Matana Roberts
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Composer Portraits

For over twenty years, Miller's flagship series has fostered the creation of new work, served as an incubator...

Composer Portraits

Matana Roberts

Thursday, April 7, 2022, 8pm

Miller Theatre at Columbia University

Matana Roberts is an American composer, saxophonist, and creative artist. Their work is visceral, brilliant, relevant, engaging, and challenging; it defies categorization and focuses on sonic experimentation through a multi-faceted, often socially and politically conscious lens. Experience the world premiere commission of a new iteration of I call america: Sandy Speaks, a multimedia work for thirteen improvising musicians written in reflection of Sandra Bland—her life and death.

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  • Matana Roberts composer/performer
  • International Contemporary Ensemble
  • Matt Lavelle bass clarinet and pocket trumpet
  • Maria Grand tenor saxophone
  • Geng/King Vision Ultra wordspeak/sampler
  • Thomas Fujiwara drumset


  • I call america: Sandy Speaks (2019, rev. 2022) world premiere, Miller Theatre commission This work was originally commissioned by the Earle Brown Music Foundation Charitable Trust for TIME:SPANS 2019

Additional Information

Miller Theatre's 2021-22 season is supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, and by the Howard Gilman Foundation.

Support for contemporary music is provided by the Aaron Copland Fund for Music. Additional support is provided by the Amphion Foundation.

Photo by Evan Hunter McKnight