Roscoe Mitchell is an avant-garde jazz and contemporary music icon, currently serving as the Darius Milhaud Chair of Composition at Mills College (CA). He is a founding member of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), the Trio Space, and founder of the Creative Arts Collective (MI). He leads several ensembles and his oeuvre boasts hundreds of albums and compositions. For more than 35 years, he has developed the Percussion Cage, an elaborate percussion instrument consisting of instruments of worldwide origin in addition to found objects. His honors include a John Cage Award (FOC), multiple grants from National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer, and Mutable Music.
He is proud to be a part of the Mills College Music Department, which boasts a faculty that has contributed to and incalculable extent for so long to the cutting edge of music, especially in this era where the ground-breaking concepts they have championed for decades are gaining significant traction and recognition throughout the world.