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Composer Terence Blanchard to be Named BMI Icon

Jazz musician and composer Terence Blanchard to be named BMI Icon at the 35th annual Film, TV and Visual Media Awards of Broadcast Music Inc.

From the article:

“As a composer, Terence Blanchard’s music is steeped in jazz, but he’s also an incredibly versatile artist whose works range from film to Broadway to opera and back again, said BMI vice president Doreen Ringer-Ross. “His emotionally compelling scores m sociological statements about sensitive cultural issues faced by many, both past and present.”

Blanchard is a five-time Grammy winner and recent Oscar nominee for his work in Spike Lee‘s “BlacKkKlansman.” This isn’t his first collaboration with Lee. Blanchard composed the score for Lee’s films including “Insideman,” “Malcolm X,” “25th Hour,” “Chi- Raq” and “Jungle Fever.”

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Blanchard speaks on the inspiration for behind “BlacKkKlansmen”‘s score:

I was nervous about what would be the sound. But when I first saw the first cut, Jimi Hendrix popped in my head. There was something about the way John David Washington walked into that first scene with that leather jacket and those jeans and that afro, and—listen, I was born in 62, so the 70s was my time. That [song] literally popped in my head right away, for some reason. And I kept thinking that we don’t wanna try to emulate Jimi. But we do want to be influenced and inspired by him. That’s the most important thing.

Terence Blanchard is a widely acclaimed jazz musician and bandleader. His work in community and mentorship was honored by the performing rights society in 2010.

Blanchard’s credit just after “BlacKkKlansman” is Harry Moses’ documentary “Guilty Until Proven Guilty.” His upcoming project finds him composing the biographical drama “Harriet,” from Kasi Lemmons. All eyes are on this film as it could be a threat in this year’s Oscars contention.


Previous BMI Icons include composers John Williams (“Solo: A Star Wars Story”), James Newton Howard (“Maleficent”) and Alexandre Desplat (“The Shape of Water”). Past honors also include Thomas Newman, Alan Silvestri (“Avengers: Infinity War”), Rachel Portman, David Newman, Danny Elfman, Harry Gregson-Williams, and others.

The 35th annual Film, TV and Visual Media Awards of Broadcast Music Inc. awards ceremony air May 15 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.

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Written by Jessica Peña

Jessica Peña studied journalism at Volunteer State Community College before she began writing about film on a personal blog that sprouted from an electronic media course. She is now a film journalist for Awards Circuit, as well as a content editor and writer for the UK-based site JumpCut Online. She also loves the Child's Play/Chucky franchise with no end in sight.

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