Two Unique Albums Showcase Sánchez’Versatility as a Composer & Bandleader 2014 proved to be a landmark year for drummer/composer/bandleader Antonio Sánchez. Long one of the most acclaimed and in-demand drummers of his generation, Sánchez’s ever-expanding musical vision was discovered by new audiences through his Golden Globe & BAFTA-nominated score for Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Academy Award-winning film Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), and a globe-spanning 150-city tour with the Pat Metheny Unity Group, the latest iteration of a fifteen-year collaboration between the guitarist and drummer – in addition to appearing as a featured musician in Miles Ahead, Don Cheadle’s forthcoming biopic on Miles Davis as well as composing and recording his next album as a leader.
Now, Sánchez follows that well-deserved success with two remarkably diverse new releases that spotlight the continued evolution of his compositional and bandleading talents. Three Times Three (available April 28 on CamJazz – distributed by Sunnyside Records in the U.S.) showcases Sánchez at his improvisatory best with three different but equally iconic all-star trios; while the breathtaking, sweeping The Meridian Suite (available June 9) features the composer’s most ambitious work to date, an hour-long electro-acoustic suite penned for Migration, his working ensemble.
“I’m trying to expand my horizons as a composer,” Sánchez says. “These two albums are so radically different that I hope they’ll showcase two completely different sides of me.”
That range only adds to the multi-faceted dimensions that Sánchez has shown to audiences over the years, culminating in his exhilarating score for Birdman. Despite being disqualified from Oscar contention – for arcane reasons having to do with the use of pre-existing classical music on the soundtrack – Sánchez’s innovative drums-only score won top honors at other important award shows and contributed immensely to the film’s success at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony, where it won four awards including Best Picture. While Sánchez was understandably disappointed by the Oscar snub, the outcry against the decision has been reassuring and the composer is well aware of his achievement, saying, “The work speaks for itself.”
On Three Times Three, Sánchez assembled three different trios, a format which allows for incredible intimacy and interplay and in which he’s enjoyed considerable success as drummer for three-man groups led by the likes of Metheny and pianist Danilo Pérez. The trio configurations on Three Times Three are undoubtedly impressive: pianist Brad Mehldau and bassist Matt Brewer; guitarist John Scofield and bassist Christian McBride; and saxophonist Joe Lovano and bassist John Patitucci. But even more impressive is the way these three groups work together, creating electrifying dynamics and deeply empathetic communication despite their one-time-only existences.
Upcoming Antonio Sánchez Performances
**April 4/New York Society for Ethical Culture/New York, NY | April 10/Esplanada del Centro de Coyoacán/Mexico City, Mexico | April 13/Blue Note Tokyo/Tokyo, Japan | April 14-17/Cotton Club/Tokyo, Japan | April 20-21/A-Trane/Berlin, Germany | April 22/Jazz Club Hannover/Hannover, Germany | April 23/Bix/Stuttgart, Germany | April 24/Jazz Festival/Espoo, Finland | April 25/Unterfahrt/Munich, Germany | April 26/Blue Note/Milan, Italy | April 27/MA/Catania, Italy | April 28/Centro Culturale Officina/Messina, Italy | April 29/Auditorium Comunale/San Vito al Taglimento, Italy | April 30/Teatro Della Fortuna/Fano, Italy; May 1/Odeon Leicester Square/London, United Kingdom | June 11/Falcon Arts/Marlboro, NY | **June 13/Bonaroo/Manchester, TN | June 19/Subculture – Official Album Release Party/New York, NY | **August 22/SFJAZZ Center – Miner Auditorium/San Francisco, CA | August 23/SFJAZZ Center – Joe Henderson Lab/San Francisco, CA
All performances to feature Antonio Sánchez & Migration unless otherwise noted | Additional performances will be announced in the coming weeks | **Notates Birdman Film Screening w/ Live Drum Score Performance
Antonio Sánchez | Three Times Three | Release Date April 28, 2015
Antonio Sánchez & Migration | The Meridian Suite | Release Date June 9, 2015
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