I meant to post about a recent notice from the Bop Shop, but the weekend got away from me, so this is VERY short notice. The Bop Shop is presenting a solo performance by saxophonist/clarinetist Mantana Roberts is playing tonight in the Village Gate atrium this evening . Mantana Roberts comes out of my former home-town Chicago's AACM (Association for Advancement of Creative Musicians) school. I'll let the write up sent out from the Bop Shop continue the description of Roberts:
Her alto playing is strong, fiery, lyrical and passionate. She has emerged as one of the most distinctive young voices to come out of the AACM in recent years. She's released two excellent recordings with the trio Sticks And Stones (with bassist Josh Abrams and drummer Chad Taylor) and has had a recent limited edition recording (The Calling) by her quartet issued by U-Tech Records. She's also a member of the visionary NYC-based arkestra Burnt Sugar Roberts is a player with scope and vision and seems a willing collaborator with many different musicians. She's shared the stage and recorded with a host of unique and powerful players: saxophone masters Fred Anderson, Steve Lacy, Peter Brotzmann, guitar genius/loony Eugene Chadbourne, original Sun Ra drummer Robert Barry, Canadian avant-rock ensemble Godspeed You, Black Emperor and many others. She feels strongly that her music should not only reflect the many colors and moods of universal human emotions, but that it should also testify, critique, document and respond to the many socio-economic, historical, and cultural inequalities that exist not only in this country but all over the world. She also seeks to expose in her music the mystical roots and spiritual traditions of African American creative expression while at the same time reflecting on the struggles and challenges one must battle in order to be a creative woman of color in the 21st century.
The show begins at 8pm and there is a suggested donation of $8. Please get out and support the Bop Shop's efforts. Tom Kohn and his crew present some great music in that space and at Milestones, including some great jazz.