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DANILO PÉREZ, JOHN PATITUCCI & BRIAN BLADE: CHILDREN OF THE LIGHT
Celebrating and inspired by Wayne Shorter, musical soulmates Danilo Pérez, John Patitucci, and Brian Blade have long performed together as essential members of the Wayne Shorter Quartet. Embracing the message of their mentor and friend, these three virtuosos celebrate Wayne’s music and introduce new compositions with the Children of the Light trio. Their three-way conversation is an intense collective improvisation, unfolding and constructing the music like a rhythmic and smoldering chamber recital. Called “three musicians capable of improving and altering the course of any musical situation which they may encounter,” it’s been said a Children of the Light sound check “sounds better than half the finished recordings out there!” Speaking of recordings, their self-titled debut album released to critical acclaim and 5-star reviews in 2015. NPR says, “Wayne Shorter is Children of the Light’s hidden chord, but this trio draws power from plenty of other sources and influences too. And with its inspired music, Children of the Light shines brightly enough to last as long as any band.”
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DANILO PÉREZ, JOHN PATITUCCI & TERRI LYNE CARRINGTON: CHILDREN OF THE LIGHT
Celebrating and inspired by Wayne Shorter, the Children of the Light trio brings together three torchbearers of Shorter’s legacy: Danilo Pérez, John Patitucci, and Terri Lyne Carrington. With a shared history performing with Shorter and with each other, these three virtuosos embrace the message of their mentor by introducing compositions inspired through him. The name of the band is a play on Shorter’s “Children of the Night,” a piece that first appeared on Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers’ Mosaic in 1961. “It was John who said ‘We should call it Children of the Light and bring a little light to the world,’” recalls Pérez, “You say ‘Thank you’ to a great man like Wayne not by imitating what he does but by playing off the language he created —finding a new language in the process. Like Wayne says: ‘This is the new sound of the trio. You guys are touching another dimension.’”

When Shorter was looking to establish a new band for the turn of the millennium, it was Carrington who recommended both Pérez and Patitucci. She had recorded on a couple of Shorter’s albums and toured with his High Life band in the mid-1990s. When touring commitments kept Carrington from completing a recording with Shorter, Brian Blade stepped in and went on to become the Wayne Shorter Quartet’s regular drummer. Years later, Pérez, Patitucci, and Carrington have continued their longtime collaborations as musicians, friends, and colleagues at the Berklee College of Music’s Global Jazz Institute. This shared musical history is readily apparent onstage in a three-way conversation of intense collective improvisation, unfolding and constructing the music like a rhythmic and smoldering chamber recital.