From Ten Thousand Hours:
Saxophonist and composer Matana Roberts speaks with James Ilgenfritz about the technical and metaphysical aspects of her dynamic and highly autobiographical music, including her ongoing blood narrative project Coin Coin (documented on her blog In the Midst Of Memory as well as an upcoming record on the Canadian label Constellations, and the interactive nature of her site-specific solo work. During the many years Roberts has been busking in New York and many other cities, she has come to see the process as an interactive dialogue with architecture. Roberts also discusses her early years in Chicago, including her association with the AACM and the support from Chicago elders like Fred Anderson an contemporaries like Josh Abrams and Chad Taylor. She also discusses her ongoing self-published Zine, “Fat Ragged”, and her enthusiasm for the transformative power of youth outreach, specifically describing recent work with ICASP in Montreal and The Future of Music Coalition and Air Traffic Control in New Orleans. Roberts and host James Ilgenfritz also perform duo colorful and engaging duo improvisations.
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