Sacha K is one of Australia's premier all-rounder drum kit artists. Whether burning with a jazz quartet, grooving with a funk or rock band, or lighting up the dance floor with a Cuban salsa ensemble, Sacha has proven his mettle with the best of them, and continues to break new ground with his delicate, yet explosive drumming. Sacha enjoyed a rich, fulfilling introduction to the drum kit; his earliest mentor Bob Peele schooling him in rudimentary drumming, as well as encouraging him to explore the plethora of styles and approaches available to the modern drummer. After several memorable lessons discovering the secrets behind vinyl recordings from Chick Corea, Lee Ritenour, Steely Dan & others, Sacha discovered a particular interest in jazz/fusion and the drumming heavyweights early on - Steve Gadd, Billy Cobham, Dave Weckl, Vinnie Colaiuta and so on - the usual suspects in a line up of drumming heros.

During high school, Sacha came across a compilation disc entitled simply 'Latin Jazz'. Featuring explosive recordings of Chucho Valdez' legendary group Irakere, this material became extremely influential to Sacha, perhaps the lead cause of his next obsession - Latin-jazz and Afro-Cuban music. Notable influences during this time were Cuban drummers Ignacio Berroa and Horacio "El Negro" Hernandez, whose translations of traditional Cuban rhythms onto the modern drum kit were nothing short of a revelation to Sacha. Enrolling at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in 2002, Sacha began study under Paul Hudson, who was instrumental in honing his technical approach, as well as expanding his knowledge of Jazz styles. In 2004, under instruction from Ken Edie, Sacha engaged in advanced rhythm studies during what was to be another turning point in developing his musical voice. While still studying at university, Sacha began performing professionally with fellow students and teachers alike, and established himself as a musician flexible enough to cater to any musical situation - from pub rock nights to salsa club sessions to small combo and big-band jazz concerts.

Sacha is the drummer in Brisbane salsa band Chukale, and over the years has performed with a vast array of esteemed artists and groups from Australia and abroad including Astrid And The Asteroids, Bec Laughton, Miguel, Enthusiastic Musicians Orchestra, The Louise Denson Group, Hot Mambo, 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 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.

Sacha is a Yamaha Australia Endorsee and is now a drum teacher at Just Percussion in Newstead, Brisbane.


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