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Chicago flautist Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble in a release inspired by the work of Afrofuturist writer Octavia Butler; powerful, dissonant and intense performances.

Mitchell, Nicole Black Earth Ensemble's
Xenogenesis Suite

Mitchell, Nicole Black Earth Ensemble's: Xenogenesis Suite (Firehouse 12 Records)
Label: Firehouse 12 Records    
Released in: USA    

"Xenogenesis Suite: A Tribute to Octavia Butler is the new studio recording of Chicago-based flutist/composer Nicole Mitchell's extended work of the same name, inspired by the work of Afrofuturist writer Octavia Butler (1947 - 2006), a Hugo, Locus and Nebula Award winner and the first science fiction author to receive the MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Grant. The piece, realized by her decade-old group, Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble, received its world premiere in June 2007 at the 12th annual Vision Festival in New York and was performed again at the Chicago Cultural Center in December 2007.

"Brooding and sometimes harrowing," explains the Chicago Reader's Peter Margasak in an August 2007 feature article, "[Xenogenesis Suite] combines lyrics and nonverbal vocals with jagged, dissonant instrumental arrangements to convey the story of a black woman abducted by aliens after humanity nearly kills itself off in a nuclear war - her captors need to interbreed with other species to remain genetically viable, and she's asked to recruit other humans to help."

Critics called have called the piece "dense, dramatic and daring" (Howard Mandel,, "haunting and extraordinarily moving" (Marc Medwin, and "reminiscent of some of the best work of Sun Ra, The Art Ensemble of Chicago or Horace Tapscott and the Pan Afrikan People's Arkestra" (Dr. Saïs Kamalidiin, Time Out Chicago's Matthew Lurie adds, "If only every high-achieving author had a champion this imaginative."-Firehouse 12

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Product Information:

UPC: 616892949626

Label: Firehouse 12 Records
Catalog ID: FH12-04-01-006
Squidco Product Code: 12769

Format: CD
Condition: Sale (New)
Released: 2008
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack - 3 panel
Commissioned by Chamber Music America's New Works Presentation program funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Foundation. Recorded June 20, 2007 at Firehouse 12 in New Haven, CT


Mankwe Ndosi-voice

Nicole Mitchell-flute

David Young-trumpet

David Boykin-tenor saxophone

Tomeka Reid-cello

Justin Dillard-piano

Josh Abrams-bass

Marcus Evans-drumset

Avreeayl Ra-percussion

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Track Listing:

1. Wonder 5:05

2. Transtition A 5:54

3. Smell of Fear 5:38

4. Sequence Shadows 4:44

5. Oankali 4:26

6. Adrenalin 5:45

7. Transition C 5:51

8. Before and After 6:41

9. Dawn of a New Life 7:02

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