September 5, 2017 - September 10, 2017

Prismatic Park: Matana Roberts

 

Musician, composer, and multimedia artist Matana Roberts will create an intricate soundscape in the Park on September 5-10. By employing her unique PSQ (Panoramic Sound Quilting) approach, she will weave video, graphics, and musical components to create …Breath…, an interactive and conceptual sound environment. During her Blank Forms artist residency, she will invite other to collaborate with her in its creation, including Park visitors.

Make sure to pick up a free poster in the Park, featuring exclusive images provided by Roberts and her artist residency schedule.

Tuesday, September 5, 11am-5pm
Wednesday, September 6, 11am-5pm
Thursday, September 7, 11am-5pm
Friday, September 8, 11am-5pm
Saturday, September 9, 11am-5pm

Josiah McElheny’s Prismatic Park will be on view from June 13-October 8. Prismatic Park will be used by three art non-profit organizations—Blank Forms, Danspace Project, and Poets House—to realize new and exciting works. When not occupied by resident artists, the public can access the exhibition as a platform for their own creativity. Look out for a free weekly poster available in the Park.


Chicago-born, NYC-based alto saxophonist Matana Roberts is an internationally renowned composer and bandleader whose work has forged new conceptual approaches to considering narrativity, history, community and political expression within improvisatory musical structures. A past member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), and the Black Rock Coalition (BRC), she prefers the term “sound experimentalist” to the historically charged “jazz musician” to refer to her multidisciplinary work, which also encompasses theater, poetry, dance, and most recently visual art. Since 2006, Roberts has developed a visionary 12-chapter project called Coin Coin, inspired by the nickname of freed slave and businesswoman Marie Thérèse Metoyer, who established a well prospering Creole community in Louisiana. Drawing from the intertwining narratives of her own genealogical research and fragments of African-American history—from the slave trade through Reconstruction and the civil rights movement to the current climate of racial turmoil—Roberts offers a nearly anthropological examination of music, storytelling, and the long, diverse trajectories of the African diaspora in America. Her compositional approach, which she calls “P.S.Q.: Panoramic Sound Quilting”, employs collage-based paper and digital graphic scores as a basis for new music composition, improvisation and her bricolage of work songs, lullabies, spirituals, poetry, electronics, and primal screams. She has collaborated with Roscoe Mitchell, Jayne Cortez, Merce Cunningham, Jem Cohen, Rob Mazurek, Henry Grimes, Vijay Iyer, Nicole Mitchell, and Pauline Oliveros to name but a few, and has been invited to lecture and teach extensively.

 

 

2017-09-05 8:00:00 2017-09-10 16:00:00 America/New_York Prismatic Park: Matana Roberts

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