'Birdman' Composer Antonio Sanchez on Playing the Drum-Score Live

February 13, 2015 9:37 PM

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Introducing a screening of Birdman at downtown’s Theatre at the Ace Hotel on Thursday night, star Michael Keaton rhapsodized about the “amazing” movie palace, looking up at the gilded rafters of the former United Artists Theatre with much the same look of awe that Emma Stone has in the last shot of the film. But he saved his real reverence — and a little bit of irreverence — for talking about the all-percussion score that Antonio Sánchez was about to recreate on stage while the movie unspooled.

Keaton riffed a bit on “the Birdman experience — which sounds like the name of a band” before zeroing in on Sanchez’s contribution. “When [director] Alejandro [Iñárritu] told me about the film,” Keaton told the 1,600 attendees, “I had loved all of his movies, and I really loved the score to Babel, s...

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