Primary Instrument: Piano
Marta Sanchez is a regularly requested musician and first call pianist in the Madrid jazz circuit, where she has acquired an impeccable reputation and impressive resume.
She has performed with Bob Sands, Norman Hogue, Chema Sáiz, Israel Sandoval, Román Filiú, Ariel Bringuez, Talento Jazz Orquesta, Afrodisian Big Band, Santiago de la Muela, Doris Cales, Antonio Serrano, Eva Escot, Larry Martin, Natalia Calderón and Pedro Ruy Blas among others.
Sanchez has directed her own projects since 2005, starting a trio with Carlos Barretto (bass) Andrés Litwin (drums), with whom she released the CD: “Lunas, Soles y Elefantes” (Errabal, 2007).
In 2008, she created a piano quartet with Ariel Bringuez (saxophone), Reinier Elizarde (bass) and Andres Litwin (drums), with whom she recorded: “La Espiral Amarilla” (Errabal, 2011). Both of these recordings received excellent reviews in the specialized media. During this period, the trio and the quartet performed in the premier jazz clubs of Spain: Café Central, Bogui, Jamboree, La Bilbaina, Berlin Jazz Café, Calle 54 among others and performed at prestigious jazz festivals like the Festival de Jazz de Madrid, Festival de Jazz de Vitoria-Gasteiz, Segojazz, Festival de Jazz de Lleida, Festival de Jazz es primavera en San Juan Evangelista, Festival de Jazz de Castellon, Festival de Jazz de Valladolid, Festival de Jazz de Zaragoza. They have also toured outside Spain, in Argentina, Uruguay and Chile.
Marta also has collaborated as co-leader in other projects: the Trio D' Free Qi, with Martin Leiton on bass and Andres Litwin on drums, which was awarded with a grant from Caja de Burgos to record a CD and performed throughout Spain. Marta also participated in the ensemble Zafari Proyect. This band was awarded with the Young Creation Awards (INJUVE) in the modality of contemporary music composition. The aims of this award is promoting the creative activity of young artists and favoring the diffusion of their work, by organizing concerts throughout Spain. They were winners of the international award “Debajazz” as well. The award included the recording of a CD: “Zafari Project” (Errabal, 2006).
Marta is the pianist of Natalia Calderon Quartet, vocalist with whom she toured around Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Thailand and Holland, and also recorded the CD: “Flor Azul” (SGAE, 2011).
Some other recordings as a sideman include vocalist Doris Cales' CD: “Songs from my Heart” (Quadrant records, 2006; produced by Bruce Barth), the two CDs of the Miguel Angel Blanco's Afrodisian Big Band: “Mediterraciones” (2008) and “Satierismos” (2011), both of the CDs of the Santiago de la Muela's Talento jazz Orchestra: “Lineas Paralelas” (i.Reilly, 2008) and “Standards” (Escuela de Ingenieros Industriales, 2008) and Javier Moreno Trio (New Mood jazz).
Marta has received multiple awards, including the First Prize on the San Martin de la Vega jazz contest with Natalia Calderón Quartet (2008), the First Prize of the Jazzargia Contest (El Ciego, Alava, Spain) with Javier Moreno’s trio (2008), Winner in the Debajazz contest with Zafari Project (2005), finalist for the Montjuic First Jazz Contest (Barcelona, Spain) with Marta Sanchez trio (2005). She has composed soundtracks for short films, receiving recognition and prizes for: Best composer for the soundtrack of “The Puzzle” at Caja Madrid Short Movies Festival (2000), Best composer for the Soundtrack of “Ya No Puede Caminar” at the Alcala de Henares Short Movies Festival (2001), Best composer for the Soundtrack of “Ya No Puede Caminar” at Curt Ficcions in Barcelona (2002), and Best composer for the Soundtrack of “Ya No Puede Caminar” at The Palma de Mallorca Film Festival (2002). Sanchez has taught in prominent jazz schools in Madrid as the Escuela Popular de Musica y Danza (2007-2011) and the IMT (Instituto de Musica y Tecnologia, 2003-2006).
Marta Sanchez is currently living in New York. She is studying master in jazz piano performance at NYU thanks to being awarded with a Fulbright Scholarship.
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