Listening Room to welcome Grammy Award-winning musician

Terence Blanchard. Courtesy Studio C

A five-time Grammy Award-winning composer and trumpeter will perform in Grand Rapids.

Terence Blanchard will take the stage at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20, at Studio Park’s Listening Room, 123 Ionia Ave. SW in downtown Grand Rapids.

He will be accompanied by his band E-Collective, which includes guitarist Charles Altura, pianist Fabian Almazan, drummer Oscar Seaton, bassist David “DJ” Ginyard and the double Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet.

“My heart races at the thought of bringing Blanchard to our intimate 200 seat Listening Room,” said Quinn Mathews, general manager of the Listening Room. “We’ve had a lot of amazing performers trust us, as a new venue, to offer the Grand Rapids community experiences that we are really proud of, but this will bring a new dimension of music to the space.”

Blanchard recently was recognized and gained accolades for his opera, “Fire Shut Up in My Bones,” the first by an African American composer to be staged at the Metropolitan Opera in New York as an opener to the 2021-22 season.

He composed more than 40 film scores including collaborating with movie director Spike Lee. Blanchard was nominated for two Academy Awards for composing the scores for “BlacKkKlansman” and “Da 5 Bloods.”

“Terence Blanchard continues to push musical boundaries and defy labels and conventions,” said Aaron Doty, vice president of the Grand Rapids Symphony. “His compositions and performance with the Grand Rapids Symphony’s 2020 Symphony with Soul made for an extremely enjoyable evening, and we are thrilled that he is returning to Grand Rapids for performances at Listening Room.”

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