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Nicole Mitchell: Maroon Cloud

Read "Maroon Cloud" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Un quartetto alquanto anomalo, di stampo sostanzialmente cameristico, ripreso dal vivo al National Sawdust di Brooklyn a fine marzo 2017, cuce insieme quest'ambizioso lavoro commissionato a Nicole Mitchell da John Zorn e dedicato ai maroon (in italiano cimarroni), cioè quei gruppi di africani deportati (o loro discendenti) che a partire dal sedicesimo secolo, in particolare nei ...

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Nicole Mitchell: Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds

Read "Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Composer and flutist Nicole Mitchell has released her magnum opus with the provocative and stirring Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds. The single suite is a musical dramatization of the futuristic allegory that Mitchell wrote for the album. It is a short story set in the year 2099 and is about the symbolic struggle between the decaying ...

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Nicole Mitchell: Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds

Read "Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

All'origine vi è una novella scritta dalla stessa Nicole Mitchell, ambientata in un futuro prossimo, su di un'isola denominata Mandorla situata nell'Oceano Atlantico, dove prospera una società basata sull'armonia e sul rispetto della natura. E non poteva che essere il Black Earth Ensemble con i suoi formidabili musicisti, da sempre la formazione di Mitchell più legata ...

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Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble: Intergalactic Beings

Read "Intergalactic Beings" reviewed by John Sharpe

Intergalactic Beings forms the second chapter in flutist Nicole Mitchell's science fiction derived discographical strand. Like the first, Xenogenesis Suite (Firehouse 12, 2008), it showcases Mitchell the composer, again drawing her inspiration from the Afrofuturist novels of Octavia Butler, in which survivors of nuclear holocaust are plucked from earth by aliens who believe that interbreeding is ...