Legacy Commissioning Project

The Legacy Commissioning Project (LCP) began over 11 yearsa ago, as an ambitious endeavor to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Imani Winds. The project's’ original mission was to commission 10 composers of color to create works for the wind quintet that would expand the language of contemporary classical music while representing various cultures through non-traditional voices. Now 10 years later, as the group celebrates its 20th anniversary, the LCP continues to thrive, and grow through the continuous creation of new works for the wind quintet.


The literature for wind quintet is very limiting by nature. Through the LCP, Imani Winds set out to commission a wide array of composers to create new music that would change the scope of the repertoire for years to come. These established and emerging composers of diverse musical backgrounds originate from different points of the globe bringing an incredible range of sounds and experiences.

The LCP started with world premieres by Alvin Singleton and Roberto Sierra. Since then, projects have included works by such varied composers as Jason Moran to Vijay Iyer and Mohammed Fairouz to Fred Rzweski.

In the 2016-17 season, LCP projects include a new arrangement of Holst’s The Planets by Jonathan Russell, who brought the group other large orchestra arrangements, The Rite of Spring and Scheherazade. Also, Imani Winds will premiere a work by Reena Esmail as well as the BCO Consortium, who are Courtney Bryant, Valerie Coleman and Nkieru Okoyo, co-commissioned by the University of Chicago, in celebration of the centennial of the birth of Gwendolyn Brooks.



Support for these commissions come from a variety of sources including grants, presenting organizations, private donations and from Imani Winds itself. We invite friends, fans and lovers of new music to make a donation to the Legacy Commissioning Project.

Your donations (of any amount) will go towards the ongoing general expenses of the project. Expenses include, but are not limited to: composer commissioning fee, copying costs, grant-writer fees, rehearsal space costs, composer transportation, promotional costs, audio/video recording costs.

Tax-deductible contributions can be made online, through Imani Winds’ non-for-profit, fiscal sponsor: The Field, or by personal check, made payable to The Field (memo Imani Winds/LCP) and mailed to:

Imani Winds
123 West 128th St.
New York, NY 10027.



Henry Threadgill/2.6 Pentadactyl
May 11, 2018 @ University of Chicago Presents/Chicago, IL

Valerie Coleman/Bronzeville
May 3, 2017 @ University of Chicago Presents in celebration of Gwendolyn Brooks' Centennial/Chicago, IL

Courtney Bryan/Blooming
May 3, 2017 @ University of Chicago Presents in celebration of Gwendolyn Brooks' Centennial/Chicago, IL

Reena Esmail/The Light is the Same
March 15, 2017 @ The Lied Center, University of KS/Lawrence, KS

Gustav Holst Arr. Jonathan Russell/The Planets
March 15, 2017 @ The Lied Center, University of KS/Lawrence, KS

Fred Rzewski/Sometimes
October 29, 2015 @ Duke Performances/Durham, NC

Mohammed Fairouz/Deep Rivers (wwq + baritone)
March 7, 2015 @ClefWorks/Montgomery, AL

Rimsky-Korsakov Arr. Jonathan Russell/Scheherazade
January 30, 2015 @ Phillips Academy/Andover, MA

Vijay Iyer/Bruits (wwq + piano)
April 10, 2014 @ La Musica Festival/Sarasota, FL

Jason Moran/Jump Cut Rose (wwq + piano)
April 3, 2014 @ Dartmouth University/Hanover, NH

Mohammed Fairouz /Jebel Lebnan
March 21, 2012 @ Montgomery County Community College/Blue Bell, PA

Danilo Perez / Travesias Panamenas
April 4, 2011 @ Tuesday Musical Club / Akron, OH

Simon Shaheen / Zafir
February 6, 2011 @ Peak Performances, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ

Igor Stravinsky Arr. Jonathan Russell/The Rite of Spring
March 23, 2010 @ The Utsey Chamber Music Series/Clemon, SC

Stefon Harris / Anatomy of a Box (A Sonic Painting in Wood, Metal and Wind) / Featuring Stefon Harris, vibraphone and marimba
September 25, 2009 @ University of Iowa

Daniel Bernard Roumain / Five Chairs and One Table
March 8, 2009 @ Carnegie Hall HONORS! Festival (Curated by Jessye Norman)/ New York, NY

Jason Moran / Cane
October 24, 2008 @ Kimmel Center / Philadelphia, PA

Roberto Sierra / Concierto de Camara
July 21, 2008 @ Chamber Music Northwest / Portland, OR

Alvin Singleton / Through it All
February 8, 2008 @ Spivey Hall/ Morrow, GA

Wayne Shorter / Terra Incognita
August 16, 2006 @ La Jolla Music Society / La Jolla, CA

Paquito D’Rivera/Kites
March 1, 2005 @ Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center/New York, NY