Drum Heat heats up the Vogue with sounds from around the world

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Drum Heat | presented by Sal Ferraras and Arts Umbrella | April 27, 2017 | Vogue Theatre

This was music you can’t help but move to. Sal Ferraras led an intrepid group of musicians in an evening of energetic world music that was both inspiring and invigorating. This benefit for Arts Umbrella was a hugely entertaining compilation of music from all over the world including Brazilian, Portuguese, Cuban, Indian, and African sounds.

Ferraras on drums was joined by a group of extremely talented musicians including Liam MacDonald on tambourine who did things I didn’t know were possible with a tambourine. Celso Machado was on guitar, also blowing us away with his incredible talent. Cassius Khan treated us to the beautiful sounds of the table, and Israel Berriel’s thunderous voice accompanied his conga drums along with Raphael Geronimo’s timbale drums. Only two out of the fourteen featured musicians were women: Jodi Proznick fabulously playing the upright bass and Niho Takase beautifully playing the piano.

The Sarabande choir joined the musicians for a few songs, adding their subtle harmonies to the mix. Perhaps the best moment of the show came at the finale — a salsa inspired rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” sung by Sarabande’s Aerhyn Lau along with a few backup singers from the choir. It may not sound like MJ and salsa music go together, but these musicians made it work beautifully.

It was impossible not to tap your feet or do a bit of chair dancing as these musicians shared their love of music with the audience.

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