KARST - Matana Roberts and Kelly Jayne Jones

Outlands #1 ‘Matana Roberts and Kelly Jayne Jones’


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, undertook a new live collaboration – the first in a series of special live shows programmed by Outlands.

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.

Roberts and Jones 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.