Imani Winds to continue Ke-Nekt series Nov. 11

Imani Winds.Grammy-nominated quintet Imani Winds will continue SUNY Oswego’s Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series with a 7:30 p.m. performance Wednesday, Nov. 11, in the Sheldon Hall ballroom.

The group visits Oswego in the midst of its five-year Legacy Commissioning Project, where Imani Winds is commissioning, premiering and touring 10 new works for woodwind quintet from established and emerging composers. These pieces will range from classical music to jazz, Middle Eastern to Latin and styles that defy categories.

Imani Winds consists of composers/arranger Valerie Coleman on flute, Jeff Scott on French horn, Torin Spellman-Diaz on oboe, Miriam Adam on clarinet and Monica Ellis on bassoon.

In addition to a 2006 Grammy nomination for the album “The Classical Underground,” Imani Winds earned the 2007 ASCAP Award for its writing as well as the 2002 CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming. The quintet has collaborated and shared stages with the likes of Wayne Shorter, Yo Yo Ma and Chris Brubeck.

Audiences have experienced their music on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “Performance Today,” “The Bob Edwards Show” on XM Radio and BBC’s “The World,” among other media. They have brought their musical melting pot to top venues and jazz festivals in the United States and Europe for nearly two decades.

A pre-concert talk at 7 p.m. will provide some background on the musicians, their repertoire and cultural influences.

The musicians also will discuss the origins of their instruments and the rhythmic and melodic influences of African elements in classical music at a College Hour concert preview, free and open to the public, at 12:40 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, in Room 41 of Tyler Hall.

While in the Oswego area, Imani Winds will provide a range of outreach programs made possible by a grant from Chamber Music America.

Tickets to the evening concert cost $15 ($10 for seniors and children, $5 for SUNY Oswego students) and are available through Tyler box office at 312-2141 or http://tickets.oswego.edu. Parking is free in campus lots on evenings and weekends.

For more information, visit www.oswego.edu/ke-nekt.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Musical meld—The Imani Winds quintet, playing SUNY Oswego’s Ke-Nekt series at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 in the Sheldon Hall ballroom, stretch the chamber music genre to include jazz, Middle Eastern, Latin and other styles. From left are members Monica Ellis on bassoon, Miriam Adam on clarinet, Jeff Scott on French horn, composer/arranger Valerie Coleman on flute and Torin Spellman-Diaz on oboe.

(Posted: Oct 15, 2009)

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