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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."

Critics called have called the piece "dense, dramatic and daring" (Howard Mandel, JazzHouse.org), "haunting and extraordinarily moving" (Marc Medwin, AllAboutJazz.com) and "reminiscent of some of the best work of Sun Ra, The Art Ensemble of Chicago or Horace Tapscott and the Pan Afrikan People's Arkestra" (Dr. Sais Kamalidiin, jazzreview.com). Time Out Chicago's Matthew Lurie adds, "If only every high-achieving author had a champion this imaginative."

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released April 29, 2008

Mankwe Ndosi :: voice
Nicole Mitchell :: flute
David Young :: trumpet
David Boykin :: tenor saxophone
Tomeka Reid :: cello
Justin Dillard :: piano
Josh Abrams :: bass
Marcus Evans :: drumset
Avreeayl Ra :: percussion

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Firehouse 12 Records is the label arm of Firehouse 12, an award-winning bar, recording studio, and unusually intimate music venue located in New Haven, CT. Co-founded in 2007 by Firehouse 12′s chief engineer Nick Lloyd and cornetist/composer Taylor Ho Bynum, Firehouse 12 Records was created to ambitiously document the creative ethos of some of improvised music's most innovative practitioners. ... more

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