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Composer Portraits

Nicole Mitchell

Thursday, March 30, 2023, 8PM
Miller Theatre at Columbia University

The artistry of Nicole Mitchell is wide-ranging—a virtuosic flutist, acclaimed bandleader, noted educator, and the first woman president of Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). An award-winning composer, her music defies classification and celebrates contemporary African American culture. International Contemporary Ensemble performs a selection of her work from the past decade, featuring the composer as flutist.

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Photo by Caitlin Ochs for Miller Theatre

The artistry of Nicole Mitchell is wide-ranging—a virtuosic flutist, acclaimed bandleader, noted educator, and the first woman president of Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). An award-winning composer, her music defies classification and celebrates contemporary African American culture. International Contemporary Ensemble performs a selection of her work from the past decade, featuring the composer as flutist.

Repertoire

  • Nicole Mitchell Transitions Beyond (2021) for soprano, flute, violin, clarinet, and cello
  • Nicole Mitchell Inescapable Spiral (2017, rev. 2020)
  • Nicole Mitchell Whispering Flame (2017) co-composed by Nicole Mitchell and Lisa E. Harris
  • Nicole Mitchell Procession Time (2017)
  • Nicole Mitchell Building Stuff (2015)

Performers

  • Lisa E. Harris voice
  • Mitchell Nicole by Cailtin Ochs 160x240
    Nicole Mitchell flute
  • International Contemporary Ensemble by Rob Davidson
    International Contemporary Ensemble

“A furiously inventive flutist, composer, and improviser”

— Los Angeles Times
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