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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 ...

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Nicole Mitchell Intergalactic Beings: Xenogenesis II

Nicole Mitchell Intergalactic Beings:  Xenogenesis II

Inspired by the seminal Afrofuturist science-fiction writer Octavia Butler, flutist and composer Nicole Mitchell evokes a journey into the unknown in the second chapter of her Xenogenesis Suite, “Intergalactic Beings." Mitchell composed “Intergalactic Beings" for her Black Earth Ensemble, an improvising chamber orchestra, and taps into the emotional and surreal qualities of Butler's alien abduction tale ...

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Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble: Xenogenesis Suite: A Tribute to Octavia Butler

Read "Xenogenesis Suite: A Tribute to Octavia Butler" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk



The words ‘flute’ and ‘vocals’ on the back of a jazz record can suggest something fairly specific, something that is, well, fine for those who like it. But the combination needn’t necessitate an easy listen and if anyone in recent memory was likely to break the mold, it was Chicago’s Nicole Mitchell.


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Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble: Xenogenesis Suite: A Tribute to Octavia Butler

Read "Xenogenesis Suite: A Tribute to Octavia Butler" reviewed by John Sharpe

Expectations must have been confounded in the premiere of flutist Nicole Mitchell's Xenogenesis Suite at the 2007 Vision Festival. Presented here in a crisply recorded version from the Firehouse 12 studio the previous day, the suite is a far cry from her previous Festival appearance with a freewheeling trio in 2005, and very different again from ...

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Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble: Xenogenesis Suite: A Tribute To Octavia Butler

Read "Xenogenesis Suite: A Tribute To Octavia Butler" reviewed by Nic Jones

There's both a buzz and an independence about flautist Nicole Mitchell. Xenogenesis Suite: A Tribute To Octavia Butler is her second disc for a label other than her own and it marks the arrival of a singular talent for whom the future holds much promise. That said there's a pervasive anxiety in this music that can ...

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Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble: Xenogenesis Suite: A Tribute to Octavia Butler

Read "Xenogenesis Suite: A Tribute to Octavia Butler" reviewed by Troy Collins

The most important jazz flutist of her generation, Nicole Mitchell reveals another facet of her diverse musical persona on Xenogenesis Suite. Inspired by the work of Hugo award winning Afro-Futurist science fiction author Octavia Butler (1947-2006), Mitchell transposes Butler's words into an abstract sonic travelogue. Breathlessly vivacious and boldly creative, it is Mitchell's most experimental and ...

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Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble: Black Unstoppable

Read "Black Unstoppable" reviewed by Troy Collins

Co-President of the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians) and voted Down Beat Magazine's # 1 Rising Star Flutist for the past two years, Nicole Mitchell is the most significant jazz flutist of her generation.

A former student of flutist James Newton, Mitchell is a peerless improviser, having fully absorbed the extended vocal techniques ...

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Chicago Premier of "Xenogenesis Suite: A Tribute to Octavia Butler" by Flutist/Composer Nicole Mitchell

Chicago Premier of "Xenogenesis Suite:  A Tribute to Octavia Butler" by Flutist/Composer Nicole Mitchell

Performed for the first time in Chicago by Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble, “Xenogenesis Suite: A Tribute to Octavia Butler" will take you on a musical excursion of the otherworldly kind on Friday, December 7, 2007 at 7PM in the Cassidy Theater of the Chicago Cultural Center located at 78 East Washington Boulevard. Inspired by the ...