Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds

Nicole Mitchell

Label: FPE
Medium: CD
Year: 2018

Availability: In stock

€15.90

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Composer and flutist Nicole Mitchell has released her magnum opus with the provocative and stirring Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds. The single suite is a musical dramatization of the futuristic allegory that Mitchell wrote for the album. It is a short story set in the year 2099 and is about the symbolic struggle between the decaying and violent old order and the peace and vibrancy of an egalitarian society. The members of the ensemble build together poignant and kaleidoscopic sonic images with their distinctive expressions that reflect sublime camaraderie and brilliant individuality. The disc opens with percussionist JoVia Armstrong setting a tense and expectant ambience. Her rolling polyrhythms mixed with electronic sound effects propel the first track, "Egoes War." Guitarist Alex Wing adds tension with his otherworldly tones as Mitchell and shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute) player Kojiro Umezaki spar as they flitter in and out of the band's riotous group play. The music seamlessly transitions to "Submission" and its Zen serenity. Mitchell's flute mystically wails over cellist Tomeka Reid's lyrical cello and Armstrong's crashing percussive waves. The tune's quietude is laced with latent angst that is fully expressed in "Chalice" that follows. An eerie and dissonant soundscape coalesces around violinist Renee' Baker's passionate and angular solo. (By Hrayr Attarian)