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Terence Blanchard’s E-Collective with Turtle Island Quartet

Terence Blanchard’s E-Collective with Turtle Island Quartet
Terence Blanchard E Collective with Turtle Island Quartet photo
December 09, 2023 | 8:00 PM
  • Starting at: $50.00
  • Venue: Koerner Hall
  • Series: Jazz Concerts
  • Genre: Jazz
  • Presenter: The Royal Conservatory

Oscar nominee and seven-time Grammy Award-winning trumpeter/composer Terence Blanchard and his electric ensemble are joined by the double Grammy Award-winning Turtle Island Quartet to perform arrangements of Wayne Shorter’s music along with an array of original work.

A powerful artistic force in the jazz world, Blanchard’s creative endeavours go far beyond the genre into film scoring, crafting television series soundscapes, and conceiving grand operas that have received the highest accolades. He has served as the music director of Art Blakley’s Jazz Messengers from 1982 to 1986, and has also collaborated with filmmakers like Spike Lee, George Lucas, Kasi Lemmons, and many others on numerous projects. In 2015, Blanchard formed his revolutionary jazz band E-Collective, who are known for being creatively proficient at layering funk, rock, R&B, and blues grooves. The band features young musical pioneers Charles Altura on guitar, Taylor Eigsti on piano and synthesizers, Oscar Seaton Jr. on drums, and David “DJ” Ginyard on bass.

In 2022, New York’s Metropolitan Opera debuted Blanchard’s opera Fire Shut Up in My Bones, the first opera written by an African American composer in its history. It played to universal critical and public acclaim.

Winner of the 2006 and 2008 Grammy Awards for Best Classical Crossover Album, the Turtle Island Quartet fuses classical with contemporary American musical styles. Superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma called them “a unified voice that truly breaks new ground – authentic and passionate – a reflection of some of the most creative music-making today.”

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