On Thursday, April 21st at 8:00pm the .9MileCollaborative will present Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble Xenogenesis: A Tribute to Octavia Butler at Asbury Hall 341 Delaware Ave. Octavia Butler was an outstanding multiple award winning Black woman author of science fiction and African American spiritualism.
Nicole M. Mitchell is an award-winning creative flutist, composer, bandleader and educator. She is perhaps best known for her work as a flutist, having developed a unique improvisational language and having been repeatedly awarded “Top Flutist of the Year” by Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll and the Jazz Journalists Association (2010-2017). Black Earth Ensemble (BEE) is a musical celebration of the African American cultural legacy. Founded and directed in 1998 by creative flutist/composer Nicole Mitchell, The ensemble for this show includes Nicole Mitchell – flute, compositions
Fay Victor – vocals, Darius Jones – alto sax, Joshua White – piano, Chris Williams – trumpet, Teddy Rankin-Parker – cello, Ken Filiano – contrabass, Pheeroan AkLaff – drums.
Nicole Mitchell’s suite Xenogenesis is inspired by the Afrofuturist science fiction writer Octavia Butler. Commissioned by Chamber Music America with the generous support of the Doris Duke Charitable Trust, Mitchell composed a suite that evokes journey into the horrific, yet fascinating unknown. As a woman-directed, co-ed, multi-generational group, it touches a range of emotional spaces rarely expressed in a “jazz” setting.
Tickets $25 general admission, $18 students/seniors, $15 Hallwalls & CMC members. For purchase and info go to hallwalls.org. (The .9mile is a collaboration between Hallwalls and The Colored Musicians Club)