Antonio Sanchez, BiRDMAN LiVE

Antonia Sanchez

October 17, 2016

Grammy® Award-winning jazz drummer Antonio Sanchez performs “BiRDMAN LiVE” Friday, November 11 at 8 p.m. in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts as part of the Schwartz Artist in Residence Series.

The 2015 Oscar® Award-winner for Best Picture, “Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance,” is given new life as Sanchez performs his critically-acclaimed score live alongside the visually stunning film. Sanchez’ unconventional drum arrangement, an “innovative, spot on score” according to the Wall Street Journal, provides a frenetic heartbeat that propels star Michael Keaton through his celebrated performance as a washed-up action star fighting for a career resurgence on Broadway. This special event blends sound and visuals, giving audience members the rare chance to experience first-hand the symbiotic relationship that produces viscerally engaging cinema.     

Antonio Sanchez performs “BiRDMAN LiVE” in the Emerson Concert Hall of the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts on Friday, November 11 at 8 p.m.  Tickets are available from the Arts at Emory Box Office (1700 N. Decatur Road, Atlanta, GA 30322) in person, by phone at 404.727.5050, or online at Full price tickets are $20; $15 for qualifying discount category members; $5 for Emory students. Additional information available at

Antonio Sanchez, Drums
Praised as “undoubtedly one of the world’s best drummers” by the Huffington Post, Antonio Sanchez’ musical career took off once he moved to New York City in 1999.  Since then, he has performed with world renowned jazz musicians such as Chick Corea, Gary Burton, and Toots Thielmans.  Three of Sanchez’ collaborative albums with Pat Metheny have gone on to win Grammy awards.

In 2014, Sanchez’ groundbreaking score for the film “Birdman” won the Sound Stars Award for Best Film Score at the 2014 Venice Film Festival and was nominated for the 2014 Hollywood Music in Media Awards for Best Original Film score.  

Donna and Marvin Schwartz Foundation Artist in Residence Program
Emory University and successful artists of various disciplines team together to provide Emory and Atlanta area students meaningful exposure to art from around the world.  The artists-in-residence offer master classes, demonstrations, and lectures that eventually culminate in a public performance of their work in the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.