Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds album cover
Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds

Nicole Mitchell

FPE Records

Nicole Mitchell is a flutist, a composer, a conceptual wizard, and a former president of the AACM. Her work is deeply informed by poetry and science fiction; Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds in particular is an Afrofuturist work inspired by the writing of Octavia Butler which combines Japanese instruments (shakuhachi, shamisen, taiko) with sounds drawn from jazz and chamber music (flute, violin, cello, bass, percussion) and even rock (electric guitar, electronics). The compositions shimmer and radiate in a patient, meditative manner, and the combination of sounds — as well as the voice of poet avery r young, reading Mitchell’s lyrics — create a vision of a culturally omnivorous, philosophically egalitarian future dream world. It’s a utopian vision that Mitchell and company make extremely appealing.

Phil Freeman

Who also suggested

If you select your preferred streamer here, we will save your preference and link to that platform if possible. This can always be changed in the Settings menu.

Apple Music

If you’d like to prioritize Bandcamp if available, tap the Bandcamp logo.

Since some albums are only available on one service, you’ll still see logos for other services if the album is only available on that service.