BOSTON — World renowned trumpeter, composer, bandleader and Blue Note recording artist Terence Blanchard will come to Berklee College of Music next year as a visiting scholar in the Jazz Composition department beginning in the fall. Blanchard will also work in the Film Scoring and Brass departments as well as the Berklee Global Jazz Institute.
“Terence is a triple threat: a composer of the highest order in film and jaz, a widely admired performer, and someone who has devoted himself to teaching and passing the tradition along to the next generation,” said Berklee president Roger Brown. “We are excited to have him be part of Berklee.”
“Coming to Berklee feels like I’m coming home,” said Blanchard. “Even though I never went to Berklee, I hang out there a great deal and learn a lot from my friends who went there. Recently, I was guest teaching and was amazed at how much the school has grown and created new avenues for expression. I am really looking forward to joining the faculty and will do my best to add to an already great team of educators.”
In the spirit of his onetime membership in the jazz school of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, Blanchard has mentored several musicians in his bands who have gone on to have significant recording careers of their own, including Berklee alumni Lionel Loueke and Kendrick Scott, Aaron Parks, and current band member Fabian Almazan.
“My approach to teaching will be what it’s always been” Blanchard added. “Helping students find that individual musical personality inside them and giving them the tools to expand and develop their own ideas into bigger forms of musical exploration.”
New Orleans native Blanchard is a four-time Grammy-Award winner. His acclaimed recordings include “The Heart Speaks” “Bounce,” :Flow,” “A Tale of God’s Will (A Requiem for Katrina),” and “Magnetic,” which marked his return to Blue Note after eight years composing and performing works for film, as well as releasing a series of cd’s for Concord.
More news from Berklee includes the announcement that pop artist Ghita, a Berklee student from Casablanca, Morocco, will open for superstars Maroon 5 at the 14th annual Festival Mawazine Rhythmes du Monde in Rabat, Morocco, on Saturday, June 6. The concert is on the closing night of the nineo-day festival that has drawn one million people in past years. In addition to Maroon 5, headliners include Jennifer Lopez, Pharrell Williams, String, vicli, Sean Paul, Usher, Akon, and Placebo.
Through social media, one of Ghita’s songs caught the attention of a Moroccan radio station. Festival Mawazine organizers heard the song and invited her to submit videos for consideration, after which Maroon 5 asked her to open for them. At the festival Ghita will perform original songs from her forthcoming debut EP, which is a collaborative effort performed and produced by Berklee students and alumni. She describes the sound as pop with a summertime feel with a combination of Middle Eastern, Indian and Arabic rhythms.