Now in its 45th season, the game-changing Canadian Brass has performed in virtually every major concert hall in the world, been seen by hundreds of millions of people on television, sold 2 million of its approximately 100 albums worldwide, and contributed nearly 600 new works and arrangements to the brass quintet repertoire. Renowned for genre-bending versatility and joyous performances, the award-winning Brass is almost single-handedly responsible for elevating the art of the brass quintet to what it is today.
Back by popular demand, Ashu has cultivated a pioneering career as the first and only full-time concert saxophone soloist. He has established an extraordinary ability to communicate with audiences around the world through his charismatic and emotive performance style. He has repeatedly defied conventions by winning major international awards and competitions traditionally won by pianists and violinists including the prestigious “Audience Award” from the International Musical Olympus Festival in St Petersburg, Russia.
The superlatives just keep coming as Ethos enters its third decade of exceptional music-making and devotion to the world of percussion. All individually accomplished artists, the members of Ethos are equally at home with contemporary classical website press kit repertoire or in collaborations with master-musicians from non-Western traditions. Their unique performances seamlessly transport global influences into Western chamber music to create a visually and aurally compelling experience.
From Marietta, Georgia, double bassist Xavier Foley is the First Prize winner of the 2014 Sphinx Competition. As such, he has appeared as soloist with the Sphinx Symphony Orchestra, Nashville Symphony, Brevard Concert Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and made his Carnegie Hall solo debut with the Sphinx Virtuosi on October 2014. Xavier is also a winner of Astral Artists’ 2014 National Auditions. Xavier performs as part of the Sphinx Soloist Program sponsored by the GM Foundation. He is Impromptu’s Rising Star
recipient for 2017 and his appearance in Key West is made possible by the Gail Williams Munder Concert Series.
Soulful expression, instrumental virtuosity and playful banter are the hallmarks of an Intersection event in which the realms of concert and popular music are seamlessly dovetailed. The typical Intersection program is an irresistible blend of classical, jazz. Latin, Broadway/film music, vital new commissions and the group’s own original compositions and arrangements. With its versatility, engaging stage manner and unique mixing of trio, duo and solo formats, Intersection has won a large and avid international fan base.
Internationally acclaimed, Imani Winds has established itself as one of the most successful chamber music ensembles in the United States. Since 1997, the Grammy-nominated 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. Imani’s touring schedule has taken them across the globe from Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center to tours through China, Brazil and Europe.