The Intercultural Music Initiative (IMI) is a consortium of professional musicians, composers, educators, scholars and administrators with a common mission to perform music by lesser-known composers. IMI concerts and artist residency programs also incorporate familiar, comparative repertoire from pre-Baroque through contemporary music literature. IMI artists lend their professional expertise to advocacy issues relating to music education, diversity issues and advise how to develop a more culturally inclusive repertoire and music curriculum in schools, colleges and conservatories. IMI musicians serve as cultural ambassadors through the USA-Africa Artists Exchange, an international outreach of the African Musical Arts.
IMI Chamber Players in concert performing works for wind quintet
Concerts: The IMI Chamber Players are regularly featured on the African Musical Arts concert series in St. Louis, Missouri, and are also available for concert engagements across the United States. Although our wind quintet has become very popular, other instrumentations of the IMI Chamber Players are available including string quartet, piano and voice, piano & solo wind/string instruments, duo-piano, etc.
Pianist Rebeca Omordia (UK) accompanies American flutist, Kim Sopata
Artist-Residency: IMI Residency programs are designed for colleges and universities across the United States that desire to offer courses and programs that stimulate interest and academic inquiry into new musical genres by African American and other African-descent composers. Our short residency program ranges from 4 days to 2-weeks and includes lecture-recitals, interactive workshops, and student-presenter and faculty-presenter concerts. In partnership with host colleges/universities and depending on area of academic focus, IMI residencies can be designed to offer 2-6 undergraduate or graduate course credits.
Marimbist Jeff Barudin and flutist Wendy Hymes at an IMI concert
Our corps of distinguished performers, scholars, composers, educators and arts administrators are scheduled in temporary artist-residencies with partnering institutions. These artists are specialists in repertoire by African-descent composers, along with comparative repertoire from familiar standards. Residencies include joint-concerts by visiting artists and the students and/or faculty at the host institution.
Composer FredO in residency with Chicago's Marvericks Ensemble
The Intercultural Music Initiative program compliments and expands the existing body of African-American, African-derived, Africana and World music. With a wide network of highly qualified presenters, the IMI essentially serves as a 1-stop artists agency of artists/scholars who are committed to promoting new genres of intercultural music. Our consortium of musicians appreciates the honor and the enormous responsibility to serve as a unique resource for a performance-focused, in-depth inquiry into the vast world of music literature by lesser-known composers.
Ghanaian organist Elikem Fiase and Italian pianist Silvia Belfiore
Booking and artist fees are varied and flexible, and are determined by the size of ensemble desired, and length of concert/residency program, etc.