Nicole Mitchell + Alexander Hawkins | NFOJAIM
Saturday 1st October 1pm
Nicole Mitchell + Alexander Hawkins | Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music 2022
Live | £10
Nicole Mitchell (Flutes) / Alexander Hawkins (Piano)
Nicole Mitchell is an award-winning creative flutist, composer, bandleader and educator. She is perhaps best known for her work as a flutist, having developed a unique improvisational language.
Mitchell's research centres on the powerful legacy of contemporary African American culture. She initially emerged from Chicago's innovative music scene in the late 90s, where she became a member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) and eventually served as the first woman president.
She composes for contemporary ensembles of varied instrumentation and size, while incorporating improvisation and a wide aesthetic expression. Mitchell celebrates endless possibility by “creating visionary worlds through music that bridges the familiar with the unknown.”
Some of her newest work with Black Earth Ensemble explores intercultural collaborations. Recent collaborators include Tomeka Reid and Mike Reed (as Artifacts), Moor Mother and Haki Madhubuti.
“The greatest living jazz flutist of her generation.” Peter Margasak (Chicago Reader)
Alexander Hawkins is widely recognised as one of the UK’s most innovative and imaginative pianists, organists and composers. Alexander is self-taught with a great love and deep knowledge of the jazz tradition which he brings, along with classical references, to his compositions and improvisations.
Along with his solo performances, Alexander works in a vast array of creative contexts including leading and composing for his Quartet and larger ensembles; in duo with South African drum legend Louis Moholo-Moholo and in Moholo’s Blokes; his duos with Evan Parker, Tomeka Reid,
John Surman, Sofia Jernberg, and Angelika Niescier, his Trios with Nicole Mitchell & Tomeka Reid, and with Tomeka and Chad Taylor, and with Neil Charles and Stephen Davis; and Decoy with John Edwards and Steve Noble, with Hawkins on Hammond B3. He also performs in projects of contemporary leaders- Anthony Braxton, Joe McPhee, Marshall Allen and Ethio-jazz pioneer
“Hawkins is a really vital link in a long historical chain, and his ability to sculpt his own language from a deeply rooted creative bedrock is compelling.”- Jazzwise
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This concert is presented by Newcastle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music with support from
Jazz at the Literary and Philosophical Society, Jazz North East and Arts Council England.
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