The Angel City Jazz Festival will open its 6th annual season at LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) at 6:00pm on Friday October 4 with a free outdoor concert featuring the winner of the Angel City Jazz Young Artists Competition followed at 7:00pm by a set from noted flautist Nicole Mitchell’s Sun Dial Ensemble. The 2013 Angel City Jazz Festival is co-presented by The Jazz Bakery, in association with Icons Among Us®: jazz in the present tense, and the theme for the 2013 festival is “Metamorphosis: Artists on the Cutting Edge of Change.”
Having the winner of Angel City Jazz Young Artists Competition open the festival at LACMA is a tradition now in its third year. The competition is an avenue for young jazz musicians in the Los Angeles area to create and collaborate with one another in an effort to expand upon the traditional concepts of jazz and improvisation. The competition gives young musicians the opportunity to have their original music heard and evaluated by working jazz professionals. Submissions for the competition will be accepted until September 8, 2012, and four finalists will be announced on September 14, 2012.
Competition finalists will perform a 30 minute set at noted Los Angeles jazz club Blue Whale on September 21, 2012. In addition to the prestigious LACMA gig, a $1000 cash prize will be awarded to the winner. Competition rules are available at http://angelcityarts.org/young-artists-competition.
After decades of actively working in the Chicago scene as a member of that city’s musical collective the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), Nicole Mitchell is excited to present her first Los Angeles based project: the Sun Dial Ensemble. Sun Dial unites luminary musicians from diverse musical communities, connecting the forces of bassist Mark Dresser, trombonist Michael Dessen, Nigerian percussionist and cultural visionary Najite Agindotan, Pan Arkestra vocalist Dwight Trible, and Chicago AACM guitarist Jeff Parker.
Nicole Mitchell is a creative flutist, composer, bandleader and educator with contemporary ensembles of varying instrumentation and size from solo to orchestra. As the founder of Black Earth Ensemble, Black Earth Strings, Ice Crystal and Sonic Projections, Mitchell has been repeatedly awarded by the DownBeat Critics Poll and the Jazz Journalists Association as “Top Flutist of the Year” for the last four years, 2010-2013.
Mitchell’s music celebrates African American culture while reaching across genres and integrating new ideas with moments in the legacy of jazz, gospel, experimentalism, pop and African percussion. Her latest CD Aquarius (Delmark, 2013) and recent solo recording Engraved in the Wind (Rogue Art, 2013) have received critical acclaim from the New York Times. Among the first class of the Doris Duke Performance Artist Awards, Mitchell works to raise respect and integrity for the improvised flute and to contribute her innovative voice to the jazz legacy. Nicole Mitchell is currently a professor of music, teaching in “Integrated Composition, Improvisation and Technology,” a new and expansively minded graduate program at the University of California, Irvine. She is endorsed by Powell Flutes.