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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.

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Title: Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds
Composer: Nicole Mitchell
Performers: Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble
Recording Title: Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds
Record Label: FPE Records
Catalog Number: FPE 012


Title: Part One & Part Four
Composer: Henry Threadgill
Performers: Ensemble Double Up
Recording Title: Old Locks and Irregular Verbs
Record Label: Pi Recordings
Catalog Number: PI64


Title: Song for Count Ossie and the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari
Composer: Douglas Ewart
Performer: Douglas Ewart
Recording Title: Songs of Sunlife
Record Label: Innova
Catalog Number: innova 594


Title: A Good Year For Us
Composers: Ed Wilkerson, Tatsu Aoki, Michael Zerang
Performers: Trio WAZ
Recording Title: That’s What It WAZ
Record Label: Asian Improv Records
Catalog Number: AIR 096


Title: Blues Ideology
Composers: Ayewa, Neuringer, Navarro, Stewart, Holmes
Performers: Irreversible Entanglements
Recording Title: Who Sent You?
Record Label: International Anthem
Catalog Number: IARC 0031

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