TUSK Music Presents

TUSK Festival 2020

September 28-October 11

MATANA ROBERTS

When you hear an artist is 1/3 of the way into a 12 album project that’ll probably take another 20 years to compete, you have to stop and wonder if they’re some kind of visionary genius or just a delusional obsessive (or both – that can be fun too!). But, working your way through the simultaneously harrowing and life-enriching first 4 volumes of her Coin Coin series, it’s clear that Matana Roberts has a natural gravitas and sensibility running through her work that suggests this may become one of the defining artistic statements of this era. The profundity of her vision is matched in her performance and realisation and shows in the respect she is afforded by the various generations of her collaborators from Roscoe Mitchell to Tyshawn Sorey. As highly accomplished as saxophonist, composer, mixed-media artist and improvisor, she calls the approach running through the Coin Coin series “panoramic sound quilting” and her work may demand a lot of the listener but it certainly gives a whole lot more back.