2017

World Percussion Classes with River Guerguerian

When: Every Tuesday
Beginner Class 5:00-6:15pm  

When: Every Wednesday  
Level 1 5:30-6:45pm
Level 2 7:00-8:15pm

Where: Odyssey School - 90 Zillicoa St. Asheville NC 28801 - Studio is downstairs.
Teaching approach: www.ShareTheDrum.com
Price: $12 per class. 2 classes on the same day for $20
Details: Bring your doumbek, frame drums, djembe, congas, cajon, etc. There will be extra drums available.
Beginner's Class - 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.
Level 1 - 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.
Level 2 - 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.

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. 


October 19
River Guerguerian and Chris Rosser of Free Planet Radio perform at Love > Fear, Journey to Refuge. Fuse Media presents a multimedia experience of refugee resettlement in the Carolinas. 

When: 6:30-9:00PM
Where: Grace Centre, 495 Cardinal Rd., Mills River, NC
Details: Love > Fear is free and open to the public, although donations to groups aiding refugees are encouraged. The event will include performances by three Asheville bands, refugee video stories by award-winning filmmakers, presentations about the resettlement process from refugee agencies, and opportunities for paths to service with local organizations. 
Contact: for more information about the event see fuse-media.org  or contact amandafmclamb@gmail.com

October 27
Arida Arts Symposium featuring Free Planet Radio

When: 10-11:30AM Workshop
5:30-6:45PM Reception
7-8:30PM Concert
Where: Blue Ridge Community College, Thomas Auditorium
180 West Campus Dr., Flat Rock, NC 28731
Details: Free and open to the public. Reservations required 828 694 1710 or blueridge.edu/aridaarts

 

November 4
Hand Drum Workshops with River Guerguerian

When: 10:00AM-12:00PM Introduction to hand drumming skills: $30
~ build upon your own naturally-given rhythm; experience your internal pulse
~ how to produce strokes and tones to make your drum sing
~ play harmoniously with other people
~ focus on finger techniques from different traditions adaptable to all hand drums
~ explore body awareness
~ learn global rhythms

This class is for beginners as well as more experienced drummers. If you have never touched a drum before you will learn basic finger techniques. If you have been playing for a while, it offers a more in depth exploration and practice session to build defined tones, hand strength and refine your definition and skills. Excellent warm up for the following workshop: 

1:00-3:00PM Intermediate/advanced: $30
~ explore rhythms from around the world (Middle East, Brazil, Africa, India)
~ layer poly-rhythms and ensemble playing
~ odd time rhythms
~ finger style techniques used for frame drum, doumbek, riq, tambourine, kanjira, pandeiro and more
~ learn to play rhythms using both a shaker and drum at the same time

3:30-5:30PM Advanced: $30
~ learn more complex rhythms
~ work on soloing and improvising skills
Additional Details: Bring your drums: shakers, doumbeks, djembes, frame drums, riqs, tambourines, pandeiros, kanjiras, and cajons. A few loaners are available. If you have drums to share, please bring them. There will be some drums and CDs for sale.

8-9:30PM Sound Meditation/Performance $18
~ Let your body, mind and spirit be bathed in the calming, rejuvenating sounds of frame drums, singing bowls, hand pan, gongs, bells, and shakers. Experience the magic of River’s exquisite percussion mastery as he takes you on a soul journey of sound.

Where: Chapel Hill NC 27516
(address will be given after registration)
Tickets: purchase below:

Contact:
Rima Luna rimaluna2014@gmail.com

 

December 8-10
Music as Medicine: an immersion in the art and craft of playing sacred music
Sacred Music Making Retreat with River Guerguerian, Jeff Firewalker & Caroline Padgett

When: Friday 12/8 6-10PM  Introduction: the instrument as an extension of self
           Saturday 12/9  10:30 AM Finding the song: deep listening, connecting to nature & spirit
           Sunday 12/10 9:30AM-7:00PM Andean healing & sound ceremony
Where: Laughing Waters Retreat, 3963 Gerton Highway (route 74A) Gerton, NC 28735
Details: With every moment there is a song, a pulse and a rhythm. Since time immemorial native healing traditions have employed song, drumming and toning to affect transformation. During this weekend immersion you will find new inspiration and skills in using sound as a healing tool. With over 75 years of combined experience, Caroline, River and Jeff will guide participants through the key components of making sacred sound. This is a retreat for musicians and non-musicians
Contact: For more information and pricing: http://eaglecondorcouncil.org/events/
jeff@eaglecondorcouncil.org       
828.551.8860

