Earshot: Matana Roberts’ COIN COIN

Presented by Nonsequitur & Earshot Jazz Festival.

Chicago born and bred, Matana Roberts is an alto saxophonist/ composer active in New York since 2001. She has appeared on recordings and performances worldwide with her own ensembles and with a variety of collaborative groups, including Sticks and Stones, Burnt Sugar, Exploding Star Orchestra, Oliver Lake, Julius Hemphill, Myra Melford, Jayne Cortez, and Merce Cunningham Dance. The first half of the concert features Matana’s solo saxophone improvisations. The second half is devoted to her ongoing multimedia ensemble work COIN COIN, an epic sound narrative about the intricacies, contradictions and questions that surround the human bloodline experience, performed with ace Seattle musicians Tom Baker (guitar), Angelina Baldoz (trumpet), Brian Cobb (bass), Marchette DuBois (accordion), Greg Campbell (drums/percussion), Beth Fleenor (clarinets), Lori Goldston (cello), Tari Nelson-Zagar (violin), and Greg Powers (trombone).