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Nicole Mitchell’s The Mandorla Letters Book Reading

Nicole Mitchell’s The Mandorla Letters Book Reading

October 26, 2023 @ 6:30 pm 7:30 pm

601 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401 United States
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The Mandorla Letters

for the hopeful – 2022 – by Nicole Mitchell Gantt

Afrofuturist memoir on jazz, collaboration, and the search for collective well-being

Part memoir, part manifesto, part Black speculative novella, this book explores inequity, the musical legacies of jazz, creative music, and intercultural collaboration to guide readers toward an alternative society that disrupts binaries, hierarchies, and western ideas of progress. Paying homage to inspiring artists, it opens channels for artistic proliferation that are integral to the collective survival of our planet.

Free event presented in partnership with the Soundwaves New Music, the Santa Monica Public Library and Village Well Books & Coffee.

Author Nicole Mitchell will read excerpts from her new book ‘The Mandorla Letters’. The book will be available for purchase during this event. More information about the book here.

Nicole will perform a live concert at REDCAT on Saturday 10/28.
Tickets and more info here

Nicole Mitchell

Nicole M. 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 and having been repeatedly awarded “Top Flutist of the Year” by Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll and the Jazz Journalists Association (2010-2022). Mitchell initially emerged from Chicago’s innovative music scene in the late 90s. She started with Maia and Shanta Nurullah in Samana (the AACM’s first all-woman ensemble) and as a member of the David Boykin EXPANSE. Her music celebrates contemporary African American culture. She is the founder of Black Earth Ensemble, Black Earth Strings, Sonic Projections and Ice Crystal, and she composes for contemporary ensembles of varied instrumentation and size, while incorporating improvisation and a wide aesthetic expression.