Sal Ferreras’ Drum Heat Sets Vancouver on Fire with Sizzling Showcase of Westcoast’s Hottest Musical Talent


Renowned percussionist leads heart-pumping world music & jazz program in benefit concert for Arts Umbrella

Preeminent percussionist Sal Ferreras presents the 31st annual Drum Heat, a concert uniting BC’s top jazz & world music talent to benefit Arts Umbrella students, Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 8pm at the Vogue Theatre. Performing in styles and fusions from the Carribean, Latin America, and Asia, this year’s stellar lineup will ignite the stage with sizzling hot rhythms and harmonies.

“To our Vancouver fans, I’m thrilled to announce Drum Heat is back!” says Sal Ferreras, Founder and Conductor of Drum Heat. “For the first time since 2010, we are delighted to bring this electrifying showcase downtown. Audiences will be treated to an irresistible program filled with music in the rich traditions of Brazillian samba, son cubano, Indian tabla, and much more, all to support Arts Umbrella and its mission to inspire creativity in future generations.”

Celso Machado

As a passionate proponent of artistic collaboration and education, Sal Ferreras staged the first Drum Heat concert in 1986. Since that time, this beloved event’s lineup has expanded to include an eclectic mix of performers. Drum Heat 2017 will feature an impressive list of BC musicians, many of whom are award-winning, and in-demand internationally: Celso Machado (guitar, percussion, vocals), Miles Black (piano), Jodi Proznick (bass), Toto Berriel (percussion and vocals), Cassius Khan (tabla and vocals), Paul Bray (percussion), Liam MacDonald (percussion), John Korsrud (trumpet), Tom Keenlyside (saxophone), John Reischman (mandolin), Raphael Geronimo (drum set and timbales), Niho Takase (piano). This year, for the first time, the program will include the powerful, youthful voices of the 20-member Sarabande choir in several captivating collaborations.

Leading this heart-pumping evening, Sal Ferreras will perform percussion, vibes, and vocals. An elite musician, Ferreras has been called to play on a series of JUNO and GRAMMY-Award winning recordings. With a PhD in Ethnomusicology from the University of British Columbia, Ferreras is a highly sought-after expert in drumming, and world music. His love for connecting musical minds has brought him as far as Australia, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Portugal, Taiwan, and all over North America. With his many staggering achievements, Ferreras was inducted in the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame in 2002, and was honoured in 2010 with the City of Vancouver Mayor’s Award for Music.

As part of his work to benefit the community through the arts, Ferreras contributes net proceeds of Drum Heat to directly support Arts Umbrella programs. Three out of five Arts Umbrella students need financial assistance to access arts education. Through the generous support of audiences who attend Drum Heat, the funding from the concert reaches more than 12,000 young people each year.

About Arts Umbrella (
Art can change the lives of children in incredible ways, which is why Arts Umbrella helps young artists cultivate creativity and grow self-confidence through dance, theatre and visual arts. Since 1979, the not-for-profit has opened the doors for all kids ages 2 to 19 to find and explore their artistic voices. More than 20,000 students discover the magic each year – with more than half participating at little to no cost to their families.


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Arts Umbrella and Sal Ferreras present: Drum Heat Saturday, April 27, 2017 at 8pm
Adults: $30; Student/Senior: $20

Vogue Theatre
918 Granville Street Vancouver, BC V6Z 1L2

Feature image: Sarabande choir

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