Wayne Shorter Commission Project

Philadelphia Museum of Art



The Wayne Shorter Quartet performing at the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Art After 5 series, April 23, 2010. Photo by Jason Wierzbicki.

Philadelphia Museum of Art commissioned renowned saxophonist/composer Wayne Shorter for a work inspired by the Museum's East Asian art collection, performed by the Wayne Shorter Quartet (Shorter plus pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci, and drummer Brian Blade). The quartet performed in April 2010 to a crowd of almost 4,000 people at the museum's Friday evening Art After 5 series, breaking all previous series attendance records. The performance featured the debut of the commissioned work, Lotus, and a program of Shorter's past works. Preceding the concert, Shorter and his quartet discussed their influences and creative process in a live panel discussion with music journalist Tom Moon.