We just came home from an extraordinary concert by the Imani Winds, flute oboe bassoon French horn and clarinet. They played a huge program of music including a composition of Valerie Coleman (flute), Cane by Jason Moran (commissioned for this ensemble), Mozart's quintet for piano and winds, Stravinsky's Rites of Spring in a reduction for winds (this was achieved by cutting out the other instruments' parts and using the French horn and bassoon for percussive elements--brilliant!!), and Poulenc's sextet for piano and winds.
What's more, they were all fabulous in all of these very different pieces. Marvelous tone and timbre, much feeling without yielding to cornball impulses, terrific ensemble work and **so*much*musicianship**! I know I've used up my annual quota of exclamation points in this post, but they were so very very good. If you should ever get the chance, go hear any and all of these fine people.
Valerie Coleman, flute
Toyin Spellman-Diaz, oboe
Monica Ellis, bassoon
Jeff Scott, French horn
Mariam Adam, clarinet
and Anne-Marie McDermott, piano