Artists Studio: Matana Roberts

“magnetic, inescapable…one of the most provocative ongoing bodies of work by any the crux of almost every type of intersectionality, American musician.”

“Panoramic sound-quilting” is the term internationally renowned composer, saxophonist, sound experimentalist, and mixed-media practitioner Matana Roberts uses to describe her combination of instrumental music, singing, text, and visual imagery. Exploring themes of American history, memory, and ancestry, her very personal and improvisatory body of sound work is startling in its originality and gripping in its historic, political, and social power. She brings her creative practice as a musician merged with social consciousness to the Veterans Room for a site specific performance in her ongoing anthropological examination of music, storytelling, and the long, diverse history of her birth country.

Matana Roberts’ visual work will be on view at Fridman Gallery March 25–April 25, 2018.

The Artists Studio is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the city council, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Image: Paula Court

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018
at 7:00pm & 9:00pm

Tickets: $45

Veterans Room

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