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Venue:
The Rotunda 4012 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104 Map
http://www.therotunda.org/about/
Price: Free Admission
Thursday, May 21, 2009 - 8:00pm

Matana Roberts solo

Matana Roberts, alto saxophone + voice

"She has become an eloquent, dramatic tone-warping free-jazz artist, right out of Ayler's anti-bebop tradition." -Guardian

Matana Roberts is a dynamic saxophonist, composer and improviser who exposes in her music the mystical roots and spiritual traditions of African American creative expression.

A Chicago native, she was fortunate enough to be surrounded by elder musicians who showed her by distinct example the importance of listening to one's personal creative voice while at the same time using the profound and many layered traditions of jazz and improvised music to act only as her creative guide, not as her creative definer. Their mentorship has inspired her own true artistic individuality.

An expert improviser, Matana's playing can be heard on recordings as disparate as Godspeed You! Black Emperor's Yanqui UXO, Daniel Givens' Day Clear and First Dark, and Golden Pollen by Savath and Savalas (aka Guillermo Scott Herren aka Prefuse 73), amongst others. She has also played alongside such musical and artistic luminaries as Fred Anderson, Roscoe Mitchell, Oliver Lake, Marty Ehrlich, Eugene Chadbourne, Henry Grimes, Butch Morris, reg e gaines, George Lewis, Nicole Mitchell, Robert Barry, Joe Maneri, Miya Masaoka, Marty Erhlich, Beans, Guillermo E. Brown, Liberty Ellman, Vernon Reid, Jayne Cortez, Bill T. Jones and Savion Glover. Matana Roberts currently lives and works in New York City and is a member of the AACM