Langnau Jazz Nights: Terence Blanchard / Blaer

Program Tuesday July 23, 2024

Terence Blanchard / Blaer

Tuesday, July 23 – 22:15


Terence Blanchard tp/synths, Charles Altura g, Victor Gould p, David Ginyard Jr. eb, Oscar Seaton dr 

Atom String Quartet: Dawid Lubowicz violin, Mateusz Smoczynski violin, Michal Zaborski viola, Krzysztof Lenczowski cello



Terence Blanchard has been a consistent artistic force for making powerful musical statements concerning painful American tragedies – past and present.   He stands tall as one of jazz’s most-esteemed trumpeters and defies expectations by creating a spectrum of artistic pursuits.

A five-time Grammy Winner and twice Oscar-nominated film composer, Blanchard becomes only the second African-American composer to be nominated twice in the original score category at the 2022 Academy Awards, duplicating Quincy Jones’ feat from 1967’s In Cold Blood and 1985’s The Color Purple.

Blanchard is also heralded as a two-time opera composer whose Fire Shut Up in My Bones, is based on the memoir of celebrated writer and New York Times columnist Charles Blow.  The Metropolitan Opera premiered Fire Shut Up in My Bones on September 27, 2021, to open their 2021-22 season in New York, making it the first opera composed by an African-American composer to premiere at the Met.  The recording of those performances just received a Grammy nomination for “Best Opera Recording.”  The New York Times labeled Blanchard’s opera “inspiring,” “subtly powerful” and “a bold affecting adaptation of Charles Blow’s work.” Of the historical moment, Blanchard said, “I don’t want to be a token, but a turnkey.”

Tuesday, July 23 – 20:30

Maja Nydegger p/comp, Nils Fischer bcl, Claudio von Arx ts, Simon Iten b, Philippe Ducommun dr

The quintet around the Swiss pianist and composer Maja Nydegger was founded over ten years ago and has already released four albums, the last two of which on the label of the renowned pianist Nik Bärtsch. Nydegger's music is calm but at the same time full of energy and combines elements of minimal and jazz. Reduced to the maximum, so to speak, each composition creates its very own cosmos of sound, characterized by repetitive piano patterns and spherical woodwind melodies. This unique music has already taken the five representatives of the exciting young Swiss jazz scene to numerous stages in Switzerland and abroad.