October 5, 2007
HANOVER, N.H. — Imani Winds, a wind quintet like no other, performs on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m., in the Hopkins Center's Spaulding Auditorium. Playing a boundary-breaking evening of music from around the world — Argentina's Astor Piazzolla, Thailand's Narong Prangcharoen, Cuba's Paquito D'Rivera and the United States' own Wayne Shorter — the award-winning ensemble provocatively explores the connection between European, African and American musical traditions, with a soulful blend of classical, world, Latin and jazz. The Gramophone Magazine says "gregarious, subtle and intensely alert to details and phrasing, classically or otherwise, the Imani Winds capture the spirit of each work through loving and brilliant playing." Together since 1997, the five talented musicians — Valerie Coleman (flute), Toyin Spellman-Diaz (oboe), Mariam Adam (clarinet), Jeff Scott (French horn) and Monica Ellis (bassoon) — is the first classically-based woodwind quintet comprised exclusively of young African-American and Latino members.