Nicole Mitchell / Mark Sanders (duo)

Three years ago Chicago-based composer, flutist and educator Nicole Mitchell flutist and London-based percussionist Mark Sanders performed together at Cafe OTO in London. Having never met before, Mark’s restrained approach to the kit – with skipping brushes on toms and light touches to a ride, a bell or wooden blocks – gave remarkable space and air to Mitchell’s unique synthesis of flute and voice. Together they created a strikingly sparse and minimal sound, but one which is no less full of joyous melodic hooks and grooves.

To this day their duo remains one of the highlights of Cafe OTO’s expansive archive, and we’re delighted to present this duo’s 2nd ever show at Counterflows this year.