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Past Events


September 30
Dreamers Ball Benefit for OM Sanctuary

When: 7-11:00PM
Where: OM Sanctuary, 87 Richmond Hill Dr, 28806
Tickets: General Dream Pass $55  Purchase VIP Pass $125 & Sponsorships Purchase
Details: Keynote Speaker, Ozioma Egwuonwu of Burnbright
Live music by Kat Williams, featuring Free Planet Radio and Tom Leiner. Instrumental set by Chris Rosser and River Guerguerian. Live music by I,Star. ‘Cirque du OM’ flare with fire jugglers, stilt walkers, photo booth, sound bathing, intuitive reading, holistic treatments, transformational art, and other performers to dazzle and entertain.

September 18
River Guerguerian and Chris Rosser, Fall Performing Arts Concert Series at CCC&TI

When: 1:00PM
Where: Caldwell Campus, room B-100, 2855 Hickory Blvd, Hudson, NC 28638
Details: Free and open to the public and all students

Saturday August 5
Free Planet Radio at LEAF Downtown AVL

Where: Pack Square Park, Asheville NC
When: 2pm
Free event
http://www.theleaf.org/downtown/

June 26-July 2, 2017
6th Annual Asheville Percussion Festival
Mosaic of Rhythm

Monday June 26-Friday June 30 Artist Residency and Intensive Programs
When: 10:00am-6:00pm
Where: Odyssey School - 90 Zillicoa St. - Asheville. NC 28801
Tickets: available here

Saturday July 1 Festival workshops, free and open to the public
Where: Odyssey School - 90 Zillicoa St. - Asheville. NC 28801
Tickets: available here

Saturday July 1 Masters Concert
When: 8:00pm
Where: Diana Wortham Theater - 2 Pack Square - Asheville, NC 28801 (Entrance and parking garage are on Biltmore Ave.)
Tickets: available here

Sunday July 2 Sound Meditation
When: 11:00am
Where: Odyssey School - 90 Zillicoa St. - Asheville. NC 28801
Tickets: available here

Wednesday April 12
An Evening with Duncan Wickel featuring Chris Rosser and River Guerguerian

When: 7:00
Where: Isis Music Hall Upstairs Lounge - 743 Haywood Rd., Asheville, NC 28806
Tickets:  public.ticketbiscuit.com/IsisAsheville/Ticketing/293192

Tuesday April 11
River plays at NataDas Full Moon Ecstatic Dance

When: 7:15-10:30
Where: Center for Art and Spirit at St. George - 1 School Rd., Asheville, NC 28806
Tickets: brownpapertickets.com/event/2906037

Saturday April 8, 2017
Hand Drumming Workshop and Sound Meditation with River Guerguerian

Where: Unity Center of Peace - 8800 Seawell School Rd. - Chapel Hill, NC 27516
When: 
10-12:30
 Introduction to hand drumming skills: $35.
~ building upon your own naturally-given rhythm; experiencing your internal pulse
~ how to produce well-rounded tones and make your drum sing!
~ playing harmoniously with other people
~ focus on middle eastern finger techniques adaptable to all hand drums

This class is for beginners as well as more experienced drummers. If you have never touched a drum before you will learn basic finger techniques, tones and rhythms. If you have been playing for a while, it offers a more in depth exploration and practice session to build defined tones, hand strength and refine your definition and skills. Excellent warm up for the following workshop: 

12:30-2:00 Lunch break

2:00-5:00 Intermediate/advanced: $45.
~ exploring rhythms from around the world (Middle East, Brazil, Africa, India)
~ layering poly-rhythms and ensemble playing
~ odd time rhythms
~ finger style techniques used for frame drum, doumbek, riq tambourine, kanjira, pandeiro and more.
~ moving meditation as we walk & drum on the Serenity Trail

Additional Details: Bring your drums: doumbeks, djembes, frame drums, riqs, tambourines, pandeiros, kanjiras, and cajons. A few loaners are available. If you have drums to share, please bring them. There will be various drums and CDs for sale. Please let us know if you wish to special order your very own Cooperman frame drum. 
Contact: Rima to order, rimaluna2014@gmail.com or 267 566 3911

8-9:30 Sound Meditation/Performance: $18.  
~ Let your body, mind and spirit be bathed in the calming, rejuvenating sounds of frame drums, singing bowls, hand pan, gongs, bells, and shakers. Experience the magic of River’s exquisite percussion mastery as he takes you on a soul journey of rhythm.

