About ArcoIris Sandoval:
Known for her innovative ability to incorporate contemporary melodic, rhythmic and harmonic devices in both her playing and writing, New York-based jazz pianist, composer, and educator ArcoIris Sandoval hopes to promote environmental and social awareness through her music.
Born into a musical family, ArcoIris began studying piano as a young child, giving her first recital of original compositions and Bach Preludes when she was 6 years old. At the age of 12 she orchestrated and performed an original composition with the Tucson Symphony and Tucson Pops Orchestra. By high school ArcoIris was performing regularly with professionals in the area and was the pianist for the Tucson Jazz Institute’s award winning Ellington Big Band. She was also featured twice in 2004 and 2007 performing original solo piano works in high school and then in college on a nationally televised event held at the Orpheum Theater in Phoenix, AZ called “Cox Everyday Heroes”.
While attaining a bachelors degree in piano studies from the University of Arizona under the tutelage of jazz pianist Jeff Haskell and classical instructor Paula Fan, ArcoIris had the opportunity to perform at major festivals throughout the U.S., Mexico, Europe, and China including the New Orleans Jazz Festival and Telluride Jazz Festival. Her education was highlighted by performances with Chris Potter, Brian Lynch, Brice Winston, John Fedchock, Brian Bromberg, Ralph Carmichael, Paul Horn and the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. Moving to New York City in 2010, she obtained her Masters degree in Jazz Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music while studying with Phil Markowitz, Jim McNeely, Garry Dial, and Dave Liebman while also regularly performing with her own trio as well as bassist Mimi Jones. She’s performed at many venues across NYC including at MTV Studios, Smalls, the Steinway Hall, Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, The Jazz Gallery, Symphony Space, among others.
ArcoIris was one of few participants accepted into the 2011 Mary Lou Williams’ Women in Jazz Workshop held at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. In July 2012, she performed as a semifinalist in the 2012 Montreux Solo Jazz Piano Competition held at the Montreux Jazz Festival. In February 2013, she participated in the Metropole Orkest Arrangers Workshop, working with Vince Mendoza and arranging for guest artist Richard Bona. She is a recipient of the 2013 and 2015 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award and she also participated in the 2013 Betty Carter Jazz Ahead residency at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. under the artistic direction of Jason Moran.
ArcoIris Sandoval and bassist Mimi Jones are the musical directors and composers for the multimedia D.O.M.E. Jazz Philharmonic Orchestra, a production which integrates composition, cinematography, and choreography and features extraordinary artists including Steve Wilson, Jamie Baum, Tia Fuller, Claire Daly, Luis Perdomo, Sharel Cassity, Hans Glawischnig, and Riza Printup.
ArcoIris was on faculty for the Fall 2013 semester at a collegiate music conservatory near Chennai, India called the Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music where she lectured on a variety of musical subjects including Composition and Arranging, Contemporary Harmony, Jazz Piano, Music Theory and her own course “Music in Nature”. She also performed at Jazz Fest 2013 in Calcutta, India with the renowned Indian Jazz guitarist Prasanna Ramaswamy and toured around India with a jazz fusion trio collaboration she formed with drummer Karina Colis called “The Golden Ratio Project” featuring original compositions and arrangements.
Recently, she was a featured artist at the Tucson Jazz Festival along with Jimmy Cobb in January 2015 and performed with The DOME Experience Jazz Philharmonic for the 2015 APAP Conference which took place at the Hilton in midtown NYC. She also performed at the Vancouver Jazz Festival with Jacob and Harold Varmus, a Nobel prize winner.
She is now actively performing around New York City with Electrikana, the Mimi Jones Band, as well as with her new jazz quintet “Sonic Asylum” featuring Jaleel Shaw, Mark Turner, Nate Smith and Mimi Jones.