BIRDMAN: Film + Live Score
Saturday, October 29, 2016 | 8:00 pm
The New York Times calls Antonio Sanchez “one of the standout jazz drummers on the contemporary scene, a polyrhythmic ace attuned to the subtlest dynamic fluctuations.” Jazz fans have known him for years as the top-notch drummer in Pat Metheny’s all-star Unity Group and as a brilliant composer and bandleader in his own right. He broke big in 2014 with his thrillingly propulsive score to Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s frenetic Oscar-winning film Birdman. That score won Sanchez his fifth GRAMMY Award, as well as a new audience.
Sanchez vivfies his Birdman score onstage alongside a screening of the film, as he accompanies the Best Picture winner live. Sanchez augments the ceaseless mayhem and unbroken action of the story with a single continuous drum solo, his restless rhythms tracing the frenzied interplay of the all-star ensemble cast, including Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts. It’s a feat of incredible athleticism, coordination, and style, and an event no fan of music or film should miss.