Bea Labikova is a Slovak-Canadian saxophonist and improviser. Her music draws from her interest in free improvisation, modern jazz, Carnatic music and explores the boundaries between free improvisation and composition.
Bea is an active voice within the avant-garde and creative music community in Toronto. She is a founding member of new music ensembles Rhinoceros Saxophone Quartet, Lila Ensemble, Wow & Flutter and she regularly features in the concerts of Somewhere There, Audiopollination, The Toronto Improvising Orchestra, The WoodchoppersAssociation and Coexisdance. She is also involved with the world music scene, often playing with Asiko Afrobeat Ensemble, Insou-Unsou and Trinity Mpho. 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.
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 and exploring the Fujara's percussive potential. 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, Toronto 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.