Saxophone Maven Matana Roberts Releases the Chicago Project on Central Control International February 2008


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Produced and Engineered by VIJAY IYER and JOHN McENTIRE (TORTOISE) THE CHICAGO PROJECT Includes an All-Star Cast Including Members of PREFUSE 73 and saxophonist FRED ANDERSON

NOVEMBER 8, 2007 -- BROOKLYN, NY: Central Control International is pleased to present THE CHICAGO PROJECT by MATANA ROBERTS. Matana is a dynamic saxophonist, composer and improviser who exposes in her music the mystical roots and spiritual traditions of African American creative expression.

A Chicago native, Roberts was fortunate enough to be surrounded by elder musicians who showed her by distinct example the importance of listening to one's personal creative voice while at the same time using the profound and many layered traditions of jazz and improvised music to act only as her creative guide, not as her creative definer. Their mentorship has inspired her true artistic individuality.

THE CHICAGO PROJECT is the saxophonist's homage to her home town and features compositions and conceptual material composed by Matana and interpreted by close friends and supporters of her Chicago development in the form of : BASSIST JOSH ABRAMS (Town and Country, Prefuse 73), GUITARIST JEFF PARKER (Tortoise, Chicago Underground Trio) and DRUMMER FRANK ROSALY (Ken Vandermark's Crisis Ensemble). The album was produced and engineered respectively by PIANIST VIJAY IYER and TORTOISE'S JOHN McENTIRE, plus features very special guest saxophonist FRED ANDERSON, who is one of the founding members of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM).

An expert improviser, MATANA ROBERTS playing can be heard on recordings as disparate as GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR Yanqui UXO, SABIR MATEEN Shapes Textures and Sounds Ensemble, DANIEL GIVENS Day Clear and First Dark and works by SAVATH AND SAVALAS a.k.a GUILLERMO SCOTT HERREN of Prefuse 73.

Matana has played alongside such musical and artistic luminaries such as: ROSCOE MITCHELL, OLIVER LAKE, MARTY ERHLICH, EUGENE CHADBOURNE, HENRY GRIMES, BUTCH MORRIS, BEANS, STEVE LACY, LIBERTY ELLMAN and VERNON REID, amongst many others.

MATANA ROBERTS currently lives and performs in New York City and is a member of the AACM. She can be seen performing a midnight set at the Blue Note in New York City on Saturday, November 24, 2007.


London based, Central Control International is the production home of Barry Adamson, former Mute recording artist. Adamson's career spans three decades, membership in seminal bands Magazine and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and several intense film scores for renowned directors including David Lynch and Oliver Stone. From here, Barry Adamson and his team will set out worldwide, to release music, books and films, with a dedication to satisfying a unique take on life by exploring the artist in everyone.

Central Control International is distributed in North America by NAIL Distribution. NAIL Distribution and parent company Allegro Corporation currently distributes some of the most respected independent labels in the world.

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