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“Angel City”

Performance by Roscoe Mitchell with James Fei and William Winant
In conversation with Sarah Cahill

The second event in the series featured innovator, musician, and composer Roscoe Mitchell, whose career began in Chicago in the 1960s. He went on to became a leader in a movement that experimented with alternatives to conventional jazz composition and improvisation, and was a founding member of the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Mitchell’s compositions range from modern to classical, and from wild and forceful free jazz to ornate chamber music. 

Mitchell performed the composition “Angel City” with James Fei on woodwinds and William Winant on percussion. All three are music professors at Mills College in Oakland.

Resonance performances are held in the Exploratorium’s new Kanbar Forum and enlivened by its state-of-the-art, 72-channel Constellation sound system, providing an intimate experience of each event’s sonic details.


Roscoe Mitchell

An internationally renowned musician, composer, and innovator, Roscoe Mitchell’s compositions range from classical to contemporary, and from wild and forceful free jazz to ornate chamber music.

Mitchell began his distinguished career in Chicago in the 1960s, becoming a leader in a movement that experimented with alternatives to conventional jazz improvisation and composition. A founding member of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, Mitchell has developed numerous other groups and collaborations over the years, and has recorded more than 100 albums. In 2007, Mitchell relocated to Oakland and was named the Darius Milhaud chair of composition at Mills College.

His role in resurrecting the long-neglected woodwind instruments of extreme register, his innovation as a solo woodwind performer, and his reassertion of the composer into what was traditionally an improvisational form have kept him at the forefront of contemporary music for more than four decades.