Riding the crest of a musical wave that began with his score for Alejandro González Iñárritu's Academy Award-winning film, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), followed by soundtracks composed for director Fernando León de Aranoa’s Política, Manual de Instrucciones, and EPIX network's Get Shorty, drummer/composer Antonio Sanchez returns with his most personal work to date, “Bad Hombre.” The album a socio-political electronica & rhythm epic and was nominated for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album of 2017.
To date Antonio has been awarded 5 Grammy’s, nominations for Golden Globe & Bafta, World Discovery Award for Best Soundtrack and New Artist Discovery Award, 2 Echo Awards (Germany) and more.
“Bad Hombre” crowns an extraordinary period in the Mexico City-born musician's life. Following 17 years as one of the most revered collaborators of renowned guitarist / composer Pat Metheny, touring the world and appearing on ten recordings with the guitarist’s various ensembles. He also has collaborated with many of today’s most prominent jazz musicians.
This astonishing run was paved by years of hard work, which included a recent trio album turn, and one of two albums recorded with his brilliant quintet, Migration. These remarkably diverse releases spotlighted Sanchez's evolution as a composer and bandleader. “Three Times Three” showcased Sanchez at his improvisatory best with three different but equally iconic all-star trios, pianist Brad Mehldau and bassist Matt Brewer; guitarist John Scofield and bassist Christian McBride; and saxophonist Joe Lovano and bassist John Patitucci. “The Meridian Suite”featured an hour-long electro-acoustic suite penned for Migration.
His journey continues this year with a new release of his compositions on a forthcoming work “Channels of Energy”with Vince Mendoza and the WDR Big Band. A new Migration recording is also in the pipeline for release later this year.
Antonio Sanchez has made his home in New York City since 1999.