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Live at WNYC: The Imani Winds

In its new album, Terra Incognita, the Imani Winds has broadened its repertoire by recording works by Jason Moran, Paquito D’Rivera and Wayne Shorter—all well-known Jazz composers.

Why work with Jazz composers?

"I think it's a testament to the evolution of Imani Winds," Bassoonist Monica Ellis says. "And it's about the fact that we are always trying to push boundaries and we are always trying to think of a new idea that can further the wind quintet as a group and the repertoire that it represents."

The group plays "Kites," a piece by Paquito D'Rivera, and clarinetist Mariam Adam says D'Rivera "thought of wind and wind blowing and the image of kites came to him." The group includes these lines from the poem, "To Be A Kite," by Londis Carpenter in its performance:

I would like to be a kite on a string
and soar up over the trees.

I would like to try to reach the sky
With butterflies and bees.

I'd love to fly past billowy clouds,
With my tail of red and white,

And climb so high the things below
would disappear from sight.