7th Annual
June 25-July 1, 2018

Tickets on sale


Asheville Percussion Festival 2018 will be held Monday June 25-Sunday July 1, in beautiful Asheville, NC.

Engage in a world of rhythm. Come enjoy a creative environment where percussionists, dancers, and music lovers of all traditions, gather to explore, create and innovate. The festival will be hosted by Asheville's ambassador to rhythm, River Guerguerian.

This year's theme, Celebrating Women in Rhythm, will honor powerful female artists whom we will bring to Asheville from around the globe. Our Residency Artists will collaborate and create original compositions during the week. They will also teach a week-long intensive program, give workshops/demonstrations on Saturday for the public, perform a Masters Concert on Friday evening, an informal evening of Solo Performances and Jams on Saturday evening, and facilitate a sound meditation on Sunday.

The Intensive Program, Workshops, informal Solo Performances, and Sound Meditation will be held at the Odyssey Community School, 90 Zillicoa St., Asheville, NC, 28801.

Monday June 25-Sunday July 1
The Intensive Program will include 2 tracks: World Percussion for Emerging Drummers and World Percussion for Intermediate/Advanced Drummers. Both tickets include 5 hours of classes per day Monday, June 25 - Thursday, June 28, and 3 hours of classes on Friday, June 29. An Intermediate/Advanced Ticket will also include an hour of rehearsal per day with the Teaching Artists and performing in a group piece at the Friday evening and Saturday evening concerts. Throughout the week, there will be an open Collaboration Room for participants to get together, jam, and share ideas. Intensive Program tickets include admission to the Friday & Saturday evening concerts and Sunday morning Sound Meditation.

Friday June 29
The Friday evening Masters Concert will take place at 8 p.m. on June 29 at the Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville, 12 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801. The concert will feature original collaborative compositions created during the residency week by our world-renowned Residency Artists. A separate ticket is required. Please note that the Masters Concert is on a Friday night this year and not Saturday night like in previous years.

Saturday June 30
All Workshops and activities are free on Saturday, June 30, from 10am-6pm at Odyssey Community SchoolPlease register for a Free Workshop Ticket. This ticket does not include the Saturday Night Solo Performances, or the Sound Meditation on Sunday. Topics taught by our world-renowned artists include rhythms from around the world, technique, performance tips, and dancing.

An evening of informal Solo Performances and Jams by our world-renowned Residency Artists and guests will be Saturday June 30, at 8:00pm at the Odyssey Community School. A separate ticket is required.

Sunday July 1
The Sunday Sound Meditation will take place at noon on July 1 at Odyssey Community School. A separate ticket is required.

Monday July 2- Wednesday July 4
This year we will have an extra two day event led by Raquy Danziger from Turkey. 2 Days of Doumbek Focus All Day Workshop on Monday and Tuesday July 2-3, from 10am-4:30pm (1:00-2:30pm Lunch Break). She will also be offering private lessons on Weds July 4. Please email ashevillepercussion@gmail.com to inquire.

Other activities and amenities will include a silent auction, vending, demonstrations, a food truck and ice cream.

This project is funded in part by the GRASSROOTS ARTS PROGRAM of the N.C. Arts Council, A division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources, through the Asheville Area Arts Council.

This event is funded in part by the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority’s Festivals and Cultural Events Funding Program.

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World Percussion Classes with River Guerguerian every Wednesday

Become actively engaged in a life of rhythm at whatever level you seek: physical, healthful, soulful. River's classes inspire beginners to explore new possibilities, advanced students to aspire to deepening their skills and all participants to resonate in the supportive community that grows from making music together.

ATTENTION: Please note new class schedule.

5-6:00pm - Introduction to Hand Drumming: For those who have never really played a drum before, or it's been a long time. We will focus on how to play proper tones, and how to understand rhythm in the body and the mind. Great warm up for Intermediate drummers, with emphasis on finding the pulse, building strength, basic skills and tones. 

6:15-7:30pm - Intermediate: For those who have been playing for about a year or more, and who understand how to play the proper tones on their drums (bass, edge, muted), and understand concepts about rhythm.

7:45-9:00pm - Advanced:  For those who have been playing at least three years, can maintain a rhythm while others play a counter rhythm, and are comfortable playing in odd time rhythms.

Where: Odyssey School - 90 Zillicoa St. Asheville NC 28801 - Studio is downstairs.
Teaching approach: www.ShareTheDrum.com
Price: $13 per class - 2 classes on the same day for $20 - 3 classes for $30.
Details: Bring your doumbek, frame drums, djembe, congas, cajon, etc. There will be extra drums available.

Asheville Percussion Festival 2017

Thanks to all of you who attended the Asheville Percussion Festival 2017It was a huge success! The Odyssey Community School was buzzing with excitement and creative energy all week. From the art show reception through the Intensive Study Program and on to the weekend workshops, it was a hive of wonderful musical energy.  We were also so excited that we SOLD OUT the Masters Concert on Saturday night at the Diana Wortham Theatre. 

Thank you to all the talented residency artists who brought their world class expertise to Asheville. 
Thank you also to all our fabulous and dedicated volunteers for their contribution; we could not have done it without you. 
Thank you to our many wonderful vendors and our generous sponsors who helped to make it all happen. Our rhythm community grows and embraces all of you. For those of you who couldn’t make it, here are some nice memories of the week’s events.

Download last year's 2017 Festival Program Here 


Asheville Percussion Festival 2014 Highlights

The Asheville Percussion Festival was a great success for the teaching staff, the participants and the community. It was everything that a festival should be in part because the heart of the community was behind it in every way! Thank you!
— Jamey Haddad (Paul Simon)

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