Nicole Mitchell – Moments of Fatherhood (4 stars)

Tender, playful and inventive pieces from flautist and composer

Nicole Mitchell – Moments of Fatherhood

The flautist and composer Nicole Mitchell is perhaps best known for her series of suites inspired by the visionary African-American science-fiction writer Octavia Butler. As its title suggests, Moments of Fatherhood is more earthly in its concerns. A collaboration between Mitchell's own Chicago-based Black Earth Ensemble and the French contemporary music group Ensemble Laborintus, this new suite seeks to explore parallel experiences of African-American and French fatherhood. Seamlessly blending composed vignettes and guided improvisation, the seven pieces here are tender, playful and terrifically inventive, embedding often charming melodic cells within a web of avant-garde sounds.

Out now on Rogue Art.

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