Bea Labikova is a Slovak-Canadian saxophonist and improviser. Her music is rooted in her interest in contemporary free improvisation, modern jazz, Carnatic music and folk music from various cultures.
She is actively involved in Toronto's creative music scene as a freelance saxophonist and as a member of several ensembles, such as Asiko Afrobeat Ensemble, Lila Ensemble, The Rhinoceros Saxophone Quartet, and Insou-Unsou.
Bea is drawn towards exploring connections between different forms of art through free improvisation. She has collaborated extensively with many dancers, researching the relationship between movement and music.
Bea draws a lot inspiration from the diversity of our world. She has collaborated on projects with musicians from Botswana, Nigeria, Iran, Azerbajan, India and Eastern Europe, among others. She has been also developing her own innovative style on the Fujara, a Slovak overtone flute. Bea adapted the instrument for use in free improvisation, taking it out of its traditional folk music context. Recently, she's been exploring the Fujara's percussive potential through the Carnatic tradition of Korvais.
Bea has performed at prominent Canadian venues such as Koerner Hall, WestJet Stage at Harbourfront Centre, The Rex Jazz and Blues Bar and Aga Khan Museum. She appeared at Guelph Jazz Festival, Afrofest, Somewhere There Festival and many others. She toured internationally with Lila Ensemble and she has performed in Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Croatia, Austria, Czech Republic and Slovakia.