"...isn't just mildly curious to expand her medium: she seems driven to do it" (New York Times)
 
"...Matana Roberts does not make easy listening music." (Los Angeles Times)

Matana (m(a)-ta-Nah\) Roberts:

award winning, internationally renowned composer, band leader, saxophonist, sound experimentalist and mixed-media practitioner; works in many contexts and mediums, including improvisation, dance, poetry, and theater. Her innovative work has forged new conceptual approaches to considering narrativity, history, and political expression within improvisatory structures. past member of the BRC: Black Rock Coalition and the AACM: Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. holds two degrees in music study. based in new york city.
(Wikipedia entry on Matana Roberts. includes a selected discography)
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