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Monday February 11, 2019

From PBS News Hour

Jazz musician Terence Blanchard on the hardest thing about composing for film
By: Jeffery Brown

Jazz musician and composer Terence Blanchard has six Grammy Awards, but this year, he’s received his first Oscar nomination, for his original score in the 2018 film ‘BlacKkKlansman.’ Jeffrey Brown sits down with Blanchard, who grew up in New Orleans, to discuss the role of music in film, why writing it requires ‘putting your ego aside’ and how he feels about being considered for an Academy Award.

Jeffrey Brown:
In the film BlacKkKlansman, we meet police officers, members of the KKK, various characters. And then there’s a different kind of character, the score, composed by Terence Blanchard.

Terence Blanchard:
The role of the music is to ‘” like, first of all, to bring some of those intangible things to the fore, if there are things that don’t ‘” we can’t put into words, there’s emotions we can’t really describe, but the music is there to kind of help us experience that.

Watch the feature here