The internationally renowned US composer, saxophonist, mixed-media practitioner, and sonic voyager ?Matana Roberts (perhaps best known for her acclaimed Coin Coin project, ongoing and unfolding via Constellation Records) and British sound artist/improviser? Kelly Jayne Jones?, have announced a new live collaboration, the first in a series of special live shows programmed by OUTLANDS, a new national experimental music touring network.
Roberts and Jones are two artists from disparate backgrounds, finding affinity in practices charged by fiercely personal philosophies on sound. Both artists embrace improvisation, resist accepted narratives of sound, are community-minded and believe in democratic, shared, free-music making that erodes barriers. In other words, they perfectly embody what OUTLANDS is striving for – more info and dates below.
Together, the artists will weave their own approaches into live collaborative works informed by deeply expressive playing, tactile electro-acoustic interplay and a broader shared politics of resistance/defiance.
Produced by Qu Junktions and taking place in May 2018, ?after being developed and premiered in residency at Bristol's Cube Cinema,? this marks the first time Matana Roberts shall tour the UK on this scale, reaching locations she has never performed before. As part of the OUTLANDS initiative, this tour, and subsequent ones, will feature an interconnected engagement programme that will shine a light on the intriguing artistic processes and personalities involved in adventurous music forms, as well encouraging new audiences to experience this art form. In this case, Kelly Jayne Jones shall lead a series of group workshop sessions that explore improvisation as a means of building community, exploring mindfulness and enabling political expression.
MATANA ROBERTS & KELLY JAYNE JONES TOUR DATES MAY 2018
Fri 4th May Bristol, Cube Cinema
Weds 9th May? ?London, ?Ghost Notes
Thu 10th May Bexhill, De La Warr Pavilion
Fri 11th May Cambridge, St Barnabas Church
Sat 12th May Milton Keynes, MK Gallery
Thu 17th May Plymouth, ?The House, Peninsula Arts, University of Plymouth
Fri 18th May Birmingham, Centrala Gallery
Sat 19th May Salford, Manchester, The Portico
Sun 20th May Bradford, Fuse Gallery
Tour commissioned by Outlands, produced by Qu Junktions and supported by Arts Council England and ?Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
Ticket prices shall be capped for all shows in the spirit of ensuring the shows are widely accessible, and can be purchased ?via the
Image above courtesy of Jason Fulford