Antonio Sanchez, one of the world’s greatest drummers and the winner of four Grammy Awards, performs in Bucharest on December 6.
Born in 1971 in Mexico, Sanchez started playing the drums at the age of 5. He studied at the Berklee College of Music and at New England Conservatory where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in Jazz Studies. He has a master’s degree in Jazz Improvization, and his first solo album (2007) was recorded with celebrities such as Pat Metheny (as Sanchez is a member of Metheny’s band for 15 years), Chick Corea, Chris Potter, David Sanchez and Scott Colley.
Versatility and the most various music influences have created an unmistakable brand of the instrument player and composer found on no less than 100 albums recorded with Paquito D’Rivera, Danilo Perez, Avishai Cohen, Gary Burton, Dianne Reeves, Joshua Redman, John Patitucci, Dee Dee Bridgewater etc.
In 2014, Antonio Sanchez has composed the soundtrack for the American film Birdman (the winner of four Academy Awards)- made by reputed director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (Biutiful, Babel), a creation that brought Sanchez a nomination for Golden Globe pentru Best Original Score and awards such as Soundtrack Stars at the Venice Film Festival.
His organic improvisations support the rhythm of the film, and a surprising new element is the “impure, raw sound achieved by re-recording drums. Actually, as Inarritu himself admits, the music composed by Sanchez is a character in itself: drums, with their visceral and jazzy sounds, are the characters’ heart beats.
Sanchez continued the experience with Birdman on what he calls his most ambitious project – the album Meridian Suite – that gathers musicians defined by the artist as able to perform any music score.
The group will present, for the first time in Bucharest, this “electro acoustic adventure that integrates elements of rock and improvisation, a daring music declaration about what modern jazz might mean. On this album, the Mexican artist explores the concept of meridians as space of encounter for sounds, emotions and ideas.
Meridian Suite was conceived as a novel written with sounds and perfectly contours the identity and the music evolution of the instrument player. The album reveals an important moment in the career of the musician Pat Metheny sees as one of the most valuable contemporary drummers.
After proving all there was to prove as a virtuoso, Antonio Sanchez reached a new stage with his own group, bringing on stage the irresistible energy of a quartet that defies conventions and redefines concert experience.
Antonio Sanchez & Migration will perform on December 6, at 8 PM, at the Radio Hall in Bucharest, as part of Jazz Night Out, with the following lineup: Antonio Sanchez on drums, Seamus Blake on saxophone, John Escreet – on piano and Matt Brewer on double bass.
Created by Twin Arts, Jazz Night Out is one of the freshest music platforms in Romania. Always connected to novelty, Jazz Night Out will bring on the stages of Bucharest the world’s most beloved and coolest jazz artists.
Tickets may be purchased on the Eventim network (Germanos, Orange Shop, Vodafone, Domo stores, Carturesti and Humanitas book shops) and online on www.eventim.ro.
The following concerts for Jazz Night Out are: Avishai Cohen Trio, at the Radio Hall, on October 10 and 11, Hindi Zahra, at the Radio Hall, on October 15, Ibrahim Maalouf – Kalthoum, at the Radio Hall, on November 19 and Brad MehldauTrio, at the Radio Hall, on November 26.