Terence Blanchard featuring the E-Collective with Turtle Island Quartet

Wayne Shorter’s evolution as an artist is vast & unending. Performing with and composing for Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and Miles Davis Second Great Quintet naturally led to the formation of his own legendary groups—first Weather Report, then his musically unparalleled quartet. With Shorter’s career now focused solely on composing, his musical greatness has set the table for his protégé to carry his music forward to the next generation.

In Absence, 2018 USA Fellow, Oscar nominee, and fivetime GRAMMY®-winning trumpeter & composer Terence Blanchard celebrates both the brilliance of Shorter’s legacy and the inspiration he has given Blanchard, influencing his ever-expanding amalgam of music and storytelling.

For this monumental task, Blanchard will unite his internationally acclaimed band The E-Collective, featuring young musical pioneers Charles Altura on guitar, Fabian Almazan on piano and synthesizers, Oscar Seaton on drums, and David “DJ” Ginyard on bass, with the double-GRAMMY®-winning Turtle Island Quartet.

The repertoire will include arrangements of Shorter’s original work, including “Diana” from Native Dancer and “When It Was Now” from Weather Report’s 1982 self-titled release. Blanchard’s compositions will continue to expand on the reservoir of E-Collective tunes, utilizing a string quartet that is uniquely equipped for the full range of color and expression of the Blanchard sonic & stylistic sphere. Original compositions from the band include new contributions from Almazan, and for the first time on a recording, Ginyard. A heart-stopping string quartet work titled "Second Wave,” written by Turtle Island’s own David Balakrishnan, perfectly rounds out the recording.

Absence will be released on Blue Note® and co-produced by manager and SONY alumna Robin Burgess in Fall of 2021, coinciding with Blanchard’s second opera, Fire Shut Up In My Bones opening the Metropolitan Opera’s season. This new album honors the past, present and future of Wayne Shorter.

 

"Jazz is a fighter. The word 'jazz' means to me, 'I dare you. Let's jump into the unknown!’”
—Wayne Shorter

 

www.terenceblanchard.com


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Show Date

Nov. 04, 2021 7:30 PM

Theater

Uihlein Hall
929 N Water St.
Milwaukee, WI 53202

Duration

1 hour 30 minutes

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Genre
Jazz/Blues/Soul
Suggestion
Date Night Friends Girls Night
Audience
Family Friendly
Presenter
Marcus Center