"A compelling improviser of wit, determination, positivity, and tremendous talent..." (Chicago Reader), Nicole Mitchell is a creative flutist, composer and bandleader. Mitchell was awarded "Jazz Flutist of the Year" (2008) by the Jazz Journalists Association and Downbeat magazine's #1 Rising Star Flutist from 2005-2008. Her compositions reach across sound worlds, integrating new ideas with moments in the legacy of jazz, gospel, pop, African percussion and classical contemporary music. Mitchell is the founder of critically acclaimed Black Earth Ensemble and Black Earth Strings, and her work has been a highlight at art venues and festivals throughout Europe, the U.S. and Canada. Nicole Mitchell, is currently co-president of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) and continues the exciting directions in music that AACM has charted for decades. Named Chicagoan of the Year 2006 by the Chicago Tribune, Mitchell is also a member of the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Joffrey Ballet, and Orbert Davis' Chicago Jazz Philharmonic. As a composer, she has won fellowships from Chamber Music America and the Illinois Arts Council. Mitchell has five recordings as leader and several recordings as co-leader.