Matana Roberts Coin Coin Chapter One on 2 x 10" LP + CD
Includes Limited Edition Poster
Matana Roberts (pronounced mah-tah-nah) is one of the leading lights of contemporary African-American experimental music, combining her widely recognized gifts as an alto saxophone player and improviser with an intensely engaged re-definition of American Jazz traditions.
Matana's Coin Coin project is the centerpiece of this engagement and re-definition: a multi-chapter work that combines conceptual scoring (graphic notation, 'chance' strategies), storytelling and historical narrative, performative theatre (personae, costume, multi-media), and a deeply considered channeling of personal ancestry and the 'universal' experience of Africans in America.
Roberts began spending significant amounts of time in Montreal during the second half of the 2000s and took up full-fledged (though temporary) residency there in 2008. While she was familiar to Constellation as early as 2001 (through her work with Sticks And Stones and her guest performance on Godspeed You! Black Emperor's Yanqui U.X.O. album), it was through the evolution of her mesmerizing Coin Coin project that we fully fell under her spell, as did the dozen or more Montreal musicians who began working with her on the music and in performance.
Coin Coin Chapter One: Gens De Couleur Libre is the first official recording of this ambitious and powerful project. Constellation also invited Matana to assemble her Montreal group for a live in-studio performance at the Hotel2Tango facility, before a small but capacity audience of about 30 friends and supporters. The band spent the entire day running things through while recording engineer Radwan Moumneh set microphones and levels. The evening performance was stunning, literally bringing audience members to tears, and went to tape beautifully. The full 90-minute performance was edited down to around 60 minutes, comprising four quarter-hour suites spread across four sides of 10" vinyl.
Matana Roberts Coin Coin Chapter One Track Listing:
2. Pov Piti
3. Song for Eulalie
5. Libation for Mr. Brown: Bid Em In...
7. I Am
8. How Much Would You Cost?