Described as "an incredibly musical percussionist" and as having an "impeccable sense of time and feel", Jamie Drake is a Toronto-based percussionist, drummer and composer. He received his MMus from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and is completing his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Toronto with Dr. Russell Hartenberger and Dr. Aiyun Huang. His solo and chamber performances have included premieres by Christos Hatzis, Nicole Lizée and John Luther Adams. As a member of TorQ Percussion Quartet, he has performed numerous concerts, workshops and educational shows across Canada, the United States and Europe. A busy freelance percussionist, he has performed with Evelyn Glennie, NEXUS, Soundstreams, Amici, Niagara Symphony, Aradia Ensemble, and many others. He recently he served as interim percussion instructor at Acadia University, and as a composer, percussion consultant, and performer for the second season of the CBC television show “Canada’s Smartest Person”. He released his first solo percussion album, "Night", in July 2014.
Equally at home playing drumset, Jamie is fluent in a huge variety of styles, and is a frequent collaborator with cabaret artist Sharron Matthews and is the percussionist/drummer and assistant arranger for The Musical Stage Company’s “UnCovered” Concert series. An active theatre musician, Jamie recently played drums/percussion for acclaimed productions of "Fun Home" (Mirvish/Musical Stage Company) and Life After (Canadian Stage/Musical Stage Company), and has recorded theatre music for the Shaw Festival and composer Andrew Lippa.
Jamie's compositions and arrangements have been commissioned and performed by TorQ Percussion Quartet, Mississauga Symphony Orchestra, Hamilton Children's Choir, Hillfield Strathallan College, and OnnanoKo Taiko, amongst others. Upcoming projects include a work for solo vibraphone and a composition for SSAA choir and percussion.