Imani Winds has created a distinct presence in the classical music world over a 20-year career through dynamic playing, culturally relevant programming, virtuosic collaborations, and inspirational outreach programs.
Imani Winds has performed in major concert venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and Walt Disney Concert Hall. They frequently perform for chamber music series in Boston, Washington, D.C., Houston, Philadelphia, and New York; have played for university performing arts series in Amherst, Stanford, Ann Arbor, Austin, and Seattle, among others; and have toured in Asia, Europe, and South America. Festival appearances include Chamber Music Northwest, Music from Angel Fire, and the Santa Fe Chamber Music, Virginia Arts, and Ravinia festivals.
The group presents master classes to thousands of students a year through nationwide residencies. In the summer of 2010 the ensemble launched the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival (IWCMF), which features intense workshops in entrepreneurism, as well as explorations and performance of traditional and new chamber music compositions.
Imani Winds seamlessly navigates between classical, jazz, and world music idioms, collaborating with Wayne Shorter, Paquito D’Rivera, Daniel Binelli, the Brubeck Brothers, the Fisk Jubilee Singers, David Shifrin, Shai Wosner, René Marie, and many others.
Imani Winds is part of the permanent classical music display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. They have recorded for Koch International Classics, E1 Music, Naxos, Blue Note, and Warner Classics.