OUTLANDS #1  MAY 2018

MATANA ROBERTS & KELLY JAYNE JONES

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.
— Ben Beaumont-Thomas, The Guardian

MATANA ROBERTS & 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.

 Design by Joe Gilmore

Design by Joe Gilmore


This tour was commissioned by OUTLANDS, produced by Qu Junktions and supported by Arts Council England and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.