Mission

Asheville Rhythm provides a creative environment where people
of all skill levels and traditions gather to explore,
innovate, educate and build community.

Vision

Asheville Rhythm seeks to create a culture that promotes wellness through rhythm
and bridges musical traditions through innovative collaborations.

We Provide

Concerts
Workshops/Classes
Sound Meditations/Immersions
Wellness Programs
Residencies
Outreach Programs
Free Public Events

Within our first five years we have...

Funded more than 120 workshops taught by international touring artists
and directors of percussion from universities throughout the world.

Produced world class concerts featuring percussionists from artists
such as Sting, Paul Simon, Michael Jackson, English Chamber Orchestra, Bela Fleck,
Les Percussions de Guinea, Nina Simone, Herbie Hancock,
Wayne Shorter, Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry, Terry Lynne Carrington,
Arab-American Orchestra, Madonna, & Trey Anastasio.

Sponsored more than fifty master percussionists
from the United States and around the globe.


Greetings from the Director

Rhythm and pulse are integral elements of the human fabric. Percussion as an art form is highly regarded in many world cultures.

Asheville Rhythm seeks to promote and foster musical diversity through education and community building. The Festival includes a week-long artist residency and intensive study program, a weekend of drumming clinics, demonstrations, children’s workshops, percussion vending, free performances open to the public, and a full-length concert featuring solo performances and innovative original music created by the world-class teaching artists.

A primary goal is to find a location in Asheville as the permanent home for the "Asheville Rhythm Center", where all our activities will take place: percussion and dance classes for all ages, outreach programs, music therapy programs, Sound Immersions, Yoga with a Pulse, a recording studio, weekend retreats facilitated by visiting artists, and our acclaimed yearly Percussion Festival.

We walk in rhythm and our hearts beat in rhythm. Endless studies show the positive effect on the individual as a whole through playing music. Drumming creates biological re-patterning in the body and activate the mind through right and left brain synchronizations. This phenomenon opens new pathways to creativity and imagination that can be applied to all aspects of life and work.

We hope that you will join us in our efforts to promote tradition, collaboration, innovation, education and community-building for Ashevillians of all ages.

In Rhythm,
River Guerguerian