Born and raised in Madrid, Spain, pianist and composer Marta
Sánchez is currently based in New York City.
After finishing her classical training, she studied
at School of Music Populart, earning a grant from A.I.E. (Spanish
Association of Musicians) for being one of the best students there. Her
first band, Zafari Project, was selected by the Spanish
agency for youth (INJUVE) as one of the most promising on the Spanish
scene, giving them the opportunity to tour around Spain playing in
different Jazz Festivals. This band also won the first prize at the
international jazz contest Debajazz. She also obtained the first prize
at the Jazzargia International Jazz Contest with Javier Moreno Trio,
and the first prize at San Martin de la Vega Jazz contest with Natalia
She was selected on three
occasions to represent Spain at jazz festivals in South America,
Central America, and Europe. In 2010, she
the “A.I.E en Ruta” Touring Grant from the Spanish Association of
Musicians. In 2011, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, which
allowed her to continue her studies at NYU (M.M.).
During her time there, she toured in Costa Rica, where her group
represented NYU at the famed Costa Rica Jazz Festival.
She also was awarded a MacDowell Fellowship in 2017.
Her latest CD, "El Rayo de Luz", 2019, is on Fresh
She has toured the United States, Europe, South America, and Central
America, and performied at North Sea Jazz
Festival in the Netherlands, Eurojazz in Mexico City, Eurojazz in
Athens, Jazz Festival Vitoria Gasteiz, and Madrid Jazz Festival.
She appeared previously at Chez Hanny with Marta Sanchez Quintet.
New York-based Roman Filiú has been a saxophonist,
composer for over 20 years. Born and raised in Santiago de Cuba, he has
played, recorded, and toured worldwide with a great variety of artists.
He is currently a member of Henry Threadgill´s Ensemble Double Up, and
leads several groups himself such as Quarteria, with David Virelles,
Ralph Alessi, Matt Brewer, Dayna Stephens, Yusnier Sánchez, and Craig
Weinrib, and the Roman Filiú Quartet with Billy Hart, David Virelles,
and Thomas Morgan.
Román has played in Chucho Valdés´Irakere, has been the musical
director of David Murray´s Big Band, and has played with Andrew
Cyrille, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Steve Coleman, Dafnis Prieto, Milford
Graves, Miguel Zenón, Nasheet Waits, Michele Rosewoman, Omara
Portuondo, Roy Hargrove, and Chano Domínguez.
Tenor saxophonist Raffi Garabedian hails from
Berkeley, California, and attended Berkeley High School, where he was a
member of their award-winning Jazz Ensemble. As a teenager, Raffi
studied with Dayna Stephens. He went on to attend the New School from
2006-2010, where he received a Bachelors of Fine Arts and studied with
Bill McHenry, Mark Turner, Chris Cheek, Tony Malaby, and Andrew
Raffi has recorded and performed with Jorge Rossy, Ben Street, and
Dayna Stephens. He helped found the brass band Brass Magic, and plays
with the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra in San Francisco.
He teaches regularly at the California Jazz Conservatory and the
Stanford Jazz Workshop.
He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with Marta Sanchez, Noah
Garabedian, and Scott Amendola.
Drummer Evan Hughes was born and raised in
Berkeley. He began drum lessons at the age of 12, and performed with
the prestigious Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble, the San Francisco
Jazz Festival’s High School All-Star Big Band,
and the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Next Generation Orchestra.
While at NYU, he studied with Joe Lovano, John Scofield, George
Garzone, Brian Lynch, Ralph Alessi, Tony Moreno, Billy Drummond, and
He has participated in tours of Europe, Japan, Abu Dhabi and Costa
Rica, and played at many prestigious New York City jazz clubs
such as The Blue Note, The Jazz Standard, Smalls, and The Jazz Gallery.
Since graduating NYU, Evan has worked closely with multi-grammy winning
producer and composer Don Sickler, developing the "Jazz Drum Corner".
He appeared previously at Chez Hanny with Dan Pratt, Erik Jekabson,
Noah Garabedian, and