Angelica Sanchez brings her new, nine-piece orchestra to our Traveling Loft

The New York Times’s Nate Chinen once wrote that Angelica Sanchez enjoys “building structures and breaking free of them.” It’s that push-and-pull between chaos and order that makes her composing, arranging and playing so powerful — and so distinctive.

We’re pleased to announce that Sanchez will appear in D.C. as our next Traveling Loft headliner on Saturday, May 4, at a familiar CapitalBop haunt: the Abramson Family Auditorium at NYU Washington, DC. Sanchez will be presenting a new, nine-piece ensemble, making its D.C. debut. This band convenes some of the most powerful improvisers in progressive jazz: tenor saxophonist Chris Speed, alto saxophonist Michael Attias and bassist John Hebert, among others.

Tickets to the show are just $15 in advance ($10 for students). The Abramson auditorium is a gorgeous space to get immersed in powerful music. If you’re a longtime CapitalBop fan, you might remember our presentations of Vijay Iyer and Wadada Leo Smith, Odean Pope’s Saxophone Choir, Michael Formanek’s Ensemble Kolossus, the Oliver Lake Big Band or, most recently, the Tiger Trio.


The legendary, D.C.-based drummer Nasar Abadey will open for Sanchez, leading a trio of musicians whose powerful creativity will serve up a formidable first helping before Sanchez’s restless, searching ensemble takes over.

Here’s Luke Stewart, CapitalBop’s director of presenting, on why our team chose to present Sanchez at the Traveling Loft:
For over a decade, pianist Angelica Sanchez has steadily created a strong identity as a skilled composer and formidable improviser. With each performance, with each new project, her voice on the piano has come to stand out among her peers. Her new, nine-piece chamber ensemble is yet another benchmark in a career that has continuously taken her music and focus to higher levels.

Here’s the full band lineup for the nonet: Chris Speed, tenor saxophone; Michael Attias, alto saxophone; Ben Goldberg, clarinet; Thomas Heberer, trumpet; Kenny Warren, trumpet; Omar Tamez, guitar; John Hebert, bass; and Sam Ospovat, drums.

Who knows what new levels Sanchez will hit at the Traveling Loft on May 4. Join us, and hear for yourself!

This concert is made possible by support from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.



About Jamie Sandel

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Jamie is an organizer, musician and multimedia creative. He is a native of Silver Spring, MD, and returned to the D.C. area in 2018 after some time in Massachusetts, where he assisted the Amherst College Concert Office and the Amherst Symphony Orchestra. He graduated with a degree in music from Amherst College. Reach Jamie at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @wjsandel.

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