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On August 27, Terence Blanchard will release Absence, a stunning new album that pays tribute to legendary composer and saxophonist Wayne Shorter. Featuring the acclaimed trumpeter with The E-Collective—pianist Fabian Almazan, guitarist Charles Altura, bassist David Ginyard, and drummer Oscar Seaton—and the Turtle Island Quartet led by violinist/artistic director David Balakirshnan with Gabe Terracciano on violin, Benjamin von Gutzeit on viola, and Malcom Parson on cello, the album presents pieces written by Shorter as well as original compositions by Blanchard and members of his band. Listen to the title track “Absence” written by Ginyard, which is available to stream or download today.

“I’m proud to have a chance to visit some of the music that has shaped my musical identity,” says Blanchard. “Pairing Wayne Shorter’s music with original works from The E-Collective along with the sonic colors of The Turtle Island Quartet has been an amazing experience. Wayne has said before ‘Jazz means I Dare You,’ so why not dare to be creative and pay homage at the same time,” said Blanchard.

The release of Absence comes at an especially prolific time for Blanchard whose opera Fire Shut Up In My Bones will open the 2021-22 season of The Metropolitan Opera in New York City on September 27, making it the first opera by a black composer in the 136-year history of the Met.In addition, Blanchard has just wrapped-up scoring Spike Lee’s upcoming and much-anticipated HBO documentary about New York City, NYC Epicenters 9/11-2021½ which will premiere this Fall. Blanchard will also commence writing for the second season of the HBO series Perry Mason.

Blanchard will also be touring this Fall in support of the album release, including a free outdoor concert on August 6 with The E-Collective and the Turtle Island Quartet in New York City’s Bryant Park as part of the Carnegie Hall Citywide concert series. Below is a list of confirmed tour dates, with more to be announced shortly.


Upcoming Performances


Sept. 5 – Riverfront Jazz Festival – Dallas, TX

Oct. 2 – Exit Zero Jazz Festival – Cape May, NJ

Oct. 15 – Zoellner Arts Center – Bethlehem, PA

Oct. 16 – Matthews Theatre – Princeton, NJ

Oct. 17 – New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival – New Orleans, LA

Nov. 4 – Uihlein Hall – Milwaukee, WI

Nov. 13 – The Music Hall – Portsmouth, NH