Program Thursday July 28th 2016
Thursday July 28th – 10:15pm
Antonio Sanchez and Migration
Antonio Sanchez dr, Thana Alexa voc, Seamus Blake sax, John Escreet p, Noam Wiesenberg b
Four time Grammy Award winner Antonio Sanchez is considered by many critics and musicians alike as one of the most prominent drummers, bandleaders and composers of his generation.
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 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 regularly collaborates with some of the today’s most prominent jazz musicians such as Pat Metheny, Joshua Redman, Chris Potter, Christian McBride, John Patitucci, Donny McCaslin, 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 4 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 recorded 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.
The second 2015 release is with Migration, his working band since 2011. This edition of the band features Seamus Blake on saxophone, John Escreet on piano and Matt Brewer on bass. This album features a 60 minute long piece written by Sanchez called “The Meridian Suite” which pushes his compositional skills in a way that no other project has done before.
In 2013 Antonio was invited by acclaimed filmmaker Alejandro Gonzales Iñarritu (Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel, Biutiful) to create the original film score for his 2014 release “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. It won the Sound Stars Award for best Film Score at the 2014 Venice Film Festival and got nominated for the 2014 Hollywood Music in Media Awards for best original Film Score.
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.
Thursday July 28th – 08:30pm
Controlling Ear Unit
Luis Perdomo p, Mimi Jones b, Rudy Royston dr
“Throughout my career I have witnessed and been part of situations on stage where thoughts of fear, frustration, anger and expectation have interfered with the musical process; dictating the path of the music being played and the musical decisions being made by the different individuals in the band, adding pressure to the performance, decreasing the risk taking element, and forcing out what is expected of you as musician.
Bassist Mimi Jones, drummer Rudy Royston and myself integrate this first embodiment of “Controlling Ear Unit”, which main concept is to try to minimize all alien thoughts that might negatively impact the performance, trusting the “ear”, and let it be in control of all the musical decisions, thus embracing simplicity, complexity, perfection, mistakes, the old, the new and liberating the musical self.”