Primiani’s Gratifying Music

“The Imani WindPrimiani Imani Winds Fest logos Chamber Music Festival is honored to have a composer like Leanna Primiani join us this year.”

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Imani Winds; Photo: Matthew Murphy

So shares Valerie Coleman – flutist and founder of the award-winning woodwind quintet Imani Winds – on the eve of the ensemble’s 2013 Chamber Music Festival in New York City. Chosen as one of this year’s Emerging Composer Fellows, Primiani will participate in the Festival’s “Composer Portraits Now” master classes and reading sessions for wind instruments and ensembles. Primiani’s popular flute piece The Black Swan will be featured on August 3 as part of a Symposium Showcase; and, on August 4, her new woodwind septet Thursdays, Saturdays, and Twice on the Sabbath will premiere at the Festival’s Visionaries Concert at Mannes College of Music.

“I can’t tell you how happy I am to be involved in this year’s Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival. It’s a wonderful opportunity to be able to work with such a fabulous group of musicians, and I’m looking forward to a long, wonderful collaboration in the years to come.”

— Leanna Primiani

Coleman continues, “We find Leanna’s music to be extremely diverse, fluid, occasionally rhythmically charged, well composed and most of all, gratifying to both performers and listeners. The Festival will feature two works from her pen: The Black Swan, which was commissioned and premiered at the 2012 National Flute Association and has quickly become a standard in flutPrimani Iamni Black Swan scoree literature, [along with the premiere of] Thursdays, Saturdays and Twice on the Sabbath…This work serves as a contrasting companion to Hindemith’s famous Septet for Winds. Leanna and her music are pure joy and an exciting addition to the Festival’s programming.”

Primiani’s upcoming premieres include a solo work for international percussionist Evelyn Glennie, and an NEA commission for an upcoming season of the Albany Symphony’s American Music Festival.