In her lecture at the 2016 Red Bull Music Academy, Matana Roberts discussed her relationship with Montreal, the evolution of her multi-faceted practice over the years, her struggles as an artist in modern times, and the stories and ideas that are feeding the Coin Coin project. #RBMA #jazz

3:53 – Improvisation
15:18 – Singing
17:35 – Coin Coin
36:50 – Learning clarinet
43:05 – Family history
52:19 – Message music

Chicago-born, NYC-based saxophonist Matana Roberts is three chapters into her 12-part Coin Coin series of albums, released via Montreal’s Constellation Records. Based on parts of African-American history she wanted to explore, the composer and experimentalist saw Coin Coin – named after a freed slave and businesswoman – as an opportunity to challenge herself. The records are a deeply personal project inspired by her own experiences with spirits and an important document that both pays homage to and openly questions the American jazz tradition.

The Red Bull Music Academy is a global music institution committed to fostering creativity in music. We celebrate music, its culture, and the transformative minds behind it. Begun in 1998, the Academy has taken the core principles that underlie its annual workshop for selected participants and applied this curatorial approach to events, lectures, and city-wide festivals throughout the year.

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