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Black Earth Ensemble – Intergalactic Beings


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What would it be like…
…to be abducted?
…to be subjected to horrifying creatures that are repelling to one’s aesthetics of beauty?
…to understand that your life depends on mating with these non-humans and the act will end human life and begin a new hybrid life?
…to be seduced, knowing that in contrast to your desire to resist, these “aliens” can give you sensual pleasure beyond your wildest dreams?
…to be aware that life will meet and join with life in spite of difference?
…to believe that fate (and in this case, metamorphosis) is inevitable?

FPE Records is completely thrilled to announce the release on April 15, 2014 of Intergalactic Beings, Nicole Mitchell’s second avant-jazz suite based on the Xenogenesis novels of Octavia Butler. This album is taken from a live recording done April 30, 2010, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. The album will be available on CD and in a limited deluxe double-LP with gatefold packaging.

Black Earth Ensemble features a cast of Chicago’s most respected players and improvisers. This is their eighth album, and their first to see release on vinyl.


Nicole Mitchell: flute, composition
Mankwe Ndosi: vocals
David Boykin: tenor sax, bass clarinet
David Young: trumpet, sralai thom
Renée Baker: violin
Tomeka Reid: cello
Jeff Parker: electric guitar
Joshua Abrams: bass
Avreeayl Ra: percussion
Marcus Evans: drumset

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2xLP, CD

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In the engaging musicality of this lovingly rendered composition there is much to “inspire the human spirit with thought-provoking beauty.”

Free Jazz Blog
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…the appeal of Intergalactic Beings is how composer/flutist Nicole Mitchell leads her ten-member ensemble in interpreting a theme that’s far from common.

Jazz Word
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These songs are full of raw energy, alternating exploratory ensemble playing with alluring thematic statements reflecting the composer’s deep sense of form.

Well You Need It
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Rich in mystery and ominous brooding moods.

All About Jazz
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…babbling Tourette explosion, earthly percussive hypnosis, prisms of luminous modern classical noise. Intergalactic Beings is a narrative of volatility and absent consequential foresight, and the Black Earth ensemble are unflinchingly willing to follow it anywhere.

ATTN: Magazine
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The music she creates comes as naturally to her as the language she speaks and the air she breathes.

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Deeply affecting.

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Ambitious, dense and daunting.

Jazz Times

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