Grammy Award winning drummer / composer Antonio Sanchez performs his unique and vibrant percussion-driven score, live-to-picture, of the Oscar winning film BIRDMAN October 9th at 8pm at Disney Hall. Sanchez’ score won the Grammy for “Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media” and the Critics’ Choice award for Best film score. Tickets to BIRDMAN in concert at Disney Hall are available at www.laphil.com. All tour dates you can find on his official website.
Antonio Sanchez continues to score for visual media with his first score for television, for EPIX’s original series “Get Shorty.” His first season score has been rewarded by the composer being commissioned to score the second season. Antonio Sanchez is also on the cover of September’s Drummer Magazine discussing his upcoming solo album “Bad Hombre”.
BIRDMAN marked Sanchez’ first foray into film composing. He recorded portions of the drum score by improvising from the script and collaborating with director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu (BIRDMAN, Babel, 21 Grams), prior to filming. Iñárritu needed the film shoot to be cohesive and, with cinematographer Emanuel Lubezki’s extended tracking shots, well-timed and the score helped set the tempo. BIRDMAN stars Michael Keaton as washed-up actor Riggan Thompson, who must overcome his ego and family trouble as he mounts a Broadway play to reclaim his glory. The director relied on Sanchez’s drum score to set the pace for the film’s cast. “Antonio recorded and improvised 60 tracks based on some objectives or emotions the film needed. That helped me enormously and sometimes I even used it on the stage” explained Gonzalez Iñárritu.
Five-time Grammy Award winner Antonio Sanchez is considered one of the most innovative drummers, bandleaders and composers of his generation. He is the drummer of choice for twenty-time Grammy winner Pat Metheny and is part of virtually every project of the famed guitarist since 2000. They have recorded eight albums together, with three awarded the Grammy. Sanchez’s continuous search as an artist has pushed him to compose and lead his own bands and ensembles. He has released five critically acclaimed albums under his name. Sanchez has also been the featured cover story in many of the leading drum magazines in the industry, including this month’s Drummer Magazine.
Born in Mexico City, Antonio Sanchez started playing drums at the age of five and began performing professionally in his teens. Sanchez pursued a degree in classical piano at the National Conservatory in Mexico, and in 1993, he moved to Boston to enroll at Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in Jazz Studies. Since moving to New York City in 1999, Sanchez has become one of the most sought-after drummers in the international jazz scene.
About EPIX Get Shorty
Multi-award winning musician, film composer Antonio Sanchez (BIRDMAN) scores his first TV project, EPIX®s original cable series “Get Shorty” produced by MGM Television. For the series, Sanchez combined his signature drumming along with his classical training to create a percussive score with orchestral influences when applicable. The show is created by Davey Holmes (Shameless) and he is also executive producing the MGM Television production with Adam Arkin (“The Americans,” “Billions”) and Allen Coulter (The Sopranos, Remember Me) who also directed the first episode. The 10-episode, one-hour dark comedy was inspired by Elmore Leonard’s 1990 New York Times best-selling novel of the same name and stars BAFTA Award nominee Chris O’Dowd (“Girls,” “Bridesmaids”) and multi-Emmy® winner Ray Romano (“Vinyl,” “Parenthood,” “Everybody Loves Raymond”). “Get Shorty” follows a hitman from Nevada who tries to become a movie producer in Hollywood as a means to leave his criminal past behind.
About “Bad Hombre”
“Bad Hombre is an experimental project in that it’s a complete departure from anything I’ve ever done in the past as a drummer, composer, producer and engineer,” Sánchez says. “I didn’t have a blueprint; it was all new to me. It was a steep, stressful, intriguing, and an amazingly fun learning curve. I’ve followed a similar approach and creative process for every one of my previous solo records,” Sánchez continues, “trying to tell a story via good melodies, appealing harmonies and solid grooves. Storytelling is a crucial part of my compositional and improvisational process and I wanted to challenge myself to write the equivalent of a musical novel. That came to fruition with my previous album, The Meridian Suite, but I wanted Bad Hombre to tell a completely different story.” (Read more about Bad Hombre in our previous article)