Tickets: purchase here
$90 for both workshops and the evening performance.
Contact: The Unity Center, Jean Fisher 919-968-1854

Sunday April 2, 2017

Asheville Rhythm presents
Sound Immersion with River Guerguerian

When: 6:00pm Please try to arrive by 5:50 to choose your place and settle in. If you are running late, call Rima, 267 566 3911, so we know to hold your place. Thank you.

Where: Odyssey Community School - 90 Zillicoa St. Asheville NC 28801 - Studio is downstairs
Tickets: $15 SOLD OUT
Please note: To insure the the comfort and peace of mind of all in our enclosed space, if you are not feeling well please call or text to tell us you won't be coming: 267 566 3911. With six hours notice, we will gladly refund your ticket price. Thank you.

Details: A Sound Immersion relaxes the body and promotes deep meditative and rejuvenating states. While reclining or sitting and breathing slowly, your body is immersed in a bath of sound as River plays his singing bowls, gongs, shakers, hand pan, and large frame drums. Please bring a yoga mat to lie on and a pillow or blanket if desired.

Saturday March 25
7th Annual {Re}HAPPENING
River Guerguerian with the Asheville Rhythm Ensemble performing Resonating Forest

When: 3-10:00pm Resonating Forest performance at 6:00pm on the lakeshore
Where:  Camp Rockmont - 375 Lake Eden Road - Black Mountain, NC 28711
Tickets: available here
Details: Resonating Forest, an interactive sound installation, is part of a full day of immersive creativity will include performance art,        music, visual art, and more. Artists from the area and from the wider world will gather to create an interdisciplinary experience.

Sunday March 5, 2017

Asheville Rhythm presents
Sound Immersion with River Guerguerian

Sunday February 12
Jane Kramer featuring  River Guerguerian, Chris Rosser and Eliot Wadopian of Free Planet Radio, as well as Lyndsay Pruett of the Jon Stickley Trio and Billy Cardine of Acoustic Syndicate.

When: 7:00pm
Where: Grey Eagle - 185 Clingman Ave. - Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 232-5800
Tickets: www.thegreyeagle.com

February 5-9
River in residency teaching and performing as part of the MFA in Music Composition program at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Crossover Quintet featuring River Guerguerian, percussion; Gregor Huebner, violin; Pat Swoboda, bass; John Benthal, guitars;
Anna Webber, flute.
When: Thursday, February 9, 8:00pm
Where: Vermont College of the Fine Arts - College Hall Chapel - 36 College St. Montpelier, VT 05602
Website: vcfa.edu/music-comp/news/mfa-music-composition-announces-upcoming-residency-events-0
Details: Multiple concerts and events during the week featuring music written by VCFA students and performed by world-class musicians fill the week.
All events are open—and free of charge—to the public, and will be streamed live at vcfa.edu/livestrea

January 26-29, 2017
River with Free Planet Radio
Gladdening Light Symposium

Friday, January 27, 2017
River with Free Planet Radio, Master Class

When: 2:00pm
Where: Rollins College - Keene Hall - 1000 Holt Avenue - Winter Park, FL 32789
Event Description: '...exploring relationships between musical cultures through the universal language of sound..'
(Sponsored by the Thomas P. Johnson Distinguished Scholar and Visiting Artist Fund) This event is free and open to the public.  Event 

Saturday, January 28
River with Free Planet Radio, Performance

When: 6:30-11:00pm
Where: Tiedtke Concert Hall - Rollins College - Keene Hall - 1000 Holt Avenue - Winter Park, FL 32789
Details: Not open to the public
Contact: Sherry Orr SORR@rollins.edu 407.646.1527
Website: http://gladdeninglight.org/symposium-2017/
Details: World-Jazz-Acoustic Experimental Fusion - River GuerguerianChris Rosser and Eliot Wadopian

 

Friday December 9, 2016
Hand Drumming Workshop and Sound Meditation with River Guerguerian

Where:  Unity Center of Peace - 8800 Seawell School Rd. - Chapel Hill, NC 27516
When: 
2:00-4:00pm Introduction to hand drumming skills: $25
              ~ building upon your own naturally-given rhythm
              ~ how to produce well-rounded tones and make your drum sing!
              ~ playing harmoniously with other people
              ~ focus on middle eastern finger techniques adaptable to all hand drums
This class is for beginners as well as more experienced drummers. If you have never touched a drum before you will learn basic finger techniques. If you have been playing for a while, it offers a more in depth exploration and practice session to build defined tones, hand strength and refine your definition and skills. Excellent warm up for the following workshop. 

