Imani Winds Returns to Campus this January for Winter Quarter Residency Activities

The Grammy Nominated quintet, Imani Winds, is back on campus January 16th through 20th for the second part of their two-year residency at the University of Chicago. During their five-day visit, the ensemble will participate in a variety of academic and performance related activities in the Department of Music. Their winter quarter residency culminates in a concert with University of Chicago Presents on Friday, January 20.

As a crucial part of this innovative and multi-faceted residency, Imani Winds will continue their work with graduate student composers in the second phase of a year-long process that will result in six new works. During the autumn quarter, Imani Winds discussed the woodwind quintet repertoire and overall techniques with graduate students at their Composition Seminar. The ensemble then met with six student composers individually – Rodrigo Bussad, Pierce Gradone, Jack Hughes, Joungbum Lee, Timothy Page, and Igor Santos – to exchange ideas about the works that they envision for Imani.

This month the composers will again engage with Imani Winds: first during another Composition Seminar on Tuesday, January 17 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Logan Center Penthouse, where the ensemble will discuss collaboration. Each composer will then have the exciting opportunity to share preliminary drafts of their pieces and work with Imani musicians to hone and enhance details of their works.

Students will continue to refine their compositions over the next two months, and complete them by mid-March. These six new pieces will be premiered by Imani Winds at a New Music Ensemble concert on Sunday, April 30 at 3 p.m. in the Logan Center Performance Hall, to kick off the Imani’s spring quarter residency.

Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to observe Imani Winds during rehearsals on Tuesday, January 17 and Wednesday, January 18 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The ensemble members will also visit two music classes while on campus: Dr. Jennifer Iverson’s Music Analysis class on Wednesday, January 18, and Pierce Gradone’s Introduction to Music Materials and Design class on Thursday, January 19.

Students from the University Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and Wind Ensemble will have the opportunity for coaching sessions and sectionals with Imani Winds. The Imani players will work with the UChicago student musicians on general concepts of playing, as well as on specific repertoire that the various performance ensembles will present during the winter quarter.

On Friday, January 20 at 3 p.m. in the Logan Center Penthouse, Imani Winds will participate in a panel discussion hosted by the Chamber Music Organization, a campus RSO. Join in a conversation with Imani Winds on their experiences as musicians, an ensemble, and advocates for new music voices. Refreshments will be provided. The public is welcome to attend. Please register in advance. 

To conclude their week on campus, Imani Winds will perform in concert on Friday, January 20 at 7:30 p.m. in Mandel Hall. The concert marks the Imani’s UCP concert debut, and features a dynamic program of works by modernist composers who have impacted the music of our time, including Ruth Crawford Seeger, Elliot Carter and Paquito D’Rivera, as well as works of the quintet’s own composer-instrumentalist members. UChicago Associate Professor of Music, Seth Brodsky, will lead a pre-concert discussion with the artists at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 regular, $28 for UChicago faculty and staff, and $5 for students. To purchase, call 773-702-ARTS or visit tickets.uchicago.edu.

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