How has the Grammy-nominated group stayed together for 15 years, traveling around the country and internationally together? "We all made the same commitment to each other. We share the same vision," she said.
Spellman-Diaz, Coleman, clarinetist Mariam Adam, bassoonist Monica Ellis and French horn player Jeff Scott represent the standard components of a classical wind ensemble, but they're unusual in that each member is either African American or Latin.
The concert opens with "Startin' Sumthing," a composition by Scott, who writes pieces for the ensemble. He's especially influenced by Argentinian tango music. He translated a Big Band sound to a wind ensemble piece for "Startin Sumthing."
Imani Winds will also perform "Tzigane," a gyspy-influenced piece by Coleman, who also composed "Umoja," considered a signature piece for Imani.
"We were specifically requested to have more new works for this concert," Spellman-Diaz said of the Charleston concert.
The four movements of "Cane" by Jason Moran portray the journey of his ancestor who was a slave and the influence of that family history on his development as a musician and person. Moran and Spellman-Diaz attended music school together.
"The piece has a lot of beauty and nobility. It's not at all heavy," she said. It contains a bit of jazz that hints at Moran's Louisiana childhood.
Imani Winds commission composers whose unique pieces appeal to them. A recent commission was written by a Palestinian oud (a lute-like instrument) player.
The approximately two-hour concert concludes with "Klezmer Dance," a music of Jewish celebration arranged by Gene Kavadio.
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