• Sep 21 2019 | 8:00 pm

    Afrofuturist Weekend Day 2

    Join us for another very special Afrofuturist Weekend! The series continues on Saturday with a performance from Elijah Jamal Asani, Angel Bat Dawid, and Brandon Markell Holmes, and Nicole Mitchell and her band perform her Xenogenesis suite in tribute to Octavia Butler.

Tickets Available Here: https://www.artful.ly/store/events/18752



Doors/DJ 8pm, show 9pm

First Set: Elijah Jamal Asani, Angel Bat Dawid, and Brandon Markell Holmes

Xenogenesis: A Tribute to Octavia Butler

Nicole Mitchell – flute/composition

Mankwe Ndosi – vocals

Darius Jones – alto sax

Chris Williams – trumpet

Angelica Sanchez – piano

Tomeka Reid – cello

Joshua Abrams – bass

Avreeayl Ra – drumset/percussion

Elijah Jamal Asani


nigerian-american experimental artist raised by lillies of the valley. self taught music producer/designer/filmmaker. òrìsà of wet, longing & fuschia. to be continued.

Angel Bat Dawid


Angel Bat Dawid is a ubiquitous performer in Chicago’s music scene and curator of the Mothership9 series at Elastic Arts. She is a multi-instrumentalist improviser and composer playing Golden Black Earth Traditional Music.

Brandon Markell Holmes


Singer, actor, writer, multi-media artist: Brandon Markell Holmes. Brandon is a formally trained theatre actor who curates common ground in creative storytelling and abstract exposition. His work themes are reflective of social observations and the symbiotic relationship between art & history.

Nicole Mitchell


Nicole M. Mitchell is an award-winning creative flutist, composer, bandleader and educator. She is perhaps best known for her work as a flutist, having developed a unique improvisational language and having been repeatedly awarded “Top Flutist of the Year” by Downbeat Magazine Critics Poll and the Jazz Journalists Association (2010-2017). Mitchell initially emerged from Chicago’s innovative music scene in the late 90s, and her music celebrates contemporary African American culture. She is the founder of Black Earth Ensemble, Black Earth Strings, Sonic Projections and Ice Crystal, and she composes for contemporary ensembles of varied instrumentation and size, while incorporating improvisation and a wide aesthetic expression. The former first woman president of Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, Mitchell celebrates endless possibility by “creating visionary worlds through music that bridge the familiar with the unknown.”

Tickets available here: https://www.artful.ly/store/events/18752

The performance of Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble, presented in collaboration with Are Nova Workshop and Hallways Contemporary Arts Center, is supported by Presenter Consortium for Jazz, a program of Chamber Music America funded through he generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.