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”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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November 17, 2013

Nicole Mitchell Premieres Collaborative Multi-Arts "Mandorla Awakening"...

April 18, 2013

Nicole Mitchell, Jason Hwang And Kamala Sankaram Premiere New Music...

January 20, 2012

Chicago Flutist and Composer Nicole Mitchell Relocates to Los Angeles...

December 22, 2011

Nicole Mitchell premieres New Orchestra Work, Harambee: The Road to...

December 05, 2011

Nicole Mitchell's New Orchestra Premiere: Flight for Freedom on...

August 16, 2011

Nicole Mitchell's "Awakening": Flautist on Top

July 16, 2011

Nicole Mitchell - Awakening (2011)

June 12, 2011

Nicole Mitchell - Awakening (Delmark Records, 2011)

April 14, 2010

Nicole Mitchell Intergalactic Beings: Xenogenesis II

November 10, 2009

Announcing the Winners of the "Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Strings -...

October 11, 2009

Enter the Delmark "Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Strings - Renegades"...

July 06, 2009

Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Strings' Recording Debut- Delmark CD...

December 08, 2008

Flutist Nicole Mitchell's Sonic Projections at the Stone

July 04, 2008

This July 4th Weekend, Celebrate Your Right to Free Jazz

June 15, 2008

Black Earth Ensemble New Sci-Fi Inspired CD

April 28, 2008

Nicole Mitchell's Xenogenesis Suite Released Today on Firehouse 12...

April 16, 2008

Hothouse Relaunches Creative Jazz Programming

December 03, 2007

Chicago Premier of "Xenogenesis Suite: A Tribute to Octavia Butler" by...

May 14, 2007

Nicole Mitchell Interviewed at AAJ

January 26, 2006

Mike Reed Duos With Jim Baker, Nicole Mitchell and Jeff Parker on 482...

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,

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,

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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Masters 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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