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Nicole Mitchell

Primary Instrument: Flute

Born: February 17, 1967    

”One of Chicago's more inspiring jazz visionaries, “ (Chicago Tribune), Nicole Mitchell is a creative instrumentalist, composer, bandleader and an educator. With her ensembles, and as a featured flutist, she has been a highlight at art venues and festivals throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. A recent recipient of the 2011 Alpert Award and a former president of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), Nicole Mitchell explores new sounds and creative techniques as a flutist and as a composer. She has performed with creative luminaries including George Lewis, Miya Masaoka, Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell, Myra Melford, Orbert Davis, Lori Freedman and Muhal Richard Abrams. One of very few African American women jazz instrumentalists, Mitchell also works on ongoing projects with Hamid Drake, David Boykin, Ed Wilkerson, Dee Alexander, Rob Mazurek, Harrison Bankhead and Arveeayl Ra. Mitchell was honored to be charted #1 in Downbeat magazine Critic’s Poll for Flutist 2010, Flutist of the Year 2010 by Jazz Journalists Association and was named “Chicagoan of the Year 2006” by the Chicago Tribune. Black Earth Ensemble (BEE), and Black Earth Strings (BES), founded by Mitchell, are forums for her compositions and creative vision. Nicole Mitchell is also a recipient of the Illinois Arts Council fellowship for music composition (2005, 2002). Mitchell has been commissioned by the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Chamber Music America, Ravinia, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, the Chicago Jazz Festival and the Jazz Institute of Chicago. Mitchell also does a variety of residencies, workshops and panel discussions in Europe, Canada and the U.S. with a focus on creative music....
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Awards

Alpert Award in the Arts 2011 Downbeat #1 Jazz Flutist 2010 Downbeat #1 Rising Star Jazz Flutist 2005-2009 Jazz Flutist of the Year 2010 (Jazz Journalist Association) Chicagoan of the Year 2006 (Chicago Tribune)
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    Intergalactic Beings

    Fpe Records
    2014
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    Engraved In The Wind

    Rogue Art
    2014
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    Engraved In The Wind

    Delmark Records
    2013
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    Arc Of O For Improvisers, Chamber Orchestra & Electronics

    Delmark Records
    2012
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    Nicole Mitchell: Arc Of O

    Rogue Art
    2012
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    Awakening

    Delmark Records
    2011
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    Emerald Hills

    Rogue Art
    2010
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Intergalactic Beings

Fpe Records (2014)

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The most important jazz flutist of her generation, Nicole Mitchell reveals another facet of her diverse musical persona on Xenogenesis Suite. Conveying a menacing apocalyptic atmosphere without abandoning melody, harmony and structure, Mitchell proves herself an innovative composer, magnanimous band leader and compelling soloist. A surprisingly effective combination of disturbing surrealism delivered with raw emotion and lyrical experimentation, Xenogenesis Suite is an endlessly rewarding listen.
—Troy Collins, AllAboutJazz.com

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.
—Nic Jones, AllAboutJazz.com

One of the highest compliments I can pay to this recording is that I always listen to it from beginning to end, and that I don’t really distinguish between separate tracks...

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Primary InstrumentFlute

LocationChicago, IL

Willing to teachAdvanced students only.

Credentials/BackgroundMasters in Jazz and Classical Flute Performance Has worked with students from kindergarten to college with our without a music background. Has led college jazz ensembles and taught jazz history. Has lectured on topics of creative music, jazz, the AACM, women in music,. Has been a resident guest composer/director for high school, college and professional ensembles.

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