Imani Winds and Catalyst Quartet

Imani Winds & Catalyst Quartet

(im)migration: music of change
March 04, 2022

This event occurred as part of the 21/22 Hop Presents season. This is an archived view.

Winds and string quartet tell stories of African-American journeys in honor of the Great Migration.

21/22 Hop Presents

The two world-class ensembles join forces to honor the experiences of more than six million African-Americans who fled the rural south for urban centers across the United States in the early 20th century. The collaboration features a variety of works exploring the concept of migration including violinist and composer Jessie Montgomery's piece celebrating the story of her great-grandfather. Sergeant McCauley is a sound map of the travels of the buffalo soldier who migrated northward before ultimately returning south to Mississippi. 

IMANI WINDS AND CATALYST QUARTET: (Im)migration (Part 1 of 5)

Join the artists for a discussion following the performance, moderated by Hop Fellow Armond Dorsey, GR '23.

Generously supported by the William B. Hart Memorial Fund, the Aires Family Fund for the Performing Arts and the Frank L. Harrington 1924 Fund No. 3

Photo of Imani Winds: Shervin Lainez
Photo of Catalyst Quartet: Ricardo Quinones

Imani Winds
Celebrating over two decades of music making, the Grammy nominated Imani Winds has led both a revolution and evolution of the wind quintet through their dynamic playing, adventurous programming, imaginative collaborations and outreach endeavors that have inspired audiences of all ages and backgrounds. The ensemble's playlist embraces traditional chamber music repertoire, and as a 21st century group, Imani Winds is devoutly committed to expanding the wind quintet repertoire by commissioning music from new voices that reflect historical events and the times in which we currently live.
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Catalyst Quartet
The Grammy Award-winning Catalyst Quartet was founded by the internationally acclaimed Sphinx Organization in 2010. The ensemble (Karla Donehew Perez, violin; Abi Fayette, violin; Paul Laraia, viola; and Karlos Rodriguez, cello) believes in the unity that can be achieved through music and imagine their programs and projects with this in mind, redefining and reimagining the classical music experience.
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“…a technical ease with extravagant gestures, intense production of sound, and the daring expressive liberties that come only after musicians have developed a sixth sense of ensemble-bonding. Imani’s got it all.”

Philadelphia Inquirer

“Like all great chamber groups, the Catalyst Quartet is beautiful to watch, like a family in lively conversation at the dinner table: anticipating, interrupting, changing subjects.”

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