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INTERVIEW: Matana Roberts

Eric Lewis, Matana Roberts

Published: 2010-08-14

An interview with Matana Roberts in which she discusses her use of historical and familial narratives, along with improvisation, in the Coin Coin performance project.

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Improvisation is, simply put, being and living this very moment. No one can hide in music, and improvising in music is to be truly in this very moment and being completely yourself, with all your qualities and faults. It is probably the most honest state for a human being to be in.

– John McLaughlin in an interview with Daniel Fischlin.