October 20, 2011
Writer: Writer: Don Sparhawk

Imani Winds will perform Friday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Barrus Concert Hall at Brigham Young University-Idaho.

Based in New York, Imani Winds has established itself as one of the most successful chamber music ensembles in the United States. Since 1997, the Grammy-nominated quintet has taken a unique path, carving out a distinct presence in the classical music world with its dynamic playing, culturally poignant programming, genre-blurring collaborations, and inspirational outreach programs. With two member composers and a deep commitment to commissioning new work, the group is enriching the traditional wind quintet repertoire while meaningfully bridging European, American, African and Latin American traditions.

Their excellence and influences have been recognized with numerous awards including the 2007 ASCAP Award, 2002 CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, as well as the CMA/WQXR Award for their debut and self-released CD Umoja.

At the 2001 Concert Artists Guild International Competition, Imani Winds was selected as the first-ever Educational Residency Ensemble, in recognition of their tremendous musical abilities and innovative programming.

Imani Winds have five releases on E1 Music, including their 2006 Grammy Award-nominated recording entitled The Classical Underground.
The group’s members are of African American and Latin American ancestry, and the name Imani means “faith” in the Swahili language.

Tickets for the Center Stage Performing Arts Series concert can be purchased from the BYU-Idaho Ticket Office by calling 496-3170 or online at www.byui.edu/tickets. Tickets are $12 for the general public and $6 for BYU-Idaho students.