World Percussion Classes with River Guerguerian

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:
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.

7th Annual
June 25-July 1

Tickets on sale soon!

Our 2017 Percussion Festival, Mosaic of Rhythm, was a huge success!
Thank you all for joining us and we look forward to seeing you in June 2018
for the 7th Annual Festival! 


Our 7th annual Asheville Percussion Festival 2018 will be held June 25-July 1 in beautiful Asheville, NC. The Intensive Program, June 25- 29 includes the Friday night concert. Please note that Masters Concert this year is Friday night June 29 at Diana Wortham Theatre. Free workshops at Odyssey Community School on Saturday June 30 and a Sound Meditation on Sunday, July1. Stay tuned for details and ticket sales! Sign up for our Newsletter to keep in touch. 

Engage in a world of rhythm. Come enjoy a creative environment where percussionists and dancers of all traditions, from around the globe, gather to explore, create and innovate. The festival will be hosted by Asheville's ambassador of rhythm, River Guerguerian. World-renowned artists will collaborate and create original compositions during the Intensive Program week. They will also teach a week-long intensive program, give workshops/demonstrations on Saturday for the public, perform a concert on Friday evening, and facilitate a sound meditation on Sunday.

The intensive program, workshops, and sound meditation will be held at the Odyssey Community School. 90 Zillicoa St., Asheville, NC, 28801. 

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 concert. Throughout the week, there will be an open Collaboration Room for participants to get together, jam, and share ideas. Intensive Program tickets include the Friday evening concert and Sunday morning Sound Meditation.

All workshops and activities on Saturday, July 1 at Odyssey School are free. Please register for a free ticket on the Tickets page. A Free Workshop Ticket includes entry into all activities on Saturday at the Odyssey School, but not the Friday evening concert at the Diana Wortham Theatre or the Sound Meditation on Sunday.  Topics will include performing, rhythms from around the world, and dancing taught by world-renowned performers. 

The Friday evening Masters Concert will take place at 8 p.m. on June 29 1 at the Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville, 12 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801. The concert will feature original collaborative compositions created by our world-renowned Residency Artists during the residency week. A separate ticket is required.

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

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 North Carolina 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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Asheville Percussion Festival 2016

Thanks to all of you who attended the Asheville Percussion Festival 2016It 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 teaching 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.


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)

Asheville Rhythm is on Asheville Arts Alive