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Thomas, Pat & Matana Roberts: The Truth [VINYL] (Otoroku)

A first-time encounter between saxophonist Matana Roberts and pianist Pat Thomas, performing live at London's Cafe OTO in 2018, with three short works opening the album as the duo develop their language, the 2nd side presenting an extended improvisation where both players go deeper into their dialog, each showing determination and great self-discipline.
 

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Screen printed Kraftboard sleeve, die cut to reveal photographs taken by Dawid Laskowski and Fabio Luguro. Limited edition of 500 copies. 180 gram vinyl.

UPC: 5055869582964

Label: Otoroku
Catalog ID: ROKU 024LP
Squidco Product Code: 29835

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: UK
Packaging: Vinyl LP, Screen printed Kraftboard sleeve
Recorded live at Cafe Oto on the 8th December 2018 by James Dunn. Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi.


Personnel:

Pat Thomas-piano

Matana Roberts-saxophone

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Artist Biographies:

"Born 27 July 1960; Piano, electronics. Pat Thomas started playing at the age of 8 and studied classical music and played reggae. He began playing jazz at sixteen after seeing Oscar Peterson on television then listened to snatches of jazz on the radio before, in 1979, playing his first serious improvised gigs. From 1986 he played with Ghosts which was Pete McPhail and Matt Lewis.

In addition to programming his keyboards, Pat Thomas also utilises prerecorded tapes. He told Chris Blackford (1991), 'As far as the tapes are concerned I'll probably just sit in front of the TV and tape whatever's going on and so some editing afterward to decide what might be useful. ...But I don't actually put a label on each tape saying what's on there, so when I come to use them I don't know what I'm going to be playing. That obviously prevents me from setting things up. I pick them at random and see what happens. So I'm just as surprised as anybody else at what comes out'.

In 1988 he was awarded an Arts Council Jazz Bursary to write three new electroacoustic compositions for his ten-piece ensemble, Monads: Roger Turner and Matt Lewis, percussion; Pete McPhail, WX7 wind synthesizer; Neil Palmer, turntables; Phil Minton, voice; Phil Durrant, violin; Marcio Mattos, bass; Jon Corbett, trumpet; Geoff Searle, drum machines. The intention was to feature different aspects of electronics using improvisation so, for example, one piece - Dialogue - featured Pete McPhail and Neil Palmer, another concentrated on the interaction of percussionists and drum machines, and a third piece had Phil Minton and Jon Corbett improvising with a computer. The pieces were performed at the Crawley Outside-In Festival of new music in 1989.

Pat Thomas was invited by Derek Bailey to play in Company Week in 1990 and 1991 and he also took part in the Ist International Symposium for Free Improvisation in Bremen with the guitarist. He has been a member of the Tony Oxley Quartet (documented on Incus CD 15) and played in Oxley's Angular Apron along with Larry Stabbins, Manfred Schoof and Sirone at the 8th Ruhr Jazz Meeting and in the percussionist's Celebration Orchestra. He plays with Lol Coxhill in a range of combinations from duo to being a member of 'Before my time', is a member of Mike Cooper's Continental Drift, and he has a well established duo with percussionist Mark Sanders and a trio with Steve Beresford and Francine Luce. In 1992 Pat Thomas formed the quartet Scatter with Phil Minton, Roger Turner and Dave Tucker; funded by the Arts Council they toured the UK in 1993 and again at the beginning of 1997.

On the 'Festival circuit', Pat Thomas has appeared at: the Young Improvisors Festival at the Korzo Theatre, Den Haag (with Jim O'Rourke, Mats Gustafsson and Alexander Frangenheim); Angelica 95 in Bologna, Italy; the Stuttgart 5th Festival of Improvised Music 96 (with Fred Frith, Shelly Hirsch, Carlos Zingaro and others); and the 3rd International Festival 96 in Budapest (with Evan Parker, Phil Minton, John Russell and Roger Turner).

-EFI (http://www.efi.group.shef.ac.uk/mthomas.html)
10/20/2021

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"Roberts has been called "a major talent" (The Wire) and "the spokeswoman for a new, politically conscious and refractory Jazz scene" (Jazzthetik). Her Coin Coin work has been widely and highly praised for its stylistic innovations and narrative power. Noted music critic Peter Margasak has written of Coin Coin: "Memory is a powerful thing, but it's so private, fluid, and unreliable that it can seem almost impossible to capture in a work of art-and history is often no more stable, once you look closely enough. Roberts has succeeded at evoking both, though, and gives her audience a long look at something ghostly, tragic, and beautiful. She is carving out her own aesthetic space, startling in its originality and gripping in its historic and social power."

A self-taught mixed media composer, the Chicago-born Roberts earned two degrees in performance from a smattering of American institutions but received her primary training from free arts programs in the American Public School System.

She is a past member of the Black Rock Coalition (BRC) and The Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). She has been a Van Lier Fellow, a Brecht Forum Fellow, a Copeland Fellow, a Jerome fellow, an ICASP fellow, an FCA awardee, and an Alpert Award In The Arts winner. She is also a recipient of the Doris Duke Impact Award and the Doris Duke Artist Award. She has been invited to teach, lecture, run workshops and/or take up artistic residencies in countless places under different conditions and with diverse communities over the past decade and is a past faculty member of the Banff Creative Music Workshop, Rhythmic Music Conservatory, School for Improvised Music, and Bard College.

