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“I Dreamed of Other Worlds”: An Interview with Nicole Mitchell

Ellen Waterman

Published: 2008-05-04

Award-winning Chicago-based flutist Nicole Mitchell has made a huge mark on the international jazz and creative improvised music scenes in recent years, not only for her vibrant improvisations, but for her compositions, her Black Earth Ensemble, and her leadership in the Association for the Advancement of Creative Music. This interview explores some of Mitchell’s recent work and probes the strong social ethics of her artistic vision.

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Improvisation implies a deep connection between the personal and the communal, self and world. A “good” improviser successfully navigates musical and institutional boundaries and the desire for self-expression, pleasing not only herself but the listener as well.

– Rob Wallace