Nicole Mitchell

Nicole Mitchell and Black Earth SWAY

October 15, 2022

The innovative flutist and champion of new music returns to the Hop alongside her ensemble with a dazzling performance.

22/23 Hop Presents

Nicole Mitchell

Mitchell emerged from Chicago's jazz scene in the '90s and has since developed her unique improvisational language as a flutist and imbued her music with a storytelling sensibility as a composer. Her prolific body of work alongside her various bands smashes multiple boundaries, as she explores intercultural collaborations and multidisciplinary works, all while celebrating contemporary African American experiences.


Featuring Nicole Mitchell on flute, vocals and electronics, Coco Elysses on percussion and spoken word, Alexis Lombre on piano and vocals and JoVia Armstrong on percussion and electronics, Black Earth SWAY embodies Afro-FOLK-Futurism, by combining African American folklore and mythology with the blues, experimental music and jazz. 
The former Coast Jazz Orchestra guest comes to the Hop following "one of the most consistently breathtaking performances" (The New York Times) of Carnegie Hall's first Afrofuturism Festival earlier this year.

Generously supported by Mark B. Weiss '86 and Terry Acebo Davis in honor of Paul E. Weiss P'86, Maya Wiley '86 and Keith Boykin '87, the Lewis Pace Poag 1972 Fund, the Bob Gatzert 1951 Jazz Series Fund; and Bob Wetzel '76 and Brenda Mainer.

Nicole M. Mitchell is an award-winning creative flutist, composer, bandleader and educator. She has been repeatedly awarded "Top Flutist of the Year" by Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll and the Jazz Journalists Association (2010-2017). She is the founder of Black Earth Ensemble, Black Earth Strings, Sonic Projections and Ice Crystal, and she composes for contemporary ensembles of varied instrumentation and size. The former first woman president of Chicago's Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, Mitchell celebrates endless possibility by "creating visionary worlds through music that bridge the familiar with the unknown." Mitchell was a Professor of Music at University of California, Irvine, teaching composition and improvisation in the graduate program of Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology for several years. Now, she is the new director of jazz studies in the University of Pittsburgh's Deitrich School.


"A furiously inventive flutist, composer and improviser...Mitchell's album works through the anxieties of 2017 with a swirling, spiritually charged trip"

LA Times

​"​Nicole Mitchell is at the vanguard of the flute virtuoso continuum​"

NYC Jazz Record​
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