Throughout the summer of 2015, Roberts engaged in a series of open-ended public explorations as part of an extended residency at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She titled this series of research-based sound excavations i call america, building on the title of the Whitney's inaugural exhibition, America Is Hard to See. Building on this work she has gone on to present three public exhibitions of her graphic score work, including i call america II in 2016 and "jump at the sun..." in 2018 at the Fridman Gallery in NYC. The first European exhibition of her work happened at the Bergen Kunsthall in Bergen Norway, 2018.

In 2015 she collaborated with the filmmaker Laura Hanna on a film short entitled CODE: Stop & Frisk. From this work in 2016, she began to organize public art talks and concert fundraisers that contributed to the families of victims of police brutality. In 2017 she built off this work creating a mixed media work for a 32 piece chorus, entitled "...breathe...". It was premiered in Berlin, Germany as part of the No festival, sharing the bill with Pussy Riot. The piece was then premiered in NYC also in 2017, at the Roulette Intermedium.

In 2015 Roberts began her "In Memorium" series, initiated by an interaction with Eva Hesse's sculpture untiled no. 1 at the Whitney Museum. In 2016 the Michael Rosenfeld Gallery commissioned a piece for saxophone septet called "its all a damn game," which was created in conversation with Andrews' artwork and writing. Next in the series was a mixed media piece for chorus, commissioned by the Berlin Jazz Festival, entitled "For Pina", based on the work of dance legend Pina Bausch. In 2017 she performed an in memorium interaction with Louise Bourgeois's Spider that was on view as part of the exhibition Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait.

In 2017 Roberts also presented solo work in conjunction with the exhibition COSMOPOLIS #1 COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE at the Centre Pompidou. In 2018 Roberts presented another new mixed media piece for drum choir at the Park Avenue Armory, NYC. Also in 2018 Roberts toured alongside British sound artist Kelly Jayne Jones, in a collaborative piece that combined different elements of their mixed media practices.

Roberts has played with and alongside Rob Mazurek, Myra Melford, Vijay Iyer, Roscoe Mitchell, Greg Tate, Nicole Mitchell, Henry Grimes, Kyp Malone, Meshell N' degeocello, Jayne Cortez, Seb Rochford, Fred Anderson, Latasha Diggs, George Lewis, Craig Taborn, Tyshawn Sorey, David Berhman, Kyp Malone, Pat Thomas, Pauline Oliveros, Reg E. Gaines, Daniel Givens, Savion Glover, Anthony Braxton, Kid Lucky, Liberty Ellman, Amina Claudine Meyers, Jeff Parker, Handsome Furs, Robert Mitchell, Quest Love, Julius Hemphill Sextet, Merce Cunningham, Okkyung Lee, Joe Maneri, Beans, Bill T Jones, Josh Abrams, Chad Taylor, Dave Douglas and John Herndon, John King, among many others. She has recorded as a guest musician with rock, pop, and electronic groups as diverse as Godspeed You! Black Emperor, TV On The Radio, Savath & Savalas, Thee Silver Mt. Zion, Deerhoof and performance artists My Barbarian. She also continues to work as a sidewoman on a plethora of collaborative projects exploring a variety of artistic mediums.

Since the release of her last record, she has been extensively traveling, exploring parts of the American south, western Europe, Africa, Indonesia, and India by air, train, and water. These voyages have allowed her to build on a personal archive of experience which has inspired much of her work to date, with a thematic focus on migration, memory, sound, and the place of history in uncertain times. Roberts is also a 2019 DAAD fellow in music composition.

Of her work, Matana says the following: "At my artistic core, I am firmly dedicated to creating a unique and very personal body of sound work that speaks to, and reminds people of all walks of life to reach, stand up, give voice, regardless of difference, created from mere labels of intellectual classification. In my ideal world the idea of 'difference', is an illusion designed only for modern economic division and elitist intellectual hierarchy. Through my life's work, I stand creatively in defiance." "

-Matana Roberts Website (http://cstrecords.com/artist/matana-roberts/)
10/20/2021

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track listing:


Side A



1. Part 1

2. Part 2

3. Part 3



Side B



1. Part 4
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Pat Thomas is one of the most extraordinary pianists of our time. In a first-time duo with saxophonist Matana Roberts, the lyricism of his distinctly dexterous and curious approach to the piano paints pathways for Robert's poignantly vocal saxophone. Together the two speak; locked grooves and neat switchbacks on the keys form dialogue with long deliberate lines on the alto, punctuated by Roberts' ecstatic vocalizations.

The trio of improvised pieces which make up the record's first side are rich phrases, pitched at each end of the piano and stretched and pulled by Pat. His simple, repetitive cycles yield space and color for Robert's song, then let sounds build to a flourish; an armed run on the keys and some wonderfully soft landings.

The second side, a whole part in itself, goes deeper -- hammered armfuls of piano and torn top breath blasting from Roberts fall in a flutter of delicate keystrokes. Call and response halves collide in a wonderful thunder before finding the edge of another line to hang onto. There is a remarkable sense of purpose, precision and restraint at play, as well as a peaceful milieu, which no doubt stems from the two players' fierce individual intelligence, creativity and curiosity."-Otoroku


Screen printed Kraftboard sleeve, die cut to reveal photographs taken by Dawid Laskowski and Fabio Luguro. Limited edition of 500 copies. 180 gram vinyl.
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