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MATANA ROBERTS PHOENIX: a radical exploration of sight/sound/journey


VENUE ADDRESS: 1639 18th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404
CONTACT:  Amber Jones
PHONE: 310-453-3711 103 or 108
CONTACT EMAIL:  ajones@18thstreet.org

MATANA ROBERTS PHOENIX: A Radical Exploration of Sight/Sound/Journey

 Matana Roberts: Saxophone, composition

Jeff Parker: Electric guitar

Alex Cline: Drums

Friday, February 17, 2012

8:00 pm

The Edye Second Space at the Broad Stage

Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center

1310 11th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401

 Santa Monica, CA-18th Street Arts Center is pleased to announce internationally recognized saxophonist, composer and sound conceptualist, Matana Roberts in concert at the Edye Second Space at the Broad Stage in the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center on February 17th at 8 pm. Roberts and her dynamic ensemble will premiere her latest original works in an intimate performance.

 More than a jazz musician, Roberts is an artist who translates images, memories and personal experiences into avant-garde compositions. Inspired by her own African American genealogy and oral traditions, as well as the roots and history of the New Orleans jazz scene, Roberts’ pieces are often musical journeys through time and space. By using improvisational sound techniques and visual elements, Roberts gives her audience an electric, multi-sensory experience.

Chicago-born and New York-based, Roberts has performed across the U.S., Europe, and Canada and has recorded five solo albums and numerous collaborative projects. Investigating various forms of performance, she has created alongside visionary experimentalists in the disciplines of dance, poetry, visual art and theater. Roberts is the first recipient of the 18th Street Arts Center’s Make-Jazz Residency funded by the Herb Alpert Foundation.

While free and open to the public, this event has limited seating. Reservations required by February 14, 2012.


RSVP by February14, 2012 at rsvp@18thstreet.org


For press passes and inquiries please contact Amber Jones, 310-453-3711 Ext 108, ajones@18thstreet.org



18th Street Arts Center is a community which values contemporary art making as an essential part of a vibrant, just and healthy society. Its mission to provoke public dialogue through contemporary art making.

18th Street Arts Center supports the work of individual artists and nonprofit arts organizations and fosters the public’s engagement with a spectrum of approaches to contemporary ideas that reflects the cultural richness of the region.  Focusing on financial and technical support of the creative projects by California artists, 18th Street maintains three programs that reflect its mission: a Residency Program, a Visiting Artist-in-Residence Program, and a Public Events and Presenting Program.

Gallery hours: Monday – Friday, 11 am – 6 pm

For more information visit www.18thstreet.org


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