Nicole Mitchell and Black Earth SWAY

Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth SWAY

October 15, 2022

This event occurred as part of the 22/23 Hop Presents season. This is an archived view.

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.

A discussion with the artists follows.

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.

Photo by Seed Lynn

"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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