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Imani Winds

Tonight’s performance by IMANI WINDS has been canceled due to inclement weather. Refunds will be issued to all ticket holders via the original method of payment.


Since its founding in 1997, GRAMMY-nominated Imani Winds has been tirelessly dedicated to expanding the wind quintet repertoire, exploring non-European musical traditions, and recruiting culturally and racially diverse collaborators. Capping its stint as Ensemble in Residence at Duke, Imani will perform two newly commissioned works that explore the legacy of immigration and the African diaspora.

Jeff Scott’s Immigrant Songs examines the complex historical interplay between immigration and national identity in the United States, which have again taken center stage in our political discourse. Mr. Baptiste, by Duke alumnus David Kirkland Garner, and featuring new poetry from Jamaican-born Ishion Hutchinson, draws inspiration from the earliest known transcription of West African music in the Americas. It builds directly on research Garner conducted as a graduate student for the interactive website Musical Passage: A Voyage to 1688 Jamaica, placing 300-year-old musical phrases in conversation with contemporary genres, including reggae and dub, in ways that speak to this African inheritance and legacy of colonial resistance.

  • $25
  • $10Duke Student Tickets
  • Fri, Sep 30, 2022 at 8:00pm
Baldwin Auditorium