ARCOIRIS SANDOVAL is a jazz pianist, composer, and Fulbright award recipient originally from Arizona and currently residing in New York City.
She obtained her Master’s degree in jazz piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music and has won the 2013 and 2015 ASCAP young jazz composer awards in addition to being a semifinalist in the Montreux Solo Jazz Piano competition in 2012, a participant in the Mary Lou Williams Festival, Betty Carter Jazz Ahead and the Metropole Orkest Arrangers Workshop directed by Vince Mendoza featuring Richard Bona.
One of her arrangements was performed by the Metropole Orkest at the 2016 B.B.C. Proms tribute to Quincy Jones. She has also performed at major festivals throughout the world, including Umbria Jazz Festival, Winter Jazz Fest in N.Y.C., the Telluride Jazz Festival, the Tucson Jazz Festival with Lonnie Plaxico opening for Tower of Power in 2017 as well in 2015 at the Tucson Jazz Festival with Jimmy Cobb, the Vancouver Summer Festival, and many others throughout China, Europe, India, South America, and Mexico.
Sandoval was recently a finalist at the inaugural Ellis Marsalis Jazz Piano Competition in the summer of 2018. ArcoIris and bassist Mimi Jones are the Co-directors and composers for The D.O.M.E. Experience, an award-winning environmentally and socially motivated orchestra featuring cinematography as well as dance, and have a roster of acclaimed musicians including Wayne Escoffery, Steve Wilson, Dayna Stephens, and many others.
She is actively performing and touring with several ensembles, including Allan Harris, the Mimi Jones Band, and her own Sonic Asylum trio and quintet project, which has performed at the Kennedy Center and Vermont Jazz Emerging Artist festival. She has recorded on Eugene Marlow’s album “Obrigado Brasil,” which made it to the first round of Grammy nominations in 2016, and W.B.G.O. considered a Latin Jazz premium album in 2017. She released her debut Sonic Asylum Trio album in the summer of 2018 with M.E.I.I. Enterprises entitled “First Voyage,” featuring Marty Kenney on bass and Allan Mednard on drums, recently won a Global Music Award.
Arcoiris Sandoval and pianist, Hector Martignon will perform at Klavierhaus as part of Piano Festival on Saturday, March 11, 2023. Click HERE for information and tickets.