While we were hopeful to gather and experience the performing arts together once again, our priority remains safety and well-being. Therefore, we’ve had to postpone this program to a future date when we can safely resume live programming.
“Calling my record Bad Hombre is a way to express what I’m feeling about what’s going on. An artist’s weapon is art, and this has been a good way for me to get rid of some anger I have and turn it into something positive. People have a voice on social media, and I’m very active on that front, but I have my art, too, and I choose to use it in a purposeful way. The time is right for that.” —Antonio Sanchez
Grammy Award winner Antonio Sanchez is one of the most admired drummers of his generation. He is known among his peers as a “drummer’s drummer,” a well earned title from his longtime association with Pat Metheny, along with stints backing up jazz legends Michael Brecker, Gary Burton and Chick Corea, among others. He is also an award-winning producer and composer. His 2017 release, Bad Hombre, evolved from the music Sanchez composed for Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s Academy Award-winning film Birdman—a mix of mind-bending electronics with acoustic drums. An unabashed and succinctly well-crafted response to comments made by the President in the course of his campaign and shortly after taking office. Bad Hombre is an intensely personal work, both in terms of the subject matter that inspired it as well as in Sanchez’s complete involvement with every facet of its creation. Bad Hombre Vol. 2 expands the boundaries of Sanchez’s creativity by reimagining works by some of his favorite singer-songwriters in his own forward-thinking fashion. Social justice is again the underlying theme, in response to the systematic injustices being perpetrated on immigrants both in the U.S. and around the world.
Photo Credit: Justin Bettman
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