birmingham, UK Centrala Gallery
19.05.18 Manchester, UK The Portico
20.05.18 Bradford, UK Fuse Art Space