The Prevailing Winds, a new woodwind quintet based in Arnold, Md., doesn't want to bore you. "All of us are trained classical musicians and we have all gone to concerts and been bored," says Tom Puwalski, director of the group.
The Prevailing Winds, which has its second concert Saturday night at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts in Annapolis, was formed just over a year ago by Puwalski and bassoonist Roy Carson.
"We both enjoy a lot of different kinds of music. I grew up basically playing Polish weddings," says Puwalski. They wanted a group that could play a wide variety of music. "If I had to, I'd say we're a cross between Canadian Brass and Manhattan Transfer," Puwalski adds.
Frequently they perform music not intended for woodwinds. "It gets kind of ridiculous when you do violin music on woodwind instruments." But he thinks it's worth it if "it's a really great piece of music. And it makes us play over our heads. It doesn't happen really easily. We have to work to get it to go, but when it goes, it's really nice."
Four of the members, flutist Nan Raphael and oboist Kerry Willingham in addition to Puwalski and Carson, play together in the Army Field Band, and the fifth, French horn player Steve Barzal, is in the Naval Academy Band. "This is much smaller," Puwalski says. "With this, sometimes we don't even have time to breathe"