Sound American #29 celebrates Art Ensemble of Chicago founder and American iconoclast, Roscoe Mitchell.
This special issue is an appreciation of Mitchell's career as an improvisor, instrumentalist, composer, painter, and educator as told by the musicians whom he has affected and through his own words. The issue starts with a rigorously researched and beautifully written overview of the saxophonist's career by Brooklyn-based saxophonist Sam Weinberg. As the reader continues, they will then find insights into Mitchell's work and working methods from a group of future iconoclasts, such as Tyshawn Sorey, Darius Jones, Ken Vandermark, James Fei.
Throughout the issue, composer and improvising harpist Zeena Parkins explores Mitchell's work as an educator through a series of interviews with former Mills College students, all of were collaborators in orchestrating and arranging Mitchell's recent works for large ensembles.