Imani Winds, a Grammy-nominated wind quintet, will perform at Oswego State on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Ke-Nekt concert series. They have performed worldwide and worked with artists like Yo-Yo Ma on Jeff Scott’s arrangement of Piazzolla’s "Libertango." The concert, which is resented by ARTSwego and the Music Department, will feature pre-concert talk will begin at 7 p.m., and is located in the Sheldon Hall Ballroom.
The group has been touring the United States and making appearances at different colleges to support its Legacy Commissioning Project. The project celebrates Imani Winds’ tenth anniversary while they perform works by established and emerging composers of color from all over the world. Imani Winds will be showcasing ten new works at the concert.
Imani Winds has won numerous awards. At the 2001 Concert Artists Guild International Competition they were recognized as the very first Educational Residency Ensemble for their ground-breaking programming and musical abilities. Along with winning awards they also receive national exposure from radio, magazines and newspapers. They have been on NPR’s "All Things Considered" twice, as well as other appearances on NPR and the "Bob Edwards Show" on XM radio. Members of Imani Winds include Valerie Coleman, flute; Toyin Spellman-Diaz, oboe; Mariam Adam, clarinet; Jeff Scott, French horn; and Monica Ellis, bassoon.
The event is supported by the Chamber Music America Residency Partnership Program, and is hosted by Trevor Jorgensen. Tickets may be purchased via the Tyler Box Office or online at: https://tickets.oswego.edu.