Angelica Sanchez - Pianist/Composer/Educator
Pianist/Composer Angelica Sanchez moved to New York in 1994. Since moving to the East Coast has played with: Wadada Leo Smith, Paul Motian, Ralph Alessi, Susie Ibarra, Tim Berne, Mario Pavone, Trevor Dunn, Mark Dresser, Ed Schuller, Judy Silvano, Mike Sarin, Tony Moreno, Ben Monder and many more. Sanchez leads many groups including her own quintet featuring Marc Ducret, Tony Malaby, Drew Gress, and Tom Rainey. Her music has been recognized in international publications like, " Jazz Times Magazine", The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, and many more. She was also the 2008 recipient of the French/American Chamber Music America grant and the 2011 Rockefellers Brothers Pocantico artist residency. Her CD “Life Between” was chosen as one of years best recording 2009 in “All About Jazz/NY”. Her debut solo CD “A Little House” was featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition in May 2011. Her latest CD “Wires & Moss” featuring her Quintet was chosen as one of best Releases of 2012 in “All About Jazz/NYC”. Her Duo CD “Twine Forest” with Wadada Leo Smith received Honor Mention as a best release in 2013 in The NYC Jazz Record.
In her piano playing as well as her compositions Angelica Sanchez seeks out the lyrical heartbeat within any avant-garde storm.
- The New York Times/Chinen
Sanchez's provocative writing - full of evocative harmonies and open-ended forms showcases her flair for counterpoint and marks her as a formidable talent...
- JazzTimes Magazine
"...introduces a refreshingly unfussy approach to advanced composition.... ...she carries an unforced authority; her virtuosity (not too strong a word) is less solid than fluid, a thing of movement and ease."
- Philadelphia City Paper/Chinen