4:30-7:00pm Intermediate/advanced: $30
              ~ exploring rhythms from around the world (Middle East, Brazil, Africa, India)
              ~ layering poly-rhythms and ensemble playing
              ~ odd time rhythms
              ~ finger style techniques used for frame drum, doumbek, riq tambourine, kanjira, pandeiro and more.
                 Adaptable to all drums.

Additional Details: Bring your drums: doumbeks, djembes, frame drums, riqs, tambourines, pandeiros, kanjiras, and cajons. A few loaners are available. If you have drums to share, please bring them.

8-9:30pm Sound Meditation/Performance: $15 
              
~ Let your body, mind and spirit be bathed in the calming, rejuvenating sounds of frame drums, singing bowls, hand pan,                          gongs, bells, and shakers. Experience the magic of River’s exquisite percussion mastery. 

 

Monday  December 5, 2016

Asheville Rhythm presents
Sound Immersion with River Guerguerian

Saturday December 3
River with Free Planet Radio
Positively Odyssey!  Odyssey School Benefit

Where: Altamont Theater - 18 Church St. - Asheville, NC 28801
When: 6-9pm
Tickets: available here
Event website: http://odysseycommunity.org/blog/positively-odyssey-2016/
Details: World-Jazz-Acoustic Experimental Fusion - River GuerguerianChris Rosser and Eliot Wadopian

November 23-26
River with Omar Faruk Tekbilek & his Ensemble
‘Love is My Religion’ CD Release Concert

Where: Jerusalem Theatre, Oud Festival, Jerusalem and the Saint Josef Auditorium, Nazareth
Details: Performing traditional Sufi, folk and contemporary music from Turkey and the Middle East. 

Tuesday November 8
Leadership Asheville Seniors' Arts Day

Where: The Block - 39 South Market St. - Asheville, NC 28801
When: 1-3:00 Private event, not open to the public.
Details: Offered by OLLI, The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, this program consists of a panel discussion and performance. The panelists are River, David Whitehill, Executive Director of the Asheville Symphony, and Laura Boosinger,  Executive Director of the Madison County Arts Council. The percussion performance will include a solo by River who will be joined by some Elder members of the Asheville Rhythm Ensemble. 

Friday - Sunday November 4 - 6
Asheville Rhythm presents
Frame Drum Retreat

Asheville Rhythm presents a weekend devoted to the exploration of the frame drum taught by River Guerguerian. 
If you play the frame drum and wish to deepen your skills and knowledge, join us for this weekend of study, mixed with a big dose of collaboration, community and fun. (Saturday & Sunday workshops are for frame drummers who are at least intermediate level). 
Where: Odyssey Community School, 90 Zillicoa Street, Asheville
Tickets: on sale now see below

Retreat: $125 (Sat 10:00am-6:30pm & Sun 10:30am-1:00pm)
Optional Workshops: $35 each *see below for descriptions (Fri 10:00am-1:00pm, Fri 3-6:00pm)
Retreat plus Friday Workshops: $195 

Schedule: 
Friday 11/4
10:00am-1:00pm
Optional workshop: for less experienced frame drummers who wish an in depth exploration of strokes, tones, and techniques, or for more experienced frame drummers as a refresher or warm-up for the weekend retreat. Everyone will receive brief, individualized coaching.
Tickets: $35 see below

Friday 11/4
3:00-6:00pm

Optional workshop: Ensemble work, learning to fit multiple parts together to create a complex rhythm. Even if you are a less experienced drummer, there will be parts for all levels.
Tickets: $35 see below

Saturday 11/5
10:00am-6:30pm with a break for lunch on your own 1:00-2:30.
Retreat Workshop: Refining your frame drumming skills. We will work on all three styles of frame drum playing: lap, handheld and freehand style. We will also practice riq, tambourine, kanjira, pandeiro, and split-hand techniques. We will explore rhythms from around the world and include a section on odd time meters and a few new rhythms you have not heard before! 
(This workshop is for frame drummers who are at least intermediate level)

Sunday 11/6
10:30am-1:00pm
Retreat Workshop: We'll begin with a review of Saturday with time for your
questions and then move into an exploration of meditative sounds, drums, gongs and singing bowls.

