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  • An MVD Exclusive
  • Format: VINYL ALBUM (Reissue)
  • SKU: FPE012
  • UPC: 857827004168
  • Street Date: 04/20/18
  • PreBook Date: 03/16/18
  • Label: FPE Records »
  • Genre: Jazz
  • Run Time: 74 mins
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Audio: STEREO
  • Year of Production: 2017
  • Box Lot: 0
  • Territory: WORLD
  • Language: English

 

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Nicole Mitchell - Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds

A creative music suite that weaves a unique sound fabric where human emotion and the struggles of today swim.

Nicole Mitchell - Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds
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Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds is Nicole Mitchell's second album for Chicago-based FPE Records. Recorded in May of 2015 at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art, it features her longtime collaborators Renee Baker (violin), Tomeka Reid (cello, banjo), Alex Wing (electric guitar, oud) and Jovia Armstrong (percussion), along with new members Tatsu Aoki (bass, shamisen, taiko) and Kojiro Umezaki (shakuhachi). Also in the mix is Chicago artist, scholar and poet avery r young, who brings the her lyrics to life with visceral humanity. Composer and flutist Nicole Mitchell, once hailed by Chicago Reader music critic Peter Margasak as the "greatest living flutist in jazz", continues the work begun when jazz visionary Sun Ra and his Arkestra first touched down on Planet Earth and told humanity that space (outer and inner) is indeed the place. As with contemporary Afrofuturist pioneers like cosmic jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington, post-everything beat maker Flying Lotus, R&B cyborg Janelle Monáe and dystopian noise-rappers Death Grips, she uses Afrofuturism as a platform to launch her own, unique vision. Her vast sound often encompasses contemporary classical, globally oriented fusion, gospel, spoken word, funk-inspired groove research and even brittle shards of avant-rock. Mandorla Awakening II collides dualities such as acoustic vs electric, country vs urban, simple vs complex, while also sounding through intercultural dialogue between Black, European and Pan-Asian improvisational languages. The outcome is a creative music suite that blurs musical styles into recognizable fragments that weave a unique sound fabric, where human emotion and the struggles of today swim.

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  • For fans of: Art Ensemble of Chicago, Sun Ra
  • For fans of: Art Ensemble of Chicago, Sun Ra
  • For fans of: Art Ensemble of Chicago, Sun Ra

Press Quotes

Mitchell's album works through the anxieties of 2017 with a swirling, spiritually charged trip.

     —Chris Barton, LA Times

a collective fever dream, with Mitchell's flute and Umezaki's shakuhachi both aflutter, like two sparrows caught in a wind storm.

     —Nate Chinen, WBGO's Take Five

ambitious, adventuresome, defiant of genres and conventional wisdom and wildly dynamic.

     —Britt Robson, JazzTimes

an epic, encompassing suite whose structural design accommodates contrasts of multiple kinds.

     —Ron Schepper, Textura

...a brilliant storyteller as well as composer-player in contemporary creative music.

     —Kevin Le Gendre, Jazzwise

Mitchell is presenting an optimistic possible future - one in which humanity achieves a more just form of civilization. Perhaps that is what we need given the recent rise of dystopias in our popular fiction and politics.

     —Avant Music News

Mandorla Awakening II underlines the power of Afrofuturism to speak to our present reality.

     —Stewart Smith, The Wire

This vibrant ensemble sometimes coalesces around elements of noise-rock propulsion, or else progressive funk--often in the same track.

     —Seth Colter Walls, Bandcamp Daily

Mitchell's album works through the anxieties of 2017 with a swirling, spiritually charged trip.

     —Chris Barton, LA Times

a collective fever dream, with Mitchell's flute and Umezaki's shakuhachi both aflutter, like two sparrows caught in a wind storm.

     —Nate Chinen, WBGO's Take Five

ambitious, adventuresome, defiant of genres and conventional wisdom and wildly dynamic.

     —Britt Robson, JazzTimes

More exploratory, creative and transcultural than jazz-de-rived (4 stars)

     —John Corbett, Downbeat

...a brilliant storyteller as well as composer-player in contemporary creative music.

     —Kevin Le Gendre, Jazzwise

Mitchell is presenting an optimistic possible future - one in which humanity achieves a more just form of civilization. Perhaps that is what we need given the recent rise of dystopias in our popular fiction and politics.

     —Avant Music News

Mandorla Awakening II underlines the power of Afrofuturism to speak to our present reality.

     —Stewart Smith, The Wire

This vibrant ensemble sometimes coalesces around elements of noise-rock propulsion, or else progressive funk--often in the same track.

     —Seth Colter Walls, Bandcamp Daily

an epic, encompassing suite whose structural design accommodates contrasts of multiple kinds.

     —Ron Schepper, Textura

Mitchell's album works through the anxieties of 2017 with a swirling, spiritually charged trip.

     —Chris Barton, LA Times

a collective fever dream, with Mitchell's flute and Umezaki's shakuhachi both aflutter, like two sparrows caught in a wind storm.

     —Nate Chinen, WBGO's Take Five

ambitious, adventuresome, defiant of genres and conventional wisdom and wildly dynamic.

     —Britt Robson, JazzTimes

More exploratory, creative and transcultural than jazz-de-rived (4 stars)

     —John Corbett, Downbeat

...a brilliant storyteller as well as composer-player in contemporary creative music.

     —Kevin Le Gendre, Jazzwise

Mitchell is presenting an optimistic possible future - one in which humanity achieves a more just form of civilization. Perhaps that is what we need given the recent rise of dystopias in our popular fiction and politics.

     —Avant Music News

Mandorla Awakening II underlines the power of Afrofuturism to speak to our present reality.

     —Stewart Smith, The Wire

This vibrant ensemble sometimes coalesces around elements of noise-rock propulsion, or else progressive funk--often in the same track.

     —Seth Colter Walls, Bandcamp Daily

an epic, encompassing suite whose structural design accommodates contrasts of multiple kinds.

     —Ron Schepper, Textura

  

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