London

Roberts, Matana
Born 1975 in Chicago, Ilinois, United States
Lives and works between London, UK and New York, USA
is an internationally renowned composer, band leader, saxophonist, sound experimentalist and mixed-media practitioner. Roberts works in many contexts and mediums, including improvisation, dance, poetry, and theater. 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. Roberts was raised on the South Side of Chicago, and studied classical clarinet as a youth. She has been in residency at the Whitney Museum of American art (2015); is the recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award (2013); and has been a guest curator at The Stone (2010). Here solo productions include Lines for Lacy (self-release, 2006); The Chicago Project (Central Control, 2008) and COIN COIN Chapter Four: Memphis (Constellation, 2019), following three previous chapters of COIN COIN released in 2011, 2013 and 2015 respectively. She has also collaborated with a number of artists, including Matt Bauder, Ayelet Gottlieb and Guillermo E. Brown.
Matana Roberts, always say your name, 2015, Mixed media on board, 8h x 14w inches, Courtesy Fridman Gallery