WAYNE SHORTER’s continually expanding body of work is inextricably linked to the history of modern music. His music transcends genre while keeping the improvisational genius and surprise of jazz burning at the center. Regarded as one of the most significant and prolific performers and composers in jazz and modern music, Wayne Shorter has an outstanding record of professional achievement in his historic career as a musician. He has received substantial recognition from his peers, including nine Grammy awards to date.
Shorter’s childlike imagination and ceaseless innovation in music invite comparison to the enduring vitality of Picasso in the world of art or of Bergman in film. Recently inspired by the younger members of his acclaimed acoustic quartet (Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, and Brian Blade), he is creating some of the most powerful music of his career.
In the summer of 2007, the Wayne Shorter Quartet launched another musical excursion, expanding the boundaries between jazz and contemporary music, by performing on stage with the Grammy-nominated quintet Imani Winds. A few select festival locations around the globe became ground zero for a historic project that allowed the seminal composer and saxophonist to reach even deeper into his harmonic and melodic palette by fusing the collective leading voice of Imani Winds with the playful virtuosity and improvisational prowess of Shorter and his ensemble.