Sax appeal


Sax appeal

By Kediesha Perry
Observer writer

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

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Although the novel coronavirus has many feeling disheartened, saxophonist Mickhail Treasure continues to sound a positive note. Like most creatives, he has opted to share his craft via social media.

“It means a lot, to be honest, to share my talent even in the crisis. Although I really prefer performing in person and feeling the emotions that I bring when I perform; I'd really love that. But I'm still grateful that I can have an impact even in the crisis,” he told the Jamaica Observer.

On Sunday, the 21-year-old posted a video of him playing Kenny Rogers' Through The Years as a Mother's Day tribute. So far, it has received approximately 3,000 views.

Treasure, who studies computer science and management studies at The University of the West Indies, Mona, says he has also been invited to perform at a webinar being put on by the Caribbean School of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) later this month. He has also performed on an online concert.

The York Castle High School graduate says he always had a passion for playing instruments. However, his ultimate dream was to master the saxophone.

“My parents would tell me that from as early as two (years old) I was always into music. The toys that they would buy me as a child would always help… they would buy me keyboards, toy drums, and I would always want another one. I grew up in a church [Grateful Hill Baptist] and I played instruments like the keyboard for a while. Then, when I went to York Castle, I started [playing] the recorder and I continued and went a little higher to competitions. From that point, I was introduced to the clarinet… I still wanted more and I would pressure my music teacher to play the saxophone, and he finally gave me the chance in grade 11, and from that point I got my own,” Treasure shared.

Treasure is the holder of gold, silver and bronze medals from competitions organised by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC). He has performed at the Miss Universe East and Miss UWI pageants, National Council for Senior Citizens Spelling Bee Tournament, and the We Inspire Women and Girls Conference.

His biggest influences are fellow saxophonists Dean Fraser, Verlando Small, Graziatto, Kenny G and music partner Racardo Rowe.

Treasure implores other musicians to get creative during this challenging time.

“The beauty about this talent is that you are able to do it anywhere; especially if you have an instrument of your own, it is very easy to create content and put out there for people to hear…seize the moments,” he said.

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