Nicole Mitchell – Moments of Fatherhood (4 stars)

Nicole Mitchell – Moments of Fatherhood

Tender, playful and inventive pieces from flautist and composer

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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