The Evolution of Antonio Sanchez

“I started kind of realizing that I had all this power down there in my studio and I could do things as if I was a mad scientist in my laboratory. And it was so liberating that of course I wanted to keep doing music this way – and that’s how Shift was born.” Antonio Sanchez – NPR

An Award-Winning Career

Spanning a career of over 18 years, Grammy Award-winning artist Antonio Sánchez is one of the most sought-after drummers on the international jazz scene. Known as a “drummers drummer,” Sánchez has been playing the drums since the tender age of five. He has recorded and performed with many of the most prominent artists in jazz like Chick Corea, Gary Burton, Michael Brecker, Charlie Haden and Toots Thielmans.

“Antonio is an exceptional musician in addition to being an unbelievable drummer,” says 20x Grammy Award-winner Pat Metheny.

Antonio Sánchez’s international acclaim skyrocketed after scoring Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman in 2014, but it was his follow-up project Bad Hombre that gave birth to his political alter ego and new musical voice.

A “Bad Hombre”

As a response to the political climate of the 2016 Elections, Bad Hombre was named after an infamous quip from former president Trump about Mexican immigrants living in the United States, “We have some bad hombres here, and we’re going to get them out.”

Antonio began expressing the anxiety of that political moment through his drumming and that led to the completed project, Bad Hombre. He continued to explore issues of social injustice and the immigrant journey on projects such as Lines in the Sand and his latest Shift (Bad Hombre Vol. 2).

Cross Genre Collaborations

Shift (Bad Hombre Vol. 2) continues Antonio’s collaborations with artists such as Trent Reznor, Kimbra, Meshell Ndegeocello, Dave Matthews and even his own 97-year-old grandfather, the renowned actor Ignacio López. Antonio says he wanted to work with artists from different genres with the goal of re-imagining or shifting their work. Playing virtually every instrument on the album, it showcases him as not only drummer, producer and social commentator, but conceptualist, multi-instrumentalist, as well as mad scientist.

See Antonio Live on November 3

Join us on Thursday, November 3rd at 8pm for an exciting evening with Antonio Sánchez and Bad Hombre and experience their mad science for yourself!