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April 16, 2012
prolific avant-garde jazz and contemporary music composer / saxophonist and founding member of the world renowned Art Ensemble of Chicago
featuring performances of Roscoe Mitchell's original compositions
"because it's" and "this" for Sporano and Piano
"9/9/09" for solo viola
"Not Yet" for Alto Saxophone and piano
"Cards" In The Faces of Roses for chamber ensemble
"EELTWO" Song for My Big Uncle for sextet
also featuring Roscoe performing his own original works and spontaneous compositions
"CHANT" for quintet
"IMPROVISATION" April 16, 2012
Monday, April 16
8pm $20 / $10 students
Roscoe Mitchell, internationally renowned musician, composer, and innovator, began his distinguished career in the spirited 1960s of Chicago, Illinois. His role in the resurrection of long neglected woodwind instruments of extreme register, his innovation as a solo woodwind performer, and his reassertion of the composer into what has traditionally been an improvisational form have placed him at the forefront of contemporary music for over four decades. A leader in the field of avant-garde jazz and contemporary music, Mr. Mitchell is a founding member of the world renowned Art Ensemble of Chicago, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, and the Trio Space. Mr. Mitchell is the founder of the Creative Arts Collective of East Lansing, Michigan, The Roscoe Mitchell Sextet, The Roscoe Mitchell Quartet, The Roscoe Mitchell Art Ensemble, The Sound Ensemble, The Roscoe Mitchell New Chamber Ensemble, and Roscoe Mitchell and the Note Factory.
Mr. Mitchell has recorded over 100 albums and has written hundreds of compositions. His compositions range from classical to contemporary, from wild and forceful free jazz to ornate chamber music. His instrumental expertise includes the saxophone family, from the sopranino to the bass saxophone; the recorder family, from sopranino to great bass recorder; flute, piccolo, clarinet, and the transverse flute. Also, for over 35 years, he has designed an elaborate percussion instrument called the Percussion Cage, consisting of instruments from America, China, Tibet, Africa, Australia, Switzerland, France, Germany, Italy, and Turkey, as well many found instruments.
Mr. Mitchell is the recipient of many honors and awards including the following: Golden Ear Award, Deep Listening Institute, The Kitchen, New York City, ; International Society of Improvised Music (ISIM), Certificate of Appreciation, Lamont School of Music, Denver Colorado; The Black Women’s Collective of Mills College, Certificate of Appreciation [2008, 2009]; The American Music Center Letter of Distinction 2004 - Art Ensemble of Chicago; The International Jazz Critics Poll, Down Beat Magazine (Composer "Talent Deserving Wider Recognition" , Best Jazz Group (Established)-Art Ensemble of Chicago [1999, 1985, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1973, 1971], Record of the Year-Nonaah ); Jazz Personality of the Year, City of Madison, Wisconsin ; ASCAP Plus Award [2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997]; Named Madison Music Legend by “Madison” Magazine ; Certificate of Appreciation, The St. Louis Public Schools Role Model Experiences Program ; Honorary Citizen of Atlanta, GA ; Outstanding Service to Jazz Education Award, National Association of Jazz Educators ; Certificate of Appreciation, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Smithsonian Institution ; and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People's Image Award .