℗ 2008 Nicole Mitchell and Firehouse 12 Records
 

Xenogenesis Suite

Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble

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1.1
Wonder
Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble
5:04
1.2
Transition A
Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble
5:51
1.3
Smell of Fear
Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble
5:35
1.4
Sequence Shadows
Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble
4:41
1.5
Oankali
Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble
4:22
1.6
Adrenalin
Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble
5:39
1.7
Transition C
Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble
5:48
1.8
Before and After
Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble
6:39
1.9
Dawn of a New Life
Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble
7:01
Total Playing Time    50:40
Xenogenesis Suite: A Tribute to Octavia Butler is the new studio recording of Chicago-based flutist/composer Nicole Mitchell's extended work of the same name, inspired by the work of Afrofuturist writer Octavia Butler (1947 - 2006), a Hugo, Locus and Nebula Award winner and the first science fiction author to receive the MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Grant. The piece, realized by her decade-old group, Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble, received its world premiere in June 2007 at the 12th annual Vision Festival in New York and was performed again at the Chicago Cultural Center in December 2007. "Brooding and sometimes harrowing," explains the Chicago Reader's Peter Margasak in an August 2007 feature article, "[Xenogenesis Suite] combines lyrics and nonverbal vocals with jagged, dissonant instrumental arrangements to convey the story of a black woman abducted by aliens after humanity nearly kills itself off in a nuclear war - her captors need to interbreed with other species to remain genetically viable, and she's asked to recruit other humans to help."
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