Matana Roberts - Coin Coin Chapter One: Gens De Couleur Libres

Matana Roberts - Coin Coin Chapter One: Gens De Couleur Libres


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Matana Roberts 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.

Coin Coin Chapter One: Gens De Couleur Libre is the first official recording of this ambitious and powerful project. We 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 performance was stunning, literally bringing audience members to tears, and went to tape beautifully. The full 90-minute performance was then edited down to around 60 minutes.


  1. Rise
  2. Pov Piti
  3. Song for Eulalie
  4. Kersaia
  5. Libation for Mr. Brown: Bid Em In...
  6. Lulla / Bye
  7. I Am
  8. How Much Would You Cost?


CD comes in a custom gatefold jacket printed on reverse paperboard in full colour.

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