Grammy-Nominated Imani Winds Team Up with Alex Shaw and LiveConnections, May 3

Imani Winds Team Up with Percussionist Alex Shaw for a Signature LiveConnections Concert of Musical Matchmaking

The program, featuring Brazilian and Latin American music, will take place on Friday, May 3, 2019 at World Cafe Live.

LiveConnections, known for their signature “musical matchmaking,” is proud to announce an extraordinary artist pairing. On Friday, May 3, 2019, Grammy-nominated quintet Imani Winds will team up with Philadelphia-based percussionist Alex Shaw for an evening of Brazilian and Latin American tunes.  The 8PM concert will take place at World Cafe Live (3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA).

“The Imani Winds represent what I love most about chamber music: collaboration and connection,” said LiveConnections Concert Curator Mary Javian.  “They are not only formidable artists but they have a curiosity for working with different styles of music and are one of the most flexible ensembles I have worked with. They are also wonderful communicators. Alex Shaw has been part of the LiveConnections team since the very beginning and he is constantly growing and expanding his artistic and social practice. Together they’ll be drawing on their connections to Brazil to perform a fun and unique program that spans many musicals styles and traditions.”

Imani Winds has created a distinct presence in the classical music world through their dynamic playing, culturally relevant programming and virtuosic collaborations. With two member composers and a deep commitment to commissioning new work, the group is enriching the traditional wind quintet repertoire while meaningfully bridging American, European, African and Latin American traditions. These artists are an ideal fit with Alex Shaw, a Philadelphia-based percussionist, vocalist, composer, arts educator who specializes in Brazilian music traditions, including samba and capoeira.Together these musicians will take you on a journey through Brazilian and Latin American music, with works by Pixinguinha, Villa-Lobos and Jobim.

Single tickets to the program are currently on sale via  Tickets are $25 and $20 for students.

LiveConnections presents
Imani Winds & Alex Shaw
Friday, May 3, 2019, 8PM
World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA
$25 general admission ($20 for students) (prices include service fees)


IMANI WINDS: Since 1997 Imani Winds, the Grammy-nominated wind quintet, has taken a unique path carving out a distinct presence in the classical music world with its dynamic playing, culturally poignant programming, adventurous collaborations, and inspirational outreach programs. With two member composers and a deep commitment to commissioning new work, the group is enriching the traditional wind quintet repertoire while meaningfully bridging American, European, African and Latin American traditions. From Mendelssohn to Astor Piazzolla to Wayne Shorter and Stravinsky, Imani Winds seeks to engage new music and new voices into the modern classical idiom. Starting in the fall of 2016 through 2018, Imani Winds has been appointed as the University of Chicago’s Don Michael Randel Ensemble-in-Residence. The group has performed in the nation’s major concert venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Disney Hall, to name a few. In recent seasons, the group has traveled extensively internationally, with tours in China, Singapore, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand and throughout Europe. Imani Winds has five releases on E1 Music, including their 2006 Grammy Award nominated recording entitled “The Classical Underground.” They have also recorded for Naxos and Blue Note and released “The Rite of Spring” on Warner Classics which was on iTunes Best of 2013 list. Their 8th commercial recording “Startin’ Sumthin’” was released in the fall of 2016. Learn more at

ALEX SHAW: Alex Shaw is a percussionist, composer, curator, and arts educator specializing in Brazilian music traditions. Alex directed the 11-piece Brazilian ensemble, Alô Brasil, and was a lead member of Philadelphia’s award-winning Spoken Hand Percussion Orchestra for 14 years. He has accompanied numerous professional and collegiate dance companies, has held faculty positions at University of the Arts, Swarthmore College, and Temple University, and has taught and performed at hundreds of schools, organizations, and institutions throughout the mid-Atlantic region. His current artistic interests are focused on intercultural and interdisciplinary collaborations, sound installations, and composing for film, dance, and theater productions. Alex is the Artistic Director for Intercultural Journeys and has served as a teaching artist and board member for LiveConnections since 2008. He is the recipient of Arts International’s Artist Exploration Fund (2004), the Independence Foundation Fellowship in the Arts (2007), the Emerging Legacy Award at the UPenn MLK Commemorative Symposium for Social Justice (2012), and Rutgers Future Scholars Service Award (2016). Alex holds a BA from Swarthmore College and an MFA from the World Percussion program at California Institute of the Arts.


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