Matana Roberts: Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile
Chicago composer, alto saxophonist and sound artist Roberts plays in her hometown for the first time in years, performing the second chapter of her ambitious American-history-focused epic, Coin Coin. Roberts first made her mark in the collective trio Sticks & Stones, and has since developed an artistic practice that is both boundless and rigorous. Although Roberts played earlier versions of Mississippi Moonchile here, this will be the first performance since releasing a recording of the piece for Montreal’s Constellation Records last year. The 18-section suite draws explicitly from the composer’s deep roots in jazz. The Jazz Links Ensemble features Jacari Lobbins (piano), Dorian Martin (saxophone), Charles Sullivan (trombone), Kamil Banks (trumpet), Makhi Junes (bass), Prentiss Rogers (drums).