Nicole Mitchell is a creative flutist, composer, bandleader and educator, noted as “the most important jazz flutist of her generation” (Troy Collins, allaboutjazz). As the founder of Black Earth Ensemble, Black Earth Strings, Ice Crystal and Sonic Projections, Mitchell has been repeatedly awarded by Downbeat Critics Poll and the Jazz Journalists Association as “Top Flutist of the Year” for the last three years. Mitchell’s music reaches across genres and integrates new ideas with moments in the legacy of jazz, gospel, experimentalism, pop and African percussion through albums such as Black Unstoppable (Delmark, 2007), Awakening (Delmark, 2011), and Xenogenesis Suite: A Tribute to Octavia Butler (Firehouse 12, 2008), which received commissioning support from Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works.
Mitchell formerly served as the first woman president of Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), and has been a member since 1995. In recognition of her impact within the Chicago music and arts education communities, she was named “Chicagoan of the Year” in 2006 by the Chicago Tribune. With her ensembles, as a featured flutist and composer, Mitchell has been a highlight at festivals and art venues throughout Europe, the U.S. and Canada.
Ms. Mitchell is a recipient of the prestigious Alpert Award in the Arts (2011) and has been commissioned by Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, the Ravinia Festival, the Chicago Jazz Festival, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the Chicago Sinfonietta Orchestra and Maggio Fiorentino Chamber Orchestra (Florence, Italy). In 2009, she created Honoring Grace: Michelle Obama for the Jazz Institute of Chicago. She has been a faculty member at the Vancouver Creative Music Institute, the Sherwood Flute Institute, Banff International Jazz Workshop and the University of Illinois, Chicago. Her work has been featured on National Public Radio, and in magazines including Ebony, Downbeat, JazzIz, Jazz Times, Jazz Wise, and American Legacy.
Among the first class of Doris Duke Artists (2012), Mitchell works to raise respect and integrity for the improvised flute, to contribute her innovative voice to the jazz legacy, and to continue the bold and exciting directions that the AACM has charted for decades. With contemporary ensembles of varying instrumentation and size (from solo to orchestra), Mitchell’s mission is to celebrate the power of endless possibility by “creating visionary worlds through music that bridge the familiar and the unknown.” She is endorsed by Powell flutes.
|Cycle of Metamorphosis||Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble||5:21|
|Negotiating Identity||Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble||7:44|
|Web of Hope||Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble||2:50|
|Fields of Possibility||Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble||5:50|
|The Chalice||Nicole Mitchell||2:49|
|Dance of Many Hands||Nicole Mitchell||5:48|
|Dance of Many Hands Drums||Nicole Mitchell||0:43|
|Listening Embrace||Nicole Mitchell||12:06|
|Forestwall Timewalk||Nicole Mitchell||4:54|
|Mandorla Island||Nicole Mitchell||10:22|
|The Ooli Moves||Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble||8:06|
|Dripping Matter||Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble||3:59|
|Resisting Entanglement||Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble||6:19|
|The Inevitable||Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble||9:45|
|The Inevitable Drums||Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble||0:43|
|Phases of Subduction||Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble||10:21|
|Egoes War||Nicole Mitchell||7:36|
|Shiny Divider||Nicole Mitchell||8:06|
|Staircase Struggle||Nicole Mitchell||9:48|