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Toyin Spellman-Diaz Fun Facts

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Q: Where do you get your musical inspiration?
A: So many places! Life provides all the inspiration you need when you need it if you are open. 
Q: What made you first realize you wanted to pursue a career in music?
A:  In 10th grade I realized I was a musician when my music friends and I puzzled our non-music friends by listening to Beethoven 7th at my birthday party. I knew there was no turning back after that!  

Q: What are some current projects you are working on?
A:  My quintet Imani Winds is constantly working on some sort of huge project or another. We have a residency starting at the U. of Chicago in the fall and right now we are trying to come up with as many exciting projects to do there as possible, all highlighting a different aspect of the city. 

Q: What drew you to the Colorado College Summer Music Festival?
A:  Getting to play with other players is tremendously exciting for me. 

Q: What are you most excited for this upcoming festival season?
A:  This is my first time at the festival so I'm up for anything!

- Toyin Spellman-Diaz 2015