Known for her innovative ability to incorporate contemporary rhythmic and harmonic styles 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.
While attaining a bachelors degree in piano studies from the University of Arizona under the tutelage of Jeff Haskell and Paula Fan, ArcoIris had the opportunity to perform throughout the U.S., Mexico, Europe, and China. Her education was highlighted by performances with Chris Potter, Brian Lynch, John Fedchock, 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.
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 participated as a semifinalist in the 2012 Montreux Solo Jazz Piano Competition held in Montreux, Switzerland. In February 2013, she participated in the Metropole Orkest Arrangers Workshop, working with Vince Mendoza and guest artist Richard Bona. Recently, she was a recipient of the 2013 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 which blends composition, cinematography, and choreography and features extraordinary artists including Steve Wilson, Jamie Baum, Tia Fuller, Claire Daly, Luis Perdomo and Riza Printup.