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Amy Sanchez: The highly diverse full-time LA freelancer and educator whose sound you've heard in your favorite movies!

Anthony Plog, host
Eddie Ludema, producer

Date posted: Sep 15, 2023

Hornist Amy Sanchez is a very successful and very busy freelancer living in Los Angeles. But she is so much more than that. In addition to all her various activities as a musician, she has also done a 99 day trip around the United States visiting all the National Parks, has become involved with NkombeRhino, a South African organization that focuses on the protection of endangered species (and in the process founded Horns for Rhino), has a pilot's license, and is probably the only freelancer in Los Angeles to have bought a house in Sitka, Alaska!

Part 1

During the week of our conversation, Amy had a VERY busy week, flying to San Francisco to play offstage in a Vienna Philharmonic concert, playing on a Thomas Newman session for a Pixar animated movie, playing Sondheim's Sunday in the Park with George, and also teaching 12+ lessons at UCLA. So we begin by talking about that week and what the life of a freelancer is like. We end with Amy talking about the beginning of her career, studying at Ithaca College and the University of Southern California and touring with Blast.

Part 2

In addition to the classical jobs she plays, Amy has also done some very interesting non-classical jobs, so we go behind the scenes of her recording sessions for Kendrick Lamar and Dave Matthews. Amy also talks about what it was like to be on the session that was a tribute to Henry Mancini, which included session musicians such as John Williams, Herbie Hancock and Quincy Jones. I also ask her what it was like to record in India for a Bollywood film!

Bonus Room

We begin the Bonus Room with Amy talking about her 99-day trip around the United States visiting and photographing all the national parks during the first year of the Covid pandemic. Her life outside of music is as varied as her freelance life in Los Angeles, so we discuss other projects she's been involved in. We end this fascinating conversation with Amy talking about the house she bought in Sitka, Alaska... not a usual purchase for an LA freelancer!

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