When Director Sarah Davol formed Englewinds, the award-winning Eco-Music ensemble, she assembled some of New York’s top freelancers, and got to work commissioning composers to assist with the group’s environmental and humanitarian mission. Englewinds addresses issues such as overbuilding of wetlands, noise pollution, the need for clean drinking water worldwide, increasing turtle habitat, milkweed planting for Monarch butterflies, building bee boxes on trees for honeybees, maintaining parklands and more.
Englewinds commissions and performs music by living composers, and specializes in music that creates environmental awareness. The ensemble has received commendation from the State of New Jersey Legislature and the Bergen County Freeholders (NJ) for its eco-music programs that have promoted environmental change in the state. Englewinds members are some of NYC’s finest musicians; they perform at Lincoln Center with the New York Philharmonic, Mostly Mozart, American Classical Orchestra, American Ballet Theater and New York City Opera, on Broadway with Phantom of the Opera and other productions, with Liza Minnelli, Claudio Roditi, and many other credits. The ensemble has commissioned and premiered over sixty new works by living composers to address environmental issues, as well as performed music from the Classical and Jazz literature.
Englewinds has performed at the New York Historical Society, Ellis Island Museum, Trinity Wall Street, Helen Keller NYC Foundation Concerts, Greenwich House Music School, Mohonk Mountain House, Lambert Castle, The Puffin Cultural Forum and at colleges and universities throughout the Northeast. Installation compositions at outdoor concerts include New York Botanical Garden, Grounds for Sculpture, Van Vleck House & Gardens, Teaneck Creek Conservancy, Flat Rock Brook Nature Center and more. New Jersey residency and community concerts include concerts at schools, libraries, senior residences, cardiac health programs, and other venues.
Englewinds has received funding from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, Meet the Composer, New Jersey Council on the Arts, Musician’s Local 802 Trust Fund, New York Foundation for the Arts, New York Women Composers, The Puffin Foundation, Ltd., Bergen County Division of Arts & Historic Affairs, Children’s Tree & Art Foundation, Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs, Gene Gutche Fund, Montgomery County Arts Council, and the Webber Family Foundation.