Antonio Sanchez and Migration

Antonio Sanchez and Migration

Antonio Sanchez and Migration
January
13
Sunday 20:00
Concert Hall

Antonio Sanchez and Migration

  • Jazz

One of the celebrated drummers of contemporary jazz, who won Grammy as a composer of music for Birdman and also with Pat Metheny as musician: Antonio Sánchez again in Budapest! This time, with his acoustic quintet called Migration he presents Lines in the Sand in November. The concert of the fantastic and socially committed, drummer, will be a quite strong start of the season.

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Antonio Sanchez and Migration

Four times Grammy Award winner and Golden Globe nominee, Antonio Sánchez is considered by many critics and musicians alike as one of the most prominent drummers, bandleaders and composers of his generation. Born in Mexico City on November 1st, 1971, he started playing drums at the age of 5 and began performing professionally early in his teens. Antonio pursued a degree in classical piano at the National Conservatory in Mexico City and in 1993 he moved to Boston to enroll at Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in Jazz Studies in 1997. Sanchez’s was always very active in the New England music local scene but since his move to New York City in 1999 Antonio has become one of the most sought after drummers in the international jazz scene. His playing is featured in over a hundred albums and he has performed and recorded with some of the biggest names in jazz including Chick Corea, Michael Brecker, Charlie Haden, Gary Burton and Toots Thielmans. He has been the drummer of choice for 20 time Grammy winner Pat Metheny and has been part of virtually every project the famed guitarist has put together since 2000. They’ve recorded 8 albums together and 3 of them have been awarded the Grammy. He regularly collaborates with some of the today’s most prominent jazz musicians such as Joshua Redman, Chris Potter, John Patitucci, Danilo Perez, David Sanchez, Paquito D'Rivera, Kenny Werner, Marcus Roberts, Avishai Cohen, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves, Miguel Zenon, Scott Colley, Dave Samuels, Luciana Souza, Billy Childs, and Claudia Acuña just to name a few. Antonio’s continuous search as an artist has pushed him to compose and lead his own bands and ensembles. He has released 3 critically acclaimed albums under his name. His first one, “Migration” was called “one of the best new releases of 2007” by All About Jazz and features a star studded cast which includes Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Chris Potter, David Sanchez and Scott Colley. His second solo effort “Live in New York” was recored during a 4 day run at the prestigious Jazz Standard in New York City and features saxophone greats David Sanchez and Miguel Zenon as well as bassist Scott Colley. Antonio’s 2013 album “New Life” was made entirely of his own compositions and was widely received by critics all over the world. It was the winner of the prestigious German Echo Jazz Award in 2014. Downbeat Magazine said: “New Life is that rare combination of great composing, great players and great musicianship”. It features Donny McCaslin and Dave Binney on saxophones, John Escreet on Piano, Matt Brewer on bass and special guest Thana Alexa on vocals. 2014 saw the release of “Three Times Three”, a double album which features three stellar trios: Brad Mehldau and Matt Brewer, John Scofield and Christian McBride and last but not least Joe Lovano and John Patitucci. This record includes six original compositions carefully penned by Antonio for each trio as well as three arranged well known standards by Wayne Shorter, Miles David and Thelonious Monk.  Another release followed in 2015 -"The Meridian Suite” performed by Migration, his flagship band since 2011 which features Seamus Blake on saxophone, John Escreet on piano, Matt Brewer on bass with special guests Thana Alexa on vocals and Adam Rogers on guitar. This album is Sanchez’s most ambitious compositional project to date which features a long form 60 minute uninterrupted piece of music. He explores the concept of Meridians: imaginary lines that divide our planet, our universe, our bodies and that allow us to accurately calculate time. Each section of the Suite is relevant in some way or another to these complex subjects and musically attempts to portray his vision of how these imaginary lines flow through us, guide us and influence us in the most subtle and profound ways. His writing is also featured on two of Gary Burton’s latest releases. “Common Ground” and “Guided Tour” include four of Antonio’s original compositions and the earlier album was named after his tune of the same name. In January 2013 Antonio was invited by acclaimed filmmaker Alejandro Gonzales Iñarritu (Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel, Biutiful) to create the original film score for “Birdman” (Fox Searchlight) featuring Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts and Emma Thompson. This is a very unique project that features Sanchez’s drumming as the main musical ingredient in Iñarritu’s film. The film has gotten an astonishing number of awards and nominations across the board for Iñarritu, the whole cast and Sanchez’s score. Antonio’s original music for “Birdman” has received the following awards in 2014: -Critics Choice Movie Awards -Hollywood Music in Media Award -The Satellite Award -Soundtrack Stars award at the Venice Film Festival -Las Vegas Film Critic’s Society Award -Austin Film Critic’s Association -The Phoenix Film Critics Society Award -The Satellite Awards Nominations: -Golden Globes -British Bafta Awards -Critics Choice Movie Awards  -Chicago Film Critics Association -San Diego Film Critics Society -Washington Film Critics Association Antonio's interest in education has taken him around the globe performing clinics, drum festivals and master classes. Some of these festivals include the "Modern Drummer Festival Weekend", "Zildjian Day" and the "Montreal Drum Festival" among many others. He has also been the featured as the cover artist in some of the most widely read drum magazines in the industry like "Modern Drummer" (USA and Brazil), “Percussioni”, “Jazzit” and “Drumset” (Italy), "Drums and Percussion" (Germany) "Musico Pro" (USA), Viidakko Rummpu (Finland) and many more. He won the Modern Drummer Reader’s Poll for Best Jazz Drummer in 2013 and has been a top contender since the early 2000’s. He’s also been among the top ranked drummers on Downbeat’s critic’s and reader’s polls since 2004.  In 2017 Antonio released his first solo album named "Bad Hombre", infusing live percussive drums with intelligent electronics.  Perhaps not “all politics is personal,” but for Mexican born and raised  Antonio Sanchez, who became a naturalized American citizen in 2016, the criminalizing of immigrants and the breathtakingly casual cruelty in the enforcement of border policies by the Trump Administration do feel personal. “I feel so blessed and so thankful for what I've achieved in the United States,” says Sanchez. “But at the same time, I feel completely repulsed by what the United States is doing to immigrants — especially to people coming from the South. […] So whenever and wherever I'm performing, I'm speaking out, trying to make sense of what is going on.”  Not surprisingly, Lines In The Sand (CAM Jazz, 2018), his follow-up to last year´s remarkable Bad Hombre (CAM Jazz), is a passionate and eloquent statement from a superior artist and emerging social activist. In Lines In The Sand, Sanchez turns his anguish and anger into a moving musical statement, as much a protest against injustice as a tribute to every immigrant’s journey.  Antonio Sánchez is endorsed by Yamaha Drums, Zildjian Cymbals and Sticks (Antonio Sanchez Signature model), Remo Drumheads and LP Percussion. 

   

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