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A 'Widely Praised Soloist' (Chicago Tribune), Nicole Mitchell is one of few African American women to take the path as a creative instrumentalist, composer and bandleader. As a jazz flutist, she has been a Downbeat magazine's Critic's Poll winner for Rising Star Flutist from 2001-2004. Her life is dedicated to sharing the spiritual power of music in an effort to create visionary worlds and to bring healing.
An exciting younger member of the Association for the advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), Mitchell explores new sounds and creative techniques as a flutist and as a composer. She has performed with world-renowned musicians including George Lewis, James Newton, Leroy Jenkins, Ari Brown, Jeff Parker and Malachi Favors. Mitchell also works in ongoing projects with Hamid Drake, David Boykin, Harrison Bankhead, Ed Wilkerson Jr. and Arveeayl Ra. Since 2001, Nicole Mitchell has performed in international cities of Milan, Bologna, Rome, Verona, Paris, Beirut, and Munich. She also performed at the Moscow Jazz Festival and in Yaroslavo, Russia and brought her celebrated group Black Earth Ensemble to perform in the Nouve Forme Festival in Verona.
In the U.S., Mitchell has performed in New York, Minneapolis, and at various festivals and art venues throughout the Midwest, including the Chicago Jazz Festival, the African Festival of the Arts, the Chicago Symphony Center, The Chicago Cultural Center, the HotHouse, The Walker Art Center and the Velvet Lounge. Black Earth Ensemble is a forum for Mitchell's compositions and creative vision. Black Earth is a multi-genre celebration of the African American cultural legacy. Mitchell's compositions embrace the ancient past and paint visions of a positive future, interweaving the feelings of blues, bebop, swing, eastern modes, classical melodies and African rhythms.
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