Matana Roberts (solo)
Saturday, September 24, 4:00-5:00pm & 6:00-7:00pm
Due to limited space, complimentary tickets are required for entry. Tickets will be available at box office 30 minutes prior to the concert. First come first served.
A native Chicagoan with two degrees in music performance, MATANA ROBERTS, now based in New York, is an award winning, internationally renowned composer, bandleader, saxophonist, sound experimentalist and mixed-media practitioner. She works in many contexts and media, including improvisation, dance, poetry, and theater. She is a past member of the Black Rock Coalition (BRC) and the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). 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 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. Matana has played with and alongside Rob Mazurek, Myra Melford, Vijay Iyer, Roscoe Mitchell, Greg Tate, Nicole Mitchell, Meshell Ndegeocello, Jayne Cortez, Seb Rochford, Fred Anderson, Latasha Diggs, George Lewis, Savion Glover, Anthony Braxton, Amina Claudine Meyers, Jeff Parker, and Dave Douglas among many others. She received a 2013 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award and is a 2014 recipient of the Alpert Award in The Arts and the 2014 Doris Duke Award. Matana will perform her solo piece twice.