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. This year they co-commissioned a new quintet by John Steinmetz, a work for which they have exclusive performing and recording rights for a year. A total of four new commissions will be featured on their recital Friday, November 30th at 5 p.m. in Gildenhorn Recital Hall at the University of Maryland. This concert is free and open to the public.
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. The Classically Dope collaboration has been featured by Circa Media, One Love Massive, the DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment, Emancipation Day at Freedom Plaza, 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!
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