Tickets: $125 (includes both Saturday & Sunday) 
              $185 (Retreat plus both Friday workshops)
Additional Details: Bring frame drums, riqs, kanjira, pandeiros, dafs, tambourines, shakers, singing bowls, gongs and bells. 
Some loaners will be available. We will explore rhythms from around the world, experimenting with improvisation and soloing.

Sunday  October 30, 2016

Asheville Rhythm presents
Sound Immersion with River Guerguerian

When: 5:00pm
Where: Odyssey Community School - 90 Zillicoa St. Asheville NC 28801 - Studio is downstairs
Tickets: SOLD OUT
Website: ShareTheDrum.com & AshevilleRhythm.org
Details: A Sound Immersion relaxes the body and promotes deep meditative and rejuvenating states. While reclining or sitting and breathing slowly, your body is immersed in a bath of sound as River plays his singing bowls, gongs, shakers, hand pan, and large frame drums. Please bring a yoga mat to lie on and a pillow or blanket if desired.

Sunday October 23
Asheville Rhythm presents
Free Planet Radio at the Tryon Fine Arts Center Amphitheater

When: 3:00pm
Where: Tryon Fine Arts Center: Peterson Amphitheater - 34 Melrose Ave, Tryon, NC 28787
Tickets: FREE! This event is supported by the generosity of the Polk County Community Foundation.
Contact: Rima Luna rimaluna2014@gmail.com 267 566 3911
Details:  Our favorite world music sensation, Free Planet Radio, is back from a thirty day, twenty city whirlwind tour of China! We don’t know what stirred things up over there more: Typhoon Megi, or this talented trio! Even though they were unknown to the Chinese public, every one of the concerts sold 300-600 tickets, and generated great enthusiasm. And of course it was FPR’s ability to engage with their audiences, share their eclectic music and respond to a new cultural experience that created a new fan base on the other side of the planet!  Join us for an exciting multi-cultural concert in the Amphitheater. You will be treated to a world music tapestry of some of the new pieces written especially for the China Tour blended with old favorites including instrumentals and original singer-songwriter tunes.

September 1-30, 2016
River with Free Planet Radio
People's Republic of China Tour

9/3 Dalian International Conference Center Theater
9/4 Mukden Theater
9/6 Weifang Grand Theatre
9/7 Qingdao Grand Theater
9/8 Yantai Theatre
9/10 Handan Grand Theatre
9/11 Henan Art Center
9/13 Shanxi Grand Theatre
9/15 Ulan Chiat
9/17 Nanjing Poly Theater
9/18 Taizhou Grand Theatre
9/19 Ma On Shan Theatre
9/20 Huai'an Theater
9/22 Chongqing Grand Theatre
9/24 Dongguan Yulan Theatre
9/25 Huizhou Cultural Arts Center
9/27 Wenzhou Grand Theatre
9/28 Xiamen Tankahkeei Theatre
9/29 Ningbo Culture Plaza Theatre
9/30 Lishui Grand Theatre

Sunday  August 28, 2016
Asheville Rhythm presents
Sound Immersion with River Guerguerian

When: 6:00pm
Where: Odyssey Community School - 90 Zillicoa St. Asheville NC 28801 - Studio is downstairs
Tickets: $15 SOLD OUT
 

August 21, 2016
River with Free Planet Radio at the
Save Kat Williams Fundraising Event

When: 5-8:00pm
Where: Renaissance Asheville Hotel - 31 Woodfin St. - Asheville, NC 28801
Tickets: $20 tinyurl.com/savekatwilliams
Details: Asheville's beloved songstress, Kat Williams, is on a critical path for a kidney transplant!
Join Free Planet Radio and West Sound for an evening of music, dancing, hors d'oeuvres, generosity, and friends.
Unable to attend? Visit her funding site.

Sunday  July 31, 2016
Asheville Rhythm presents
Sound Immersion with River Guerguerian

When: 6:00pm
Where: Odyssey Community School - 90 Zillicoa St. Asheville NC 28801 - Studio is downstairs
Tickets: $15 see below
 

Wednesday July 6, 2016
Asheville Rhythm presents
Eliada Community Outreach Program

When: 10:00am-12:00n
Where: Eliada - 2 Compton Drive - Asheville, NC
Details: Artistic Expressions Month: Summer camp for 75 children ages 5-12 (Not open to the public)

Sunday May 29
Sound Immersion Journey has been postponed.

Thursday, May 26
Free Planet Radio with Lizz Wright
Envisioning Community

When: 7:30, doors open at 6:30
Where: The Orange Peel - 101 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
Tickets: available here
Details: A beautiful evening, celebrating philanthropist Julian Price
and the Asheville Symphony Sessions.

