For Standing Rock​.​.​.

by Matana Roberts

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These are 3 solo saxophone field recordings done in underground american subway systems that I am using to build larger sound and vision collages. It's not always legal to play in public subways and any musician going down there is taking chances but at least it's not the kind of chances where you have to wonder about rubber bullets,water torture, LRADS, and state violence.

I am an American who is directly descended from Indigenous Americans who walked against their will on the Trail of Tears. I am an American w/ a classic "melting pot" bloodline, who is sometimes inspired by her country's history in terms of it's ability to sometimes ( but not oft enough) learn from it's failures. This is a year of a unique sadness and beyond frightful failures...

I'm completely horrified by the American news these days and especially the (too little) news coming out of Standing Rock.

All proceeds from this will be going directly to:
The Water Protector Legal Collective (at Standing Rock)

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The cover of this collection of sounds is from a segment of a collage that i use in a larger visual/graphic music score. It is created from an old photo that i found hiding on a lonely junk shop table. It was taken in 1894 by Canadian born Photog George Barker. It sadly reads : "Sioux Indians Two Fine Types of a Dying Race."

The titles of these 3 tracks are worth googling to better understand the source of this current struggle.

Lastly, the entirety of this action is dedicated to my father D.L. Roberts, who passed away this year... A life long scholar and freedom fighter he was the very 1st person to teach me about the strength of the impending cyber age for sharing,spreading,engaging,and giving voice to the politically silenced....It is in his memory, I place this contribution of hope for a downtrodden people who are showing by example that getting knocked down in America, is just another way of getting back up....

Thank you for your support.


released December 4, 2016

Matana Roberts: Alto Saxophone



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Matana Roberts New York, New York

Matana Roberts is a mixed media sound artist, saxophonist and composer.


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