Imani Winds

Imani Winds

Thursday, October 22, 2015 . 8PM
Imani Winds photo by Matthew Murphy
Principal People: 

Flute Valerie Coleman

Oboe Toyin Spellman-Diaz

Clarinet Mariam Adam

French Horn Jeff Scott

Bassoon Monica Ellis

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Estimated Length: 
1 hour and 30 minutes including intermission
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More than North America’s premier wind quintet, Imani Winds is one of the most successful and prolific chamber ensembles in the United States. Committed to building the wind quintet repertoire through their Legacy Commissioning Project, Imani has commissioned, premiered, and toured works by emerging and established composers alike, and have collaborated with musicians from Yo-Yo Ma to Wayne Shorter.

As part of their program at The Clarice, Imani Winds will share the stage with the University of Maryland School of Music Graduate Wind Quintet.


  • Valerie Coleman: Red Clay and Mississippi Delta
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos: Quintette en Forme de Choros
  • Astor Piazzolla (arr. Jeff Scott): Libertango (with UMD Graduate Wind Quintet)
  • Paquito D'Rivera: A Farewell Mambo
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov/Russell: Scheherazade
  • Traditional (arr. Gene Kavadlo): Klezmer Dances, Khosidl, Freylekh

Engagement events

Engagement at The Clarice is characterized by facilitated audience interactions with artists, scholars and community leaders that are focused on process and research rather than product and performance

  • Imani Winds performed for several woodwind students at Suitland High School and gave short coachings for some of the chamber music groups there.
  • In addition to performing with The Daraja Ensemble (the School of Music’s Fellowship Wind Quintet) in tonight’s concert, musicians from Imani Winds performed and spoke to the general chamber music class, which includes players of all instruments.

This performance of Imani Winds is funded in part by a generous gift from Charlie Reiher.

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Video of Imani Winds performing “Umoja”

Review by The Washington Post

A family portrait in sound, all the warts and quirks of querulous aunts, sleepy, slow-walking uncles and playful kids were vivid in this short stunner, and the performance captured the essence of each character.

JOAN REINTHALER, The Washington Post, October 23, 2015