OUTLANDS #1 Matana Roberts & Kelly Jayne Jones

Date:Fri 11 May
Venue:St Barnabas Church, Cambridge
Price:£11.50 adv

An exciting new live collaboration between internationally renowned US composer, Matana Roberts and British sound artist/improviser Kelly Jayne Jones. The first in a series of special commissions produced by OUTLANDS; a new national experimental music touring network.

A very special series of sonic episodes bringing together US mixed-media composer/saxophonist Matana Roberts & UK improviser and flautist Kelly Jayne Jones: two artists from disparate backgrounds, finding affinity in practices charged by fiercely personal philosophies on sound and its potential within a patchwork of genre, texture and meaning. Roberts and Jones 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.

Matana Roberts is an internationally renowned composer, band leader, saxophonist, sound experimentalist and mixed-media practitioner. Roberts works in many contexts and mediums, including improvisation, dance, poetry, and theatre, and has released a diverse body of solo and ensemble work under her own name on Constellation Records and Central Control over the past decade. She is perhaps best known for her acclaimed Coin Coin project, a multi-chapter work of “panoramic sound quilting” that aims to expose the mystical roots and channel the intuitive spirit-raising traditions of American creative expression while maintaining a deep and substantive engagement with narrativity, history, community and political expression within improvisatory musical structures. Constellation began documenting the Coin Coin project in 2011 and has released the first three of a projected twelve album-length chapters to date.

Kelly Jayne Jones makes use of varying combinations of prepared recordings, text, rocks, found sounds and flute. Her work beckons a tussle with uncertainty, inviting exposure and vulnerability in performance, chasing experiences that open our chasms within, without restraint.

Searching for humble principles of growth; physics; sound, connecting with others in the same space/moment, customary experimental play, with threads and beads of improvisation and interactivity. KJJ has had residencies at Arnolfini in Bristol UK and Kunstalle Bergen, Norway, and has produced commissioned works for Haris Epaminonda at dOCUMENTA13, Tate Modern, ICA London, Schirn Frankfurt, Point Centre Nicosia. She has performed, solo and with part wild horses mane on both sides, at CCA Glasgow, Trieze Gallery Paris, Borealis Festival, Tectonics Reykjavik, Hangar Bicocca in Milan and at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

Commissioned by OUTLANDS, produced by Qu Junktions and supported by Arts Council England and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

For more information about OUTLANDS and this tour visit: www.outlands.network #OutlandsMusic

with support from Threshold Entities

"Matana and Kelly Jayne's performance for OUTLANDS was brilliant and riveting: their overlapping of two spoken voices had a power that vastly outstripped its simplicity as an idea, and the tension they explored through drones, sax, flute and more never faltered despite being heavily improvised. A high-wire, admirably high-minded performance." The Guardian

Please note that this event takes place offsite at St Barnabas Church, Cambridge.

Under 14s must be accompanied by an adult.

All prices shown include booking fees.