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17Mar
Antonio Sanchez
6:30 PM - 11:59 PM Yoshi's - Jack London Square

Antonio Sanchez

Date: March 17, 2019 to March 17, 2019
Where: Yoshi's - Jack London Square, 510 Embarcadero West, Oakland, California, United States, 94607
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Perhaps not all politics is personal, but for Mexican born and raised drummer and composer Antonio Sanchez, who became a naturalized American citizen in 2016, the criminalizing of immigrants and the breathtakingly casual cruelty in the enforcement of border policies by the Trump Administration do feel personal, deeply personal.I feel so blessed and so thankful for what I've achieved in the United States, says Sanchez. But at the same time, I feel completely repulsed by what the United States is doing to immigrants especially to people coming from the South. [] So whenever and wherever I'm performing, I'm speaking out, trying to make sense of what is going on.Not surprisingly, Lines In The Sand (CAM Jazz), his follow-up to last years remarkable Bad Hombre (CAM Jazz), is a passionate and eloquent statement from a superior artist and emerging social activist. In Lines In The Sand, Sanchez turns his anguish and anger into a moving musical statement, as much a protest against injustice as a tribute to every immigrants journey.With all the political turmoil and ethnic violence that is permeating the country and the world, writes Sanchez in the liner notes for Lines In The Sand, its been impossible for me not to pay much closer attention to what being a brown-skinned immigrant with a Latin name from a third world country means to me, as well as the implications for my family and my future children.As I write these words [in July 2018], families are being torn apart at the US-Mexico border in a grotesque attempt to deter illegal immigration (which happens to be at a historical low). Small immigrant children being scarred for life by these inhumane policies keep reminding me of the millions of people that arent as fortunate as I have been and whose journey to come to this country sometimes becomes a matter of sheer life or death.Working with his band Migration John Escreet on piano, Fender Rhodes and Prophet Synthesizer; Matt Brewer on acoustic and electric
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