A late-February 2022 release is planned for SAAM from Madrid-born pianist and composer Marta Sánchez, London label Whirlwind has announced. The title an acronym standing for ''Spanish American Art Music'' finds the pianist on the album in the playing company of saxophonists Alex Lore and Roman Filiu, bassist Rashaan Carter and drummer Allan Mednard. Album track ‘Marivi’ is a homage to Sánchez's late mother and features trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and the guitarist singer-songwriter Camila Meza.
Sánchez studied classical music at the Madrid conservatoire and formed her first group as a leader, a trio sixteen years ago which was later reflected in the album Lunas, Soles y Elefantes.
With a quartet whose members included Reinier Elizarde (who has made an impact this year with Daniel García) Sánchez released La Espiral Amarilla, a decade ago featuring the pianist's original compositions.
Sánchez has been the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship enabling her to study for a master's at New York University. In the States she recorded Partenika followed later by Danza Imposible and more recently in 2019 a quintet album El Rayo De Luz.
Marta Sánchez, photo via Whirlwind