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Duke Arts Presents

Imani Winds
& Harlem Quartet
Passion for Bach & Coltrane

Saturday, November 16, 2019 | 8:00 pm

Baldwin Auditorium

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Imani Winds is noted as much for its virtuoso musicality as for its exceptional record for commissioning, composing, and arranging works — particularly by African-American and Latinx composers — for the ensemble. Jeff Scott, French hornist of Imani Winds, composed Passion for Bach and Coltrane for Imani Winds, the poet A.B. Spellman, Harlem Quartet, and a jazz piano trio. The work synthesizes classical and jazz styles, highlighting the gifts of all the performers onstage.

Inspired by and featuring Spellman’s poetry, Passion for Bach and Coltrane interweaves orated poems with music, in a manner similar to J.S. Bach’s Passion settings. Scott took two masterworks by each composer — Bach’s Goldberg Variations and Coltrane’s A Love Supreme — and imagined what a chance meeting between Bach and Coltrane would have sounded like. The result is a piece that is “powerfully forward looking” (San Francisco Classical Voice), an enduring testament to the potential of musical creativity.


Jeff Scott: Passion for Bach and Coltrane

Made possible, in part, with support from the Department of Music & the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts at Duke University.

Imani Winds 'Passion for Bach & Coltrane'

“what triumph sounds like”

The Philadelphia Inquirer (on Imani Winds)