miércoles, 8 de abril de 2015

Marta Sánchez Quintet - Partenika (2015)

Gab's Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆  

Born and raised in Madrid, Spain, pianist and composer Marta Sánchez is actively working in the contemporary creative music scene in New York City and around the globe. 

After finishing her classical training at the Conservatory, she began her academic training in jazz and contemporary music at School of Music Populart,  earning a grant from A.I.E. (Spanish Association of Musicians) for being the best student there. The first band she created, Zafari Project, was selected by the Spanish government agency for youth (INJUVE) as one of the mostbrilliant on the Spanish scene, giving them the opportunity to tour around Spain playing in different Jazz Festivals. This band also won the first price at the international jazz contest Debajazz, which is not the only jazz contest Ms. Sánchez won, since she also obtained the first prize at the Jazzargia International Jazz Contest with Javier Moreno Trio and the first prize at San Martin de la Vega Jazz contest with Natalia Calderon Quartet. She is the only musician in Spain who has been selected on three occasions by AECID (government agency for international development cooperation) to represent Spain at jazz festivals in different countries around South America, Central America and Europe; with her own band on two occasions (2009, 2012) and with Natalia Calderon Quartet (2009). In 2010, she received the "A.I.E en Ruta" Touring Grant from the Spanish Association of Musicians. In 2011, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, which allowed her to continue her studies at New York University (M.M.).During her time there, Ms. Sánchez was selected as a “Promising Artist of the 21st Century” by Jeff Levenson of Warner Bros. Records. This led to an international tour in Costa Rica, where her group represented NYU at the famed Costa Rica Jazz Festival.

As a bandleader, she is currently working with her New York-based Quintet with respected saxophonists Jerome Sabbagh and Roman Filiu, and her Spanish trio D'free QI.With both, she has released critically acclaimed albums for Errabal Records. In addition, she started a new project, a sextet that features singer Camila Meza, and she is involved in many other music projects as a collaborator, performer, and/or studio musician, in the United States and abroad.

She has touring the United States, Europe, South America and Central America, performing at prestigious venues and prominent festivals such as North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, Eurojazz in Mexico City, Eurojazz in Athens, Jazz Festival of Vitoria Gasteiz, and Madrid Jazz Festival. Notable newspapers such as "All About Jazz"praised Ms. Sánchez saying that "Sánchez should positively be included in those Spanish jazz artists who are maalent, feeling and knowledge of the music".

01. Opening 3:33
02. Patella Dislocation 7:58
03. Partenika 8:49
04. Balada del Momento 7:44
05. Yayyy 4:52
06. Andy 8:03
07. Small Game 6:48
08. El paso de los años 4:06

Jerome Sabbagh (tenor sax)
Román Filiú (alto sax)
Marta Sánchez (piano)
Sam Anning (bass)
Jason Burger (drums)

"Master your instrument, master the music 
& then forget all that & just play."
 - Charlie Parker -