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Nicole Mitchell's Liberation Narratives at Saint Louis University
Xavier Hall University Theatre, Saint Louis University
St. Louis, MO
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Nicole Mitchell's Liberation Narratives at Saint Louis University
Saturday, March 16th, 2019 | 7pm Doors / 8pm Show
Xavier Hall, St. Louis University  (3733 West Pine Mall 63108)

Marcus Evans, drums
Joshua Abrams, bass
Miguel de la Cerna, piano
Haki R. Madhubuti, poetry, spoken word
Nicole Mitchell, flute

One of Chicagos 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, and Muhal Richard Abrams.

One of very few African American women jazz instrumentalists, Mitchell also works on ongoing projects with Hamid Drake, Rob Mazurek, and Arveeayl Ra. Mitchell was honored to be charted #1 in Downbeat magazine Critics 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.

Liberation Narratives is Nicole Mitchells latest project, a collaboration with poet Haki Madhubuti. His Liberation Narratives: New And Collected Poems 1966-2009 is the catalyst for this project made just days after the election of Mr. Trump. Not since Kip Hanrahans Conjure Music For The Texts Of Ishmael Reed (American Clavé, 1984) has an investigation of an African-American poet been this powerful. Madhubutis poetry, which hasnt been recorded with accompaniment since the 1970s (with Geri Allen), provides an unabashed take on the state of the nation, and is a call for leadership and responsibility. He delivers his powerful spoken message set to Mitchells music, where her flute is ever present.


Xavier Hall University Theatre, Saint Louis University (View)
3733 West Pine Mall, 63108
St. Louis, MO 63108
United States


Arts > Performance
Music > Jazz

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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