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Matana Roberts Receives Doris Duke Impact Award

Matana Robertsis one of 20 individuals in the first class of Doris Duke Impact Awards, presented by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Roberts, a 2003 graduate of New England Conservatory, will receive an unrestricted cash grant of as much as $80,000.

The Impact Awards were announced April 22, alongside the third class of Doris Duke Artist Awards since the program’s 2012 launch. NEC alumnus Don Byron was among the initial group of Artist Award recipients. Over the next five years the Doris Duke Foundation will fund the work of 100 “artists who have influenced and are helping to move forward the fields of dance, jazz and/or theatre,” through the Impact Awards, according to a statement from the Foundation.

Born in Chicago, alto saxophonist/composer Matana Roberts has been based in New York City since completing her master’s degree at NEC. She works in many performance/sound mediums including improvisation, dance, poetry, and theater, and aims to expose the mystical roots and the intuitive spirit raising traditions of American creative expression in her music.

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