Friday, February 26, 2010

Terence Blanchard events at Stanford, March 4-6

The Stanford Institute for Diversity in the Arts is hosting some events around jazz trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard's Lively Arts performance on Saturday, March 6. Blanchard will be featuring music composed for the documentary, When the Levees Broke, titled A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina). Other events include:
  • Film screening of When the Levees Broke on March 4 (Parts 1 and 2 from 6:00-8:00 pm; Parts 3 and 4 from 8:30-10:00 pm).
    "As the world watched in horror, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans on August 29, 2005. Like many who watched the unfolding drama on television news, director Spike Lee was shocked not only by the scale of the disaster, but by the slow, inept and disorganized response of the emergency and recovery effort. Lee was moved to document this modern American tragedy, a morality play witnessed by people all around the world. The result is WHEN THE LEVEES BROKE: A REQUIEM IN FOUR ACTS. The film is structured in four acts, each dealing with a different aspect of the events that preceded and followed Katrina's catastrophic passage through New Orleans."
    This is an impressively moving documentary, and Spike Lee does a great job balancing honest approach to the disaster with the resilient culture of New Orleans. Blanchard's music plays a strong role in matching the moods of anger, fear, desperation, and fortitude that are displayed by the interviewees.
  • "Meet the Artist: Terence Blanchard in Conversation" on March 5, 12:00 pm.
    Trumpeter, compser and bandleader Terence Blanchard joins Kwami Coleman, Stanford Ph.D. candidate in Music, for a lunchtime conversation as part of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts' (IDA) and the Committee on Black Performing Arts' (CBPA) 2010 Meet the Artists Series. Coleman will lead a discussion with Blanchard focusing on his work as an artist, activist and film composer.
Here's Blanchard discussing the experience of composing the music for Levees at New York University in 2009:

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