Imani Winds: Black and Brown

Imani Winds: Black and Brown

Sunday, October 2, 2022 . 3PM
Principal People: 

Brandon Patrick George, flute
Toyin Spellman-Diaz, oboe
Kevin Newton, horn
Mark Dover, clarinet
Monica Ellis, bassoon

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Program Notes: 

Join us in person at The Clarice! Please note that this performance will not be livestreamed.

Celebrating more than two decades of music making, the twice Grammy Award-nominated Imani Winds have 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. In this performance, Imani Winds presents Black and Brown, an entire program celebrating composers of color such as Wayne Shorter, Paquito Rivera and Valerie Coleman.

Their music embraces traditional chamber music repertoire, and as a 21st century group, Imani Winds is devoutly committed to expanding the wind quintet repertoire by commissioning music from new voices that reflect historical events and the times in which we currently live. In 2021, Imani Winds released their latest album, Bruits on Bright Shiny Things Records, which received a 2022 Grammy nomination for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance and demonstrates that “the ensemble’s hot rapport churns with conviction throughout” (Gramophone).

This event is part of the Visiting Artist Series. The Clarice's Visiting Artist Series features regional, national and international artists who visit the University of Maryland for performances and other activities. Beyond the stunning work these artists bring to the stage, they are also committed to extensive engagement that creates exciting connections with students and the community. During their time at UMD, Imani Winds will have engaged in:

  • Masterclasses with UMD School of Music students
  • A Composer Colloquium in the UMD School of Music
  • A special performance with the UMD Wind Orchestra
  • A K-12 Student Matinee for area students
  • A visit to area partner DC Youth Orchestra Program


This engagement of Imani Winds  is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. This performance is also supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council and The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation.



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