These days his primary focal points include his long-running ensemble Panacea; his new trio Epiphany 3 (Tom Mason and Saleem Raman) with special guest dancer Masumi Endo, solo performance (including a current fascination with one-handed works, which produced one solo album and festival – Leftitude – in 2013 – to which he returns to record more lh only works soon); he also continues to work with the legendary Courtney Pine CBE, French saxophone great Julien Lourau, French sax innovator Stephane Payen, young saxophonist Tom Harrison, Cuban violinist Omar Puente, Miles Bould’s USONIC, Orphy Robinson’s All Stars, South African education, percussion and conflict resolution genius Eugene Skeef, and new free jazz/radical poetry group StagerLee Wonders. He has recently recorded on albums by Julien Lourau and Courtney Pine CBE.
His latest album ‘ A Vigil For Justice. A Vigil For Peace.’ (DOF001 – 2017) is for piano trio and features extensive original poetry inspired by the rapid political change in atmosphere in recent times, against the backdrop of so much unrealised human potential and vast inequalities. This is presented on his own label – Depth Of Field. The poetry features amongst a debut collection of the same name also released in 2017 . In 2014 – his first large scale work – Invocation – was successfully performed by the grammy winning Bournemouth Symphony Chorus, Goldsmith Big String and students from Avonbourne and Harewood at St Peters Church (Bournemouth) and the Queen Elizabeth Hall (London). Robert is now working on another large scale work – The Spirit Line – which is a tribute to the ever more prescient wisdom of the Zuni people of Arizona/New Mexico.
There will be news on a release in 2018 soon !!
Working with longtime U.S. arts consulting and management organization, Outward Visions (George Russell, Steve Reich, John Zorn, Art Ensemble of Chicago, World Saxophone Quartet). As his reputation has consistently grown as one of the UK’s most serious and respected composer/pianists, Robert Mitchell is ideally suited to be a powerful force in the newest developments of both the music and its business environment
“I wish to encapsulate the feeling of endless upward progress – to remove the apparent divisions between inspiration, notation, deployment, and performance. And to appeal to the idea that there is no limit to the amount of beauty we can reveal in the universe”