Imani Winds

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Oboist Toyin Spellman-Diaz and bassoonist Monica Ellis have been making music together throughout the world as members of the woodwind quintet Imani Winds since its founding in 1997. In this TIME IN interview, Monica and Toyin talk about how they've navigated the pandemic with music and related online activities, gardening, family time, and planning for the future.

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. 

Matt Murphy

Join us on Sunday, February 21st at 1 PM on WRTI 90.1 and Monday, February 22nd at 7 PM on WRTI HD-2 to hear a rebroadcast of one of the first concerts of The Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2019/2020 season, the Orchestra’s 120th.

Valerie Coleman has written works for The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Library of Congress, and a host of other organizations and ensembles, including the Grammy-nominated Imani Winds, of which she is the founder and former flutist. She talked with WRTI's Susan Lewis about writing music in today's difficult times. 

Pierre Lidar

Acclaimed as "strikingly virtuosic" (Boston Musical Intelligencer) and "what triumph looks like" (The Philadelphia Inquirer), Imani Winds has forged its own path through the international classical music world. The quintet visited WRTI on February 14th to perform highlights of their upcoming Philadelphia Chamber Music Society concert. WRTI's Susan Lewis, host.

Wind Quintet Imani Winds

Oct 24, 2009

Imani Winds is a wind quintet and much more. Since 1997, the Grammy-nominated ensemble has taken a unique path, carving out a distinct presence in the classical music world with its dynamic playing, culturally poignant programming, and genre-blurring collaborations. The ensemble brings color, vivacity and intimacy to every concert with a vastly expanding classical repertoire. African, Asian and Middle Eastern cultures all take shape, as the quintet pushes the boundaries of classical music to fuse jazz with mixed media.

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