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Track Listing
1. Egoes War
2. Sub-mission
3. The Chalice
4. Dance Of Many Hands
5. Listening Embrace
6. Forestwall Timewalk
7. Staircase Struggle
8. Shiny Divider
9. Mandorla Island
10. Time Wrap
Nicole Mitchell
Mandorla Awakening II - Emerging Worlds
FPE Records
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Price £13.99
A creative music suite that weaves a unique sound fabric where human emotion and the struggles of today swim

Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds is Nicole Mitchell's second album for Chicago-based FPE Records. Recorded in May of 2015 at Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art, it features her longtime collaborators Renee Baker (violin), Tomeka Reid (cello, banjo), Alex Wing (electric guitar, oud) and Jovia Armstrong (percussion), along with new members Tatsu Aoki (bass, shamisen, taiko) and Kojiro Umezaki (shakuhachi). Also in the mix is Chicago artist, scholar and poet avery r young, who brings the her lyrics to life with visceral humanity. Composer and flutist Nicole Mitchell, once hailed by Chicago Reader music critic Peter Margasak as the "greatest living flutist in jazz", continues the work begun when jazz visionary Sun Ra and his Arkestra first touched down on Planet Earth and told humanity that space (outer and inner) is indeed the place. As with contemporary Afrofuturist pioneers like cosmic jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington, post-everything beat maker Flying Lotus, R&B cyborg Janelle Mone and dystopian noise-rappers Death Grips, she uses Afrofuturism as a platform to launch her own, unique vision. Her vast sound often encompasses contemporary classical, globally oriented fusion, gospel, spoken word, funk-inspired groove research and even brittle shards of avant-rock. Mandorla Awakening II collides dualities such as acoustic vs electric, country vs urban, simple vs complex, while also sounding through intercultural dialogue between Black, European and Pan-Asian improvisational languages. The outcome is a creative music suite that blurs musical styles into recognizable fragments that weave a unique sound fabric, where human emotion and the struggles of today swim.
Reviews For Mandorla Awakening II - Emerging Worlds
Echoes - Kevin Le Gendre
A brilliant collision of free wheel improv, blowtorch blues and spoken word. The music is on the edge and out of reach of any would be classification.
The Wire - Stewart Smith
Underlines the power of AfroFuturism to speak to our present reality.
The Quietus - Stewart Smith
One of the years most remarkable albums.
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