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Composer and educator Nicole Mitchell takes up new post at University of Pittsburgh

The Afrofuturist flautist has been named as the William S Dietrich II Endowed Chair in Jazz Studies, taking up the post from July 2019

The New York Times has reported that Nicole Mitchell has taken the post of director of the Jazz Studies Program and a professorship in the Department of Music at the University of Pittsburgh. The new role has the composer and flautist fill the position previously held by pianist Geri Allen, who died in 2017. This will make her the third director in the program’s 49-year history.

Formally the president of Chicago's Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), Mitchell also founded The Black Earth Ensemble, with which she released Xenogenesis Suite: A Tribute To Octavia Butler (2008) and Intergalactic Beings six years later. In 2017 she released sci-fi novella and album Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds on FPE Records.

You can read more about Mitchell in the cover story of The Wire 401.