As part of Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Arts’s tribute to this year's 50th anniversary of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), award-winning flutist Nicole Mitchell will play her new composition "Mandorla Awakening."
The new piece, inspired by the writings of Riane Eisler and Octavia Butler, explores what an alternative, futuristic society might look like. . Mitchell's opus envisions a world in which our best instincts might prevail. "In this piece, I'm looking at this through the lens of Riane Eisler, who wrote this book, 'The Chalice and the Blade,.' … She re-examines history through the lens of two different societies, two different concepts of life that have taken turns in all the different cultures in the world."