Antonio Sánchez & Migration
Five-time Grammy Award-winning drummer and composer of the score of 2014’s Best Picture-winning film, Birdman, Antonio Sánchez takes listeners on a dynamic electro-acoustic journey with the quintet Migration.
Antonio Sánchez (drums)
John Escreet (piano and Fender Rhodes)
Matt Brewer (acoustic and electric basses)
Thana Alexa (vocals)
Chase Baird (tenor saxophone and ewi)
“A rare percussionist who can make the familiar drum set sound like a single instrument one minute, and a complete orchestra the next.” – Cam Jazz
Five-time Grammy Award-winning, Mexican-American jazz drummer Antonio Sánchez earned international praise following his score for Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Best Picture-winning film, Birdman (2014). Long before this mainstream attention, Sánchez was releasing critically-acclaimed albums and playing with jazz legends. His first album, Migration (2007), featured Chris Potter, Chick Corea and Pat Metheny. With Migration, Sánchez takes listeners on a dynamic electro-acoustic journey sprinkled with Thana Alexa’s ethereal vocals. Their latest album entitled, Lines in the Sand, is an act of political and musical protest Sánchez describes as being “about the kind of immigrant who is constantly being demonized, ostracized and politicized by a powerful few in the name of a misguided nationalism.”
A highlight of our CapU Jazz Series, Sánchez performed his vibrant percussion-only score of Birdman live-to-picture at the Vogue Theatre in 2018. Later the same year, he returned to CapU Jazz’s lineup and the Vogue Theatre where his drum solos wowed during jazz guitar master Pat Metheny’s career-spanning showcase.
In partnership with TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival