Wavelength Winds is a Maryland-based wind quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, french horn) that programs new commissions, creates innovative projects, and engages in collaborations that put classical music in a culturally relevant context. The group is committed to expanding the wind quintet repertoire, and this year they commissioned four new works, including a quintet by John Steinmetz, a work for which they have exclusive performing and recording rights for a year.
The group collaborates with local DC hip-hop/rap artist Konshens the MC in an ongoing project called “Classically Dope.” This fusion of hip-hop/rap and classical music bridges the gap between these two performing worlds, bringing communities together in a never-before-heard fashion. This month the Classically Dope collaboration opened for Yo-Yo Ma and Esperanza Spalding at an outreach concert at Anacostia High School in SouthEast DC. In February 2019, Classically Dope will be featured on Washington Performing Arts Music Distilled concert series, an event co-sponsored by the Mars Urban Arts Initiative. The group has also been featured by the DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment, Emancipation Day at Freedom Plaza, Circa Media, One Love Massive, and NextNOW Fest.
Additionally, this fall Wavelength Winds and Avant Projekts recorded a classical music video based on the tale of Sleeping Beauty called The Prick of the Spindle. A synergy of music, dance, and film, the video will be distributed for free on social media in October 2018 to connect with modern audiences on the digital concert stage.
Projects such as these are made possible by the generous support and contributions of the University of Maryland/The Clarice, collaborative artists, and patrons. Contact us if you’d like to sponsor a project or collaborate with us!
The Prick of the Spindle music video release
PC Lauren Patin Photography
Natalie Groom, clarinet, B.M. Kent State University, M.M. and M.B.A. University of Arizona
Derek Maseloff, horn, B.A. Cornell University
Qun Ren, bassoon, B.M. Oberlin Conservatory
Lydia Consilvio, oboe, B.M. Eastman School of Music, M.M. Yale School of Music
Thomas J. Wible, flute, B.M. New England Conservatory, M.M. Boston Conservatory