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Matana Roberts

Primary Instrument: Sax, alto

Matana Roberts is a dynamic saxophonist, composer and improviser, who tries to expose 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 musics to act only as her creative guide, not as her creative definer. By using their mentorship, she has been able to craft a voice and creative focus that truly speaks to her own true artistic individuality. She feels strongly that her music should not only reflect the many colors and moods of universal human emotions, but that it should also testify, critique, document, and respond to the many socio-economic, historical, and cultural inequalities that exist not only in this country, but all over the world....
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    Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile

    Constellation
    2013
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    Live In London

    Constellation
    2011
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    Coin Coin Chapter One: Gens De Couleur Libres

    Constellation
    2011
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    The Chicago Project

    Central Control
    2008
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    Matana Roberts: The Chicago Project

    Central Control
    2008
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    The Chicago Project

    Constellation
    2007
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    Sticks And Stones

    482 Music
    2002
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Central Control (2008)

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