The yearlong Ithaca College Concerts season "Extreme Chamber Music" will conclude on Tuesday, March 20, with a performance by the African American/Latino woodwind quintet Imani Winds. The concert will begin at 8:15 p.m. in Ford Hall in the James J. Whalen Center for Music.
Known for mixing traditional woodwind repertoire with music from non-Western cultures, jazz, and contemporary music, the Imani Winds will present a program that includes "Shadow," by Thai composer Narong Prangcharoen, "Shout Chorus" by Kenji Bunch, "Escualo" by Astor Piazzolla, Wayne Shorter’s "Terra Incognita," and "Abaafa Luli" by Justinian Tamusuza.
Individual ticket prices are as follows:
* Children, senior citizens, and Ithaca College students: $11
* Ithaca College alumni, faculty, staff, and administrators; Friends of Ithaca College; other students: $19
* General public: $22
True to its founding mission since 1997, Imani Winds continues to push new cultural and musical boundaries with a highly anticipated Koch International Classics release that features music inspired by classical traditions as well as South American and African rhythms. In addition to a full concert and residency schedule; the group is working on "Josephine Baker: A Life of Le Jazz Hot," a multidisciplinary project that surveys the life and arts of the woman known as the "Black Venus," who transcended her roots in St. Louis to became a European cultural icon in first part of the 20th century.
Praised by Gramophone and Essence magazines for "taking the wind quintet where it rarely ventures," the group's 2005 breakthrough recording ,i>The Classical Underground (Koch International Classics) successfully introduced the unique Imani style of classical music, one infused with cultural references, effortless elegance and profound honesty.
The repertoire ranges from Maurice Ravel's "Le Tombeau de Couperin" to Astor Piazzolla's "Fuga e Misterio" to arrangements and original compositions by Jeff Scott, French hornist with the ensemble, and Valerie Coleman, the quintet’s flutist.
For more information, contact Erik Kibelsbeck in the School of Music at (607) 274-3717.