February 22, 2021. BRUITS, a new album by the trailblazing woodwind quintet Imani Winds, tackles issues of race and social justice with three contemporary works by Reena Esmail, Frederic Rzewski, and Vijay Iyer, composer of the title work.
Diane Monroe is a rare gem of a musician whose original compositions and arrangements have garnered accolades from both the classical and jazz worlds, and she continues to bridge the divide. Monroe was recognized in 2018 with both a coveted fellowship and a grant from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, which funded her personal 2019 exploration that joins every part of her musical self: Violin Woman, African Dreams.
French jazz pianist, bandleader and composer Claude Bolling, whose work spanned jazz clubs, the big screen, and Carnegie Hall, died Tuesday at the age of 90. His death was announced by his representatives.
Traveling may be on hold, and the gathering of friends and family may not be around the usual table this year, but no matter where you are and what you’re feasting on, WRTI’s Thanksgiving Day soundtrack is your perfect companion.
Juneteenth is a holiday when Black Americans commemorate the end of slavery, and WRTI is responding with an all-day salute to Black classical and jazz artistry—sharing the work of many Black composers, men and women, as well as Black soloists, conductors, and performers.
The official start of summer is around the corner, and we have a special invitation for you! Join us on Wednesday, June 17th and Thursday, June 18th to hear music that brings us together at this challenging time, focusing on the things that matter in our community.
Check out these digital stories from the WRTI Arts Desk that highlight Black artists and composers—from classical and jazz worlds—who have had an incredible impact on American and global culture. Join us on Juneteenth as we showcase Black artists and composers throughout the day!