About Sacha K
Sacha K is one of Australia’s premier all-rounder drum kit artists (jazz/latin/rock/pop/funk) known for his delicate, yet explosive drumming.
Sacha plays drums & timables with Brisbane Afro-Cuban band Chukale, and over the years has performed with a vast array of esteemed artists and groups from Australia and abroad including Astrid, Bec Laughton, Cleon Barraclough, Enthusiastic Musicians Orchestra, The View From Madeleine’s Couch, Watussi, Los Mambises, West End Composers Collective, Osmar Salazar Hernandez, Marialy Pacheco, Felix Baloy (Cuba), Sixto “El Indio” Llorente (Cuba), Polo Tamayo (Cuba), Antonio “Leal” Rodriguez (Cuba), Wilson Saoko (Columbia), David Allen, Mark Sholtez, John Hoffman, James Sherlock, Steve Newcomb, Timothy Franklin, Jeff Usher, Rafael Karlen, Dave Spicer, Damian Sim, Shannon Marshall, Stacey Broughton, Ingrid James & more. With Chukale, Sacha has played as supporting act for international artists Chucho Valdez (Cuba), Los Van Van (Cuba), Afro-Cuban All Stars (Cuba), Sonora Caruseles (Columbia), La 33 (Columbia) and more.
Sacha has performed at some of Australia’s biggest music venues and events, such as the IGA Lord Mayor’s Christmas Carols, Woodford Folk Festival, Bellingen Global Carnival, Brisbane Festival, Darling Harbour Jazz Festival, Darling Harbour Latin Fiesta, York Jazz Festival and the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz. Sacha’s drumming can be heard on 8 albums of various styles to date. In 2013, Sacha’s latin-jazz composition ‘El Fruto‘ (featured on the Chukale album ‘Expedition’) was nominated for a Queensland Music Award in the jazz category.
Cleon’s Three – Techni-colour Rain (2015)
Composer and pianist Cleon Barraclough joins with Osmar ‘Chiky’ Salazar on electric bass and Sacha K on drums to present their debut album ‘Techni-colour Rain’. Inspired by salsa, timba, funk and contemporary jazz, the album features the group’s original compositions.
Cleon, Chiky and Sacha bring intricate Afro-Cuban grooves and jazz improvisation skills to audiences through their diverse musical experiences. Cleon’s 2011 album ‘Globalectic’ for which he played the role of performer, producer and composer, was noted in reviews for its “progressive and adventurous” merging of genres. Bassist Chiky has been touring internationally as the musical director and composer for ‘Ballet Revolucíon’ and was formerly on tour with ‘Lady Salsa’. Chiky’s traditional Cuban roots emanate through his numerous album recordings and virtuoso style. Completing the trio, Sacha K holds the drum chair for Afro-Cuban ensemble ‘Chukale’ and his many collaborations with artists from diverse musical backgrounds reflect the knowledge and capability he brings to the project.
Completing the project is internationally renowned producer and engineer John Haeny, whose 5 decade career includes work with jazz greats such as John Coltrane, Weather Report and Duke Ellington. John has stepped out of semi-retirement to produce and record this album in his home studio in Tasmania.
Chukale – ‘Expedition’ (2011)
ENTHUSIASTIC MUSICIANS ORCHESTRA
‘One For B’ (2011)
ENTHUSIASTIC MUSICIANS ORCHESTRA
‘Enthusiastic Musicians Orchestra’ (2009)
‘Salsa Down Under’ (2010)
Louise Denson Group
‘Flame Tree’ (2010)
‘The Opener’ (2009)
‘Imaginary People’ (2009)
Sacha plays Yamaha drums exclusively.
Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute Shells
10 x 8 Tom
12 x 8 Tom
14 x 13 Floor Tom
16 x 15 Floor Tom
20 x 18 Bass Drum
14 x 6.5 Steel Snare