Program 699: Mandorla Awakening II
KALW Broadcast Date: June 5, 2022 | Host: Ed Herrmann
In this program, Great Black Music invokes a peaceful world, free of racism, creativity empowering all. Flutist and composer Nicole Mitchell’s Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds envisions “an egalitarian society designed by people who have awakened their ability to communicate directly with the Source. Having survived the destructive forces of the Egoes Wars and the global virus, the Mandorlians have made a biological transformation after two generations of a natural lifestyle, making them permanently immune to the virus.” The first hour of the program presents a 2015 live performance of Mandorla Awakening at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. The second hour features Henry Threadgill’s tribute to Butch Morris, Old Locks and Irregular Verbs; multi-instrumentalist Douglas Ewart playing didgeridoo on Song for Count Ossie and the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari; Trio WAZ (Ed Wilkerson, Tatsu Aoki, Michael Zerang) playing A Good Year for Us; and Blues Ideology by Irreversible Entanglements.