Imani Winds: Black and Brown
“The signature contribution of this group [is] a technical ease with extravagant gestures, intense production of sound, and the daring expressive liberties that come only after musicians have developed a sixth sense of ensemble-bonding. Imani’s got it all.” - Philadelphia Inquirer
A CELEBRATION OF COMPOSERS OF COLOR
This trailblazing, Grammy-nominated wind quintet celebrates Black History Month with a playlist that includes traditional chamber music repertoire and newly commissioned works that reflect important historical events, as well as the times of today. Composers include Paquito D’Rivera, Wayne Shorter, Andy Akiho, Billy Taylor, and more.
More about Imani Winds
Celebrating over a quarter century of music making, the twice Grammy-nominated Imani Winds has led both a revolution and evolution of the wind quintet through their dynamic playing, adventurous programming, imaginative collaborations and outreach endeavors that have inspired audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
The ensemble’s playlist embraces traditional chamber music repertoire, and newly commissioned works from voices that reflect historical events and the times in which we currently live.
Recent projects include a Jessie Montgomery composition inspired by her great-grandfather’s migration from the American south to the north, socially conscious music by Andy Akiho, reflecting on mass incarceration, and a work by Carlos Simon celebrating iconic figures of the African American community. These works and more have been commissioned as a part of the Legacy Commissioning Project.