Matana Roberts’ COIN COIN at The Jazz Gallery (July 9, 2011)

From Matana Roberts – COIN COIN – The Jazz Gallery (July 9, 2011)

I’m so happy to have been at The Jazz Gallery tonight to see Matana Roberts’ COIN COIN. She’s an incredible artist and tonight’s performance hit me hard. In fact, by the time she described her great-great-grandfather toward the end, I was in tears thinking about my own grandfather. It’s powerful music that can evoke such a strong reaction. Here are a few photos and tweets from the show.

From Matana Roberts – COIN COIN – The Jazz Gallery (July 9, 2011)

“@matanaroberts playing and speaking a haunting, heart-squeezing poetry at @thejazzgallery. Get here.”

From Matana Roberts – COIN COIN – The Jazz Gallery (July 9, 2011)

“Sometimes this music is Indiana Jones, sometimes it’s the boulder. I’m not sure how Matana is keeping it together, but she is.”

From Matana Roberts – COIN COIN – The Jazz Gallery (July 9, 2011)

“from vanity and lies / from mockery and snarls / from disappointed hopes / from suns gone down at noon” -poetry from @matanaroberts

From Matana Roberts – COIN COIN – The Jazz Gallery (July 9, 2011)

“Whole room at @thejazzgallery singing ‘Because the storm is passing over … Hallelujah’ along with Matana”

From Matana Roberts – COIN COIN – The Jazz Gallery (July 9, 2011)

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