KUSC’s Brian Lauritzen and Terence Blanchard
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Terence Blanchard’s Oscar-nominated score for Spike Lee’s Da 5 Bloods was always going to be big. They felt the 96-piece orchestra was necessary to tell the emotional story of friends who had served together in Vietnam returning to the country years later to find the remains of their squad leader – and the cache of gold they buried there.
Blanchard has worked with Spike Lee on 25 films and documentaries, dating back to Mo Better Blues, and as a jazz trumpeter, has learned his skills along the way. This is his second Oscar nomination; his first was for BlacKkKlansman, Lee’s last feature, from 2018.
He’s also an opera composer, and his work Fire Shut Up In My Bones (based on Charles M. Blow’s memoir) will make history when it opens the Metropolitan Opera’s season this September. It will mark the first time a Black composer’s opera has been staged there in its 138-year history.
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