Over the course of their 20+ year career, Grammy nominated quintet Imani Winds has discovered what audiences value most from their concerts: a sense of connection - with the music, the performers, the composers, the artistry and beyond. Extolled by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “what triumph sounds like”, Imani Winds has created a distinct presence in the classical music world through their dynamic playing, culturally relevant programming, commissioning, virtuosic collaborations and inspirational outreach programs.
From Mendelssohn, György Ligeti, and Stravinsky, to Astor Piazzolla, Elliott Carter and John Harbison, to 21st century greats like Frederic Rzewski, Jason Moran and Valerie Coleman, Imani Winds actively seeks to engage new voices into the modern classical idiom.
Imani Winds’ touring schedule has taken them across the globe. At home, the group has performed in major concert venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center and Disney Hall. They have also played virtually every major university performing arts series and summer festival in the US.
Collaborators include iicons Wayne Shorter, Fisk Jubilee Singers and Paquito D'Rivera, to classical masters such as Gibert Kalish and Claire Chase. In recent seasons, the group has traveled extensively internationally, with tours in China, Singapore, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, and throughout Europe.
Imani Winds have six releases including their Grammy Award nominated recording, The Classical Underground. They have also recorded for Naxos, Blue Note and Warner Classics.
In 2016 Imani Winds received their greatest accolade to date: they are on permanent display in the classical music section of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture.