Born in Chicago, IL (1975). Lives and works between London and New York.
Matana Roberts 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 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 on Constellation and Central Control 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. Constellation began documenting the Coin Coin project in 2011 and has released the first four of a projected twelve album-length chapters to date.
Tiny Mix Tapes
December 12, 2019
March 19, 2018
New York Times
April 20, 2018
April 23, 2018
October 6, 2015
Matana Roberts' red, white, and blue(s)
Watch the New Year's Eve performance of red, white, and blue(s), composed as a response to the Whitney's galleries, performance spaces and inaugural exhibition, America is Hard to See.
Video courtesy Whitney Museum of American Art.
Matana Roberts in conversation with Christopher Stackhouse
Matana Roberts speaks about her practice in relation to cultural history on the occasion of her gallery exhibition, jump at the sun.