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Marta Sanchez

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. Charting a significant path through her innovative and original music, she has reached an international audience, gaining significant global recognition.

As a bandleader, she is currently working with her New York based Quintet, with her band Room Tales, featuring singer Sara Serpa, and with the Quartet Open Can, featuring Ralph Alessi, Michael Formanek and Mark Ferber. She is involved in many other music projects as a collaborator, performer, and/or studio musician in the United States and abroad.

Marta’s main project, her quintet, was created soon after she moved to New York, and since then has released three albums: «Partenika» (2015), «Danza Imposible» (2017), and «El Rayo de Luz» (2019) all with the Spanish label Fresh Sound. All of the albums received high praise from American press. «Partenika» received great reviews from The New York TimesDownbeatAll MusicAll About Jazz,and many more. Not only that, but the recording was selected by The New York Times as one of the  10 best albums of 2015, including all genres, and it was also included on the lists of the best recordings of the year from the Jazz Journalist Association, Downbeat and All Music. The quintet’s next work, «Danza Imposible» was reviewed and highly praised in the famous public radio program «Fresh Air», it got 4 stars from DownBeat, an excellent review from The New York TImes, on Nate Chinen’s program at WBGO, and it was also included in some lists of the best of 2017. «El Rayo de Luz» was also included in the The New York Times list of the Best 10 jazz albums of 2019, it was the editor’s pick of the December issue of Downbeat, got a four stars review also in Downbeat from Giovanni Russonello, it was featured on WBGO’s program «The Checkout» and a long etc.  and After “Danza Imposible”, Marta’s music has been the subject of articles in publications including Jazziz and The New York Times.

Following three critically acclaimed quintet releases, the Madrid-born pianist-composer presents SAAM (Spanish American Art Museum) on Whirlwind Recordings, an album driven by emotional candour and boundary-pushing compositions.

Marta Sanchez Quintet - SAAM (Spanish American Art Museum) - Bar Bayeux

Marta Sanchez Quintet plays The Unconquered Vulnerable Areas

Marta Sanchez Quintet plays SAAM (Spanish America Art Museum)

Campus Jazz Algeciras. Concierto de Marta Sánchez

Marta Sanchez Quintet: SAAM (Spanish American Art Museum) Album Release




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