Be a part and support a unique album! Terence Blanchard’s film scores in 1 compilation!

The team behind the World Soundtrack Awards, Brussels Philharmonic and Terence Blanchard, the guest of honour at WSA Gala & Concert, are teaming up to create a unique compilation album with some of his most extraordinary film scores, and you can decide which tracks are on it!

World Soundtrack Awards and Film Fest Gent have launched a crowdfunding campaign to help finance the album recorded by Brussels Philharmonic & jazz soloists that will include all his jazzy film scores collected in one!

Main focus of the album is the music Blanchard wrote for Spike Lee’s movies and the TV series they made together (called ‘When the Levees Broke’: 4hr documentary about impact of hurricane Katrina in New Orleans). Including classics such as: Malcolm X, 25th Hour and Inside Man, mostly based on a combo + small orchestra instrumentation (of course again with Brussels Philharmonic conducted by Dirk Brossé) and some ‘lighter’ titles such as: ‘She Hate Me’, ‘Miracle at St-Anna’ & ‘Red Tails’.

Why Jazz? Why Terence Blanchard? And why Film Fest Gent?

2017 is a year full of festivities in the world of jazz. Due to its 100th birthday, celebrations are going on everywhere, and the Film Fest Gent team is honouring the genre by dedicating the World Soundtrack Awards to jazz @ the movies. Each year, they produce a compilation album with the work of a film composer. Terence Blanchard is the biggest composer of jazz soundtracks from the past 20 years. Therefore, Film Fest Gent is joining forces with Mr Blanchard to bundle up the best of his jazzy film scores, from Mo Better Blues to Jungle Fever, from 25th Hour to Inside Man. The only thing needed to succeed in making this compilation, is your support!

Launched in 2001 by Film Fest Gent, the World Soundtrack Awards aim to organise and oversee the educational, cultural and professional aspects of the art of film music, including the preservation of the history of the soundtrack and its worldwide promotion. They believe film music deserves appropriate recognition for its integral role in filmmaking.

The World Soundtrack Awards 2017 are a two-night event with jazz music as its central theme. On October 18, there will be an Awards Gala with a concert of contemporary jazz scores performed by Brussels Philharmonic & Brussels Jazz Orchestra conducted by Dirk Brossé. That night, Terence Blanchard will play scores you can find on the album live with the orchestra. The second night, October 19, will include a trip through 100 years of jazz at the movies with clips from The Pink Panther,Chinatown, The Man with the Golden Arm, and many more.

Each year WSA releases an exclusive compilation where they bring the best of a composer’s work in film to life with the help of the acclaimed Brussels Philharmonic conducted by Maestro Dirk Brossé. This way, they can create a unique album with outstanding performances where we can focus on the whole of a composer’s most important work in film instead of just one film or television series, an absolute scoop! For this year’s album, Terence Blanchard’s film scores will be recorded by a full symphonic & jazz orchestra.

You can bring Terence Blanchard’s jazzy scores to your ears by backing this crowdfunding campaign. The album will completely dedicated to Mr Blanchard’s film music oeuvre. In total, WSA needs €10.000 to pay the conductor, orchestra, studio and lots of other things, but every donation counts!

About Terence Blanchard

World-renowned trumpeter/composer/band leader and Blue Note recording artist Terence Blanchard is considered the most prolific jazz musician to ever compose for motion pictures. He began performing in the Lionel Hampton Orchestra. Two years later, he succeeded Wynton Marsalis in the legendary Jazz Messengers before forming his own influential groups.

As a film composer, Terence Blanchard is most known and admired for his unique collaboration with director Spike Lee that started in 1991 and includes Mo Better Blues, Malcolm X, Clockers, 25th Hour, Jungle Fever,Inside Man. His innovative approach to film scoring results in film music that can be gritty urban, but also heartfelt, richly emotional or low key. Sometimes there’s a blues sensibility at work but his jazz-flavoured arrangements also express a sense of anguish.

What’s in it for YOU

If you become part of the backing club you can receive numerous perks. The more money WSA collects, the better they can make the album: extra soloists, different instruments, more songs, etc. There are some pretty cool perks, like a MEET & GREET with Mr. Blanchard himself, a DUO VIP-ticket for the 17th World Soundtrack Awards Gala & Concert, your name on the thanks page of the album, a hotel stay, attending the World Soundtrack Awards Rehearsal, attending a recording session for the album, and MANY MORE!

Choose a bonus track for our Terence Blanchard album!

To thank all backers and loyal fans, they have created a poll:
– ‘Peace March’ from Chi-Raq
‘Strike Packs Up’ from Clockers
‘Funeral Dirge’ from When The Levees Broke
Quoting WSA: “We can guarantee you that this album will again be a interesting, balanced and foremost beautiful compilation of film music…this time with a very nice jazzy touch!”

CLICK HERE and help the World Soundtrack Awards create a unique album with Terence Blanchard’s jazzy film scores!

Info & tickets World Soundtrack Awards Gala & Concert 18/10/2017
Info & tickets for Symphonic Jazz Concert  19/10/2017 

Take a look at the World Soundtrack Awards 2016