Listen to the title track from Duets for Abdelrazik, a musical collaboration between celebrated jazz saxophonist Matana Roberts and pianist/community activist Stefan Christoff.
Recorded in 2010 at Hotel2Tango studios in Montreal, on a freezing winter morning by Thierry Amar, this duet sparked a creative process leading to the Duets for Abdelrazik album, released on 06/2012 at the Suoni per il Popolo (photos).
Duets for Abdelrazik features the artistic work of community-driven musicians in Montreal, for a series of beautiful collective compositions, that express musical solidarity with the struggle of Abousfian Abdelrazik for justice, attempting to speak artistically to the incredible humanity of Abdelrazik’s struggle against government-driven injustice, torture and imprisonment without trial.
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Matana (mah-tah-nah) Roberts; internationally recognized, chicago born saxophonist/multidisciplinary sound conceptualist; working in various mediums of performance inquiry; has created alongside visionary experimentalists of this time period in various areas of improvisation, dance, poetry, visual art, theater; as a saxophonist, documented on various sound recordings as collaborator, side woman and leader. some recent work focused on the place/problem of memory/tradition as recognized, deciphered, deconstructed, interrogated through radical modes of sound communication, alternative styles of musical notation, and multi genres of improvisation; based in new york city.
Stefan Christoff is a Montreal-based musician, writer and community activist.