Terence Blanchard: A Tale of God’s Will

Terence Blanchard: A Tale of God’s Will


Terence Blanchard Quintet

w/ Opera Parallèle Orchestra
conducted by Nicole Paiement

A Tale of God’s Will

Saturday, April 11, 7:30pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Miner Auditorium

Resident Artistic Director Terence Blanchard
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Terence Blanchard: A Tale of God’s Will

Trumpet virtuoso and composer Terence Blanchard revisits his transcendent GRAMMY-winning project A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina), a highly personal meditation on the devastating toll taken by Hurricane Katrina written for his quintet and string orchestra. The project originated in 2005 when director Spike Lee commissioned Blanchard, a New Orleans native, to compose the score for his HBO documentary on the hurricane and its aftermath, When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts. After submitting his music for the film, the trumpeter expanded the composition to a large-scale work that includes compositional contributions from the members of his quintet, in an effort to make the piece inclusive of multiple perspectives. The work closes with the song “Dear Mom,” the leader’s personal tribute to his mother, who survived the floodwaters, though her home did not. The recording featured Blanchard’s band augmented by the 40-member Northwest Sinfonia, and won the GRAMMY for “Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album” in 2008 and a nomination for the composer’s solo on the track “Levees.” For this performance, Blanchard’s band is accompanied by San Francisco's acclaimed Opera Parallèle Orchestra, under the baton of director Nicole Paiement, to help bring this unforgettable document of tragedy and redemption to life.

Opera Parallèle
Founded by Artistic Director and Conductor Nicole Paiement, Opera Parallèle is an award-winning performing arts organization devoted to the commission and performance of contemporary chamber opera. They have presented world premieres, California premieres and Bay Area premieres of the work of renowned composers including Philip Glass, Lou Harrison, and Alban Berg. In a review for the San Francisco Chronicle, critic Joshua Kosman called Opera Parallèle "one of the Bay Area’s most indispensable artistic assets."  They are an opera company in residence at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. For their second collaboration with Terence Blanchard, Opera Parallèle returns in February of 2016 for the West Coast premiere of Blanchard's opera Champion: An Opera In Jazz, a work devoted to the troubled life of boxer Emile Griffith. 

Artist Personnel

Terence Blanchard trumpet
Brice Winston tenor saxophone
Fabian Almazan piano
Joshua Crumbly bass
Justin Brown drums

Opera Parallèle Orchestra
Nicole Paiement conductor

Artist Website

"Terence Blanchard scores the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina with empathy and grace. " — JazzTimes
"…a purposeful convergence of his film-composer and jazz-musician identities….The result is a melancholy suite that feels both intensely personal and broadly cinematic. " — The New York Times
"A trumpeter of expressive urgency and a composer of expansive vision. " — The New York Times