Matana Roberts

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Matana Roberts returns with the much-anticipated fourth instalment of her hugely innovative, profoundly iconoclastic and rightly acclaimed COIN COIN project. Roberts deftly weaves a sonic tapestry of African-American ethnography and history with strands of jazz, blues, free improv, afro-futurism, traditionals, spoken word and avant-garde composition – always guided by her powerfully personal/universal narratives and wholehearted, singular artistic spirit.

“Roberts isn’t just a storyteller, musician, ethnographer, historian, bandleader, arranger, improviser, or activist. She plays all of those roles, yes; collectively, they power one of the most provocative ongoing bodies of work by any American musician.”Pitchfork

“Throughout the [Coin Coin]project thus far, Roberts has used her music as a medium through which to explore the liminal zones between lore and history that define the ways in which we understand ourselves in the present. Primarily interrogating her own sense of identity as an African American woman, Roberts calls upon numerous other voices – from her family’s history, her culture’s mythology – to create not historical documents but living artifacts of collective cultural memory: simultaneously disorienting and exhilarating in their chaotic multiplicity.”The Quietus

4 OCT 2019 London, UK St Mary’s Hall (special commission, details here)

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