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Carnegie Hall Presents

Nicole Mitchell
Angel Bat Dawid

Thursday, February 24, 2022 7:30 PM Zankel Hall
Nicole Mitchell by Michael Jackson, Angel Bat Dawid by Cristina Marx
Innovative flutist and composer Nicole Mitchell—praised for making music that is “exciting, invigorating, and keeps you on the edge of your seat” (New York Amsterdam News)—brings her Black Earth Ensemble to perform Xenogenesis Suite, inspired by renowned Afrofuturist author Octavia E. Butler. The former first woman president of Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, Mitchell celebrates endless possibility by creating what she calls “visionary worlds through music that bridge the familiar with the unknown.” Angel Bat Dawid—the “blazingly original” Chicago-based clarinetist and bandleader who “captures the unbridled sound of obstacles overcome, history revered, and a future imagined” (Pitchfork)—joins forces with LuFuki and Dr. Adam Zanolini to form Autophysiopsychic Millennium, exploring the performance methodology of instrumentalist and composer Dr. Yusef Lateef in what they describe as an Afrofuturist Participatory Sonic Convocation. 

Part of: Afrofuturism

Performers

Nicole Mitchell
Black Earth Ensemble

Angel Bat Dawid
LuFuki
Dr. Adam Zanolini

Event Duration

The concert will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.

Listen to Selected Works

Howard Gilman and Bank of America logos.

Support for Afrofuturism is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation and Bank of America.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Support for the visual arts components of the Afrofuturism festival has been provided by the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation.

Bios

Nicole Mitchell

Nicole Mitchell is a creative flautist, conceptualist, and composer who emerged from Chicago’s creative music community. She is the former first woman president of the Association for  ...

Nicole Mitchell is a creative flautist, conceptualist, and composer who emerged from Chicago’s creative music community. She is the former first woman president of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), a Doris Duke Artist, and United States Artist. For more than 20 years, Mitchell has created worlds that bridge the familiar with the unknown through her Black Earth Ensemble. She also composes for contemporary ensembles of varied instrumentation and size while incorporating improvisation and a wide aesthetic expression. She developed a unique improvisational language that has repeatedly earned her “Top Flutist of the Year” recognition by DownBeat Critics Poll and the Jazz Journalists Association. Her creative process is informed by literature and narrative, with a special interest in science fiction. As a composer, she has been commissioned by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Music NOW, French Ministry of Culture, Fromm Music Foundation, Chamber Music America, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Newport Jazz Festival, Art Institute of Chicago, French-American Jazz Exchange, Chicago Jazz Festival, and Chicago Sinfonietta. Mitchell currently teaches at the University of Pittsburgh as the Williams S. Dietrich II Chair and Director of Jazz Studies. 

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Angel Bat Dawid

Angel Bat Dawid is a Black American composer, improviser, clarinetist, pianist, vocalist, educator, and DJ. Her critically acclaimed album The Oracle, recorded using only her cell ...

Angel Bat Dawid is a Black American composer, improviser, clarinetist, pianist, vocalist, educator, and DJ. Her critically acclaimed album The Oracle, recorded using only her cell phone in various locations, has been featured in Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, and many other publications. Dawid composed and premiered Requiem for Jazz at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival and Peace: A Suite for Skylanding, commissioned by the Art Institute of Chicago for Yoko Ono’s outdoor Skylanding installation. Dawid also tours internationally with her septet Tha Brothahood, whose album LIVE made NPR’s “Best of 2020” list. Dawid leads the all-woman trio Sistazz of the Nitty Gritty with bassist Brooklynn Skye Scott and pianist Anaiet Sivad. As half of the duo group DAOUI, Dawid and sound artist Oui Ennui produced, mixed, and self-released the album Message from the DAOUI, which was featured at the 2020 TUSK Festival. As an educator, Dawid teaches her “Great Black Music” course at Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center through Old Town School of Folk Music. She is also clarinetist in Damon Locks’s Black Monument Ensemble, as well as host of a monthly music show on NTS Radio. Dawid was recently honored as the 2021 “Chicagoan of the Year in Jazz” by the Chicago Tribune.

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