clay flute workshops with Martin Collegiate students. photo credit: Carey Shaw
Major support from the Saskatchewan Arts Board’s Partnership Innovations Program enabled Sâkêwêwak to engage musician/audio artist Ramses Calderon in a one-year residency that both supported the advancement of his practice, as well as the development and delivery of music/audio production and composition programs in the community led by Ramses. Currently residing in Regina, Ramses was born in San Salvador, El Salvador of Mayan and Turkish heritage. His music career began at the age of 11, playing the marimba and performing in recitals. He has been living and performing in Canada since 2000. Having studied in the tradition of Agustin Barrios Mangore, Ramses incorporates traditional instruments and rhythms into his music and compositions. The result of his creation process is a unique fusion of classical, traditional and popular music that reflects the richness of humanity. His distinguished musical achievements have enabled him to participate in many cultural events in countries such as El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Panama, Cuba, Paraguay and Canada.