“Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
An excerpt from Angelou’s PHENOMENAL WOMAN.
PHENOMENAL WOMEN is a concerto for Wind Quintet and Chamber Orchestra to be premiered by Imani Winds and American Composers Orchestra, inspired by Maya Angelou’s poem and book, PHENOMENAL WOMAN. As Angelou’s poem touts an empowered tone, the arc of the multi-movement work will leap through sounds of Atonality, Urban Classical, Brazilian Choro, Bebop, Swing and Afro-Cuban Jazz.
Musical motifs are drawn from Angelou's sensuous and peppery verses, carrying emboldened harmonies and improvisational-stylized riffs from the soli, evolving into virtuoso exchanges between forces.
Between the larger movements will be short segments which I refer to as SHERO INTERLUDES (working title). These multi-faceted, cadenza-like segments and serve as catalysts from which main movements emerge and develop. The spirit and process behind the interludes are informed by the efforts of phenomenal women who have energized me through their transcendental efforts: poet Maya Angelou, activist Malala Yousefai, Brazilian Olympic Gold medalist Rafaela Silva, athlete Serena Williams, Michelle Obama and many more. The segments are written with the capabilities and personalities of each Imani Winds member in mind.
Phenomenal Woman is about celebrating women's efforts to overcome adversity, no matter where you are.
Concerto for Wind Quintet and Chamber Orchestra (strings, ww, br, perc, pno, hp)
Commissioned by American Composers Orchestra (ACO)
and premiered by Imani Winds at Zankel Hall, November 2018.
Anticipated Delivery date: September 2018
Phenomenal Women project welcomes presenting organizations, orchestras, conductors and wind quintet ensembles to join
as co-commissioners and/or presenters within the 2018-19 season and beyond.
For more information, contact Greg Evans, Operations Director of American Composers Orchestra.
For booking Imani Winds, contact Bill Capone at Arts Management Group.