Antonio Sanchez and Birdman at the Ponta Lopud Festival

The four-time Grammy winner, drummer Antonio Sanchez, will play the score of the Oscar-winning film Birdman live during screening


The Ponta Lopud Festival announces a music and film spectacle, a screening of Birdman in the unique ambience of the Franciscan Monastery Lopud 1483, accompanied by Antonio Sanchez, who will play the drum score live in front of the audience.

Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman, a multiple-award winning drama, including four Oscars in the Best Picture, Directing, Cinematography and Original Screenplay categories in 2015, has made a breakthrough in filmmaking in many ways. In addition to outstanding acting and directing, one particular aspect of the film production complemented it ingeniously and in a way that one could perceive it almost as a tertiary story. We are, of course, talking about the ingenious original film score, improvised by four-time Grammy Award winner, jazz musician and film composer Antonio Sanchez, using only two instruments, drums and cymbals. He won the 2016 Grammy Award for his Birdman score.

Having performed on numerous events around the world, Sanchez will take the stage at an exclusive event of this year’s Ponta Lopud Festival to perform Birdman Live. Each of Sanchez’s live performances is unique because he improvised the original score almost entirely, and improvisation, which serves to create a dramatic effect for the audiences, is certainly the most demanding part of a live performance.

The musician has expressed his pleasure to have the opportunity to introduce himself to the Ponta Lopud audiences: “I am very much looking forward to my performance at the Ponta Lopud Festival. I have enjoyed performing Birdman Live for several years now and I am very excited to share this experience with you in beautiful Croatia this summer!”

Born in Mexico City, a four-time Grammy winner Antonio Sanchez graduated in classical piano from the National Conservatory of Mexico. In 1993 he enrolled at the Berklee College of Music and the New England Conservatory, where he graduated magna cum laude in jazz studies.

Since moving to New York in 1999, Antonio has become one of the most sought-after drummers on the international jazz scene. During his career of 18 years and 9 albums, as one of the world’s best drummers he has collaborated with many eminent musicians such as Pat Metheny, Chick Corea, Gary Burton, Michael Brecker, Charlie Haden and Toots Thielemans.