Mandorla Awakening: Emerging Worlds is a recording of the world premiere performed at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago on May 2, 2015, as part of the Creative Music Summit.
Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble
avery r young: vocals
Kojiro Umezaki: shakuhachi
Nicole Mitchell: flute, electronics
Renée Baker: violin
Tomeka Reid: cello, banjo
Alex Wing: electric guitar, oud
Tatsu Aoki: bass, shamisen, taiko
Jovia Armstrong: percussion
Nicole Mitchell: Mandorla Awakening: Emerging Worlds was commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. The MCA presentation was in conjunction with the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), and
contributes to the legacy and continuing bold and exciting directions that the AACM has charted for decades. Emerging Worlds was presented as a multi-arts project featuring the experimental video of Ulysses Jenkins. The project was supported in part by the Doris Duke Foundation.
Big thanks to the Creator, to our families and friends, and to the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Doris Duke Foundation and University of California, Irvine, for their support towards helping us to manifest this project. Special thanks to the musicians of Black Earth Ensemble, Yolanda Cursach of the MCA, the AACM, Matt Pakulski, and to my husband Calvin Gantt.
Recording engineering by Caleb Willitz at MCA stage on May 2, 2015.
Mixed by Dorian Gehring, Fox Hall Studios.
Mastered by Shelly Steffens, Chicago Mastering Service.
Artwork by Damon Locks.
Layout by Leticia Arioli.
All music and lyrics composed and arranged by Nicole Margaret Mitchell, Wheatgoddess Creations, ASCAP.
This is FPE Records #12, 2017.
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