Creation of music and making art. Freedom of expression and freestyle improvisation at its finest. Come together at Studio Bell on Sunday, March 26 for a special afternoon of music featuring acclaimed saxophone player CK Sax.
"Let's all make a push toward the universal wavelength of love, unity, harmony, peace and togetherness. Music is therapeutic. If I didn't have music I wouldn't be alive today. LOVE without pride or complexities. There is a reason we know each other. The universe has chosen and will permit this. Everyday is miraculous. Believe and spread truth, joy and positivity.
Music comes from our innermost thoughts and emotions, crossing all cultural barriers while bringing us together and unifying us as one people. Music helps us celebrate the joy in life.
Peace and Love,
– CK Sax"
About CK Sax:
When CK was 14 he saw a picture of a saxophonist and had a realization this was the instrument best suited for his own self-expression. He went on to obtain BMus (Jazz Studies Performance in 00') and BEd (Bachelor of Education) degrees. In July 2007, CK completed a 3 year residency at the Mynt Ultralounge (2004-2007) being featured as a solo artist, achieving much acclaim in the local newspaper and media. He currently performs live freestyle improvisation, records and composes with DJ's from around the world. CK Sax has performed as a sax player alongside world renown house DJ's Tommy Largo, Johnny Fiasco, Kid Panel, Jon Delerious, MIke Eremita (DJ Pasta), DJ Rice, Defunk, DJ Nico, DJ Chameleon, Halo Vargas, Eddie C, Sean Dimitrie, Timothy Fuller and many other artists. In addition, CK has opened up for other sensational DJ's such as JT Donaldson, Chuck Love and DJ Pumpkin (R.I.P) with La Cirque de la Nuit. Other accolades were the completion of a residency (June 2011- Jan. 2013) as saxophonist/ music manager at Ubu Lounge (foyer of Grande Theatre) and Black Betty in Calgary, Alberta CANADA. Currently, CK holds a monthly residency at Kawa Espresso Bar in Calgary, Alberta CANADA. CK Saxhas played and or recorded with jazz groups and musicians such as University of Calgary Red Band, David J David Band, Claudia Santiago band, Hugh Fraser, Bobby Sanabria and Justin Brown (Greg Osby quartet) as well as many national music festivals such as The Calgary International Jazz Festival, Fozzyfest, Motion Notion, The Calgary Stampede, Carifest, Afrikadey, Beakerhead (science and light festival) and Globalfest.
Currently, CK is heavily involved in the Canadian fine arts and music scene and has played as a professional musician for over a decade. CK Sax performs weekly at various venues including 500 Cucina (Scarpetta Eatery), Aloft Calgary University, Kawa Espresso Bar, one18empire, Lounge XVIII, Hyatt Regency, Big Four Building (grand opening), Calgary Tower, Marriott Calgary Downtown, Heritage Park (Gasoline Alley), Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, Arts Commons (Jack Singer Concert Hall) among many other venues. In addition, his jazz combo "CK Sax Trio" explores many facets of music integrating various styles and genres of music into an engaging live performance.
CK teamed with Fashion Calgary as part of a portrait campaign and featured artist and was able to raise over $12,000 for Alberta Kids Cancer Care, AIDS Calgary fundraiser, teamed with YYC charity to raise funds to combat the rare disease Pulmonary Hypertension, worked with Whisky Wisemen to raise funds to provide meals for hungry Calgary kids with the charity Brown Bagging for Calgary Kids, and with Millenium Plus Homes and the Aga Khan Foundation where over $45,000 was raised for world poverty. Recently, CK played the Cancer Crusher event with Defunk, YYC Rocks against Prostrate Cancer (Is honoured as a "Friend" of Prostate Calgary by the board of directors) and YYC Rocks for the Veterans Food Bank with the Claudia Santiago band to raise funds for charity and find a cure for cancer.
Backbeat provides regular weekend activations for families, children, and general visitors of all ages, including pop-up music performances, hands-on activities, presentations from community partners, and more.