Saturday May 21
Free Planet Radio in concert at the Tryon Fine Arts Center

When: 8:00pm
Where: Tryon Fine Arts Center - 34 Melrose Ave. - Tryon, NC
Tickets: at the TFAC Box Office or online here
Details:  During this concert, Chris will play a very special guitar, handmade by Lichty Guitars in Tryon, NC, who have generously donated this exquisite instrument for the annual Lichty guitar raffle for LEAF Community ArtsThe band will be joined on stage by Tom Boots, a WNC visual artist, who will put brush to canvas as he creates a painting to the music.  

Sunday  April 24, 2016
Asheville Rhythm presents

Sound Immersion with River Guerguerian


When: 5:00pm
Where: Odyssey Community School - 90 Zillicoa St. Asheville NC 28801 - Studio is downstairs
Tickets: $15 see below
 

Sunday March 27, 2016
Asheville Rhythm presents
A live music special event in collaboration with Asheville Movement Collective: musicians River Guerguerian playing a collection of percussion instruments including gongs, hand pan, singing bowls, and hand drums, Chris Rosser on exotic stringed instruments and keys, and John Vorus on didgeridoo, drones, and live processing.

When: 10:30am
Where:  Asheville Masonic Temple - 80 Broadway St. Asheville, NC 28801
Tickets: available here March 11
Details:  The musicians will co-create a colorful pathway to the collective rhythm of the group in a flow of shared energy. Facilitated by Tom Boots,                 experienced percussionists are invited to bring your instruments and join the musicians for a buildup section of the dance. The stillness                       section will finish with a Sound Meditation. 

  

Sunday  March 20, 2016
Asheville Rhythm presents
Sound Immersion with River Guerguerian


Friday, Saturday, Sunday February 26-28, 2016
Asheville Rhythm presents

Asheville Rhythm presents a weekend devoted to the exploration of the frame drum taught by River Guerguerian. If you play the frame drum and wish to deepen your skills and knowledge, join us for this weekend of study, mixed with a big dose of collaboration, community and fun. (This workshop is for frame drum players who are at least intermediate level). 
Where: Odyssey Community School, 90 Zillicoa Street, Asheville
Tickets: 
Retreat: $125 (Sat 2:00-7:00pm & Sun 10:00am-12:30pm)

Optional Workshops: $35 each (Fri 1-5:00pm & Sat 10:00am-1:00pm)
Retreat plus Optional Workshops: $185 

Schedule: 
Friday 2/26
1:00pm-5:00pm Optional Workshop
Deeper exploration of the material covered in the December 2015 Retreat: including Riq, Kanjira, and split hand technique.
Tickets: $35

Saturday 2/27
10:00am-1:00pm Optional Workshop

Refining your frame drum’s voice; strokes, tones, and techniques. Everyone will receive brief, individualized coaching.
Tickets: $35

1-2:00pm Lunch break We will order food to be brought in. Please let us know if you want to be included.

2:00-7:00pm Retreat Workshop
We will work on all three styles of frame drum playing: lap, handheld and freehand style. We will also practice Riq Tambourine, Kanjira, Pandeiro, and split-hand techniques. We will explore rhythms from around the world and include a section on odd time meters. Dancer Brandi Mizilca will join us for part of the afternoon, and you’ll have the opportunity to join in the movement or play rhythms for dancers. 
Tickets: $125 (Sat 2-7pm & Sun 10am - 12:30pm)

Sunday 2/28
10:00am-12:30pm Retreat Workshop
Review of previous material and work on ways to play together, using such rhythms as Seven Tambourines and Boulevard.

Additional Details: Bring frame drums, riqs, kanjira, pandeiros, dafs, and tambourines. Some loaners will be available. We will explore rhythms from around the world concentrating on the Middle East, experimenting with improvisation and soloing.

Sunday  February 21, 2016
Asheville Rhythm presents
Sound Immersion with River Guerguerian


Sunday  January 31, 2016
Asheville Rhythm presents
Sound Immersion with River Guerguerian

 

2015

Thursday December 31
Asheville Rhythm presents
Dancing, Drums, and Dreams ~ A Rhythmic Celebration of the New Year

When: December 31, 2015
Time: 8:30pm-1am
Where: Eliada ~ PARC Building  - 2 Compton Drive, Asheville, NC 28806
Directions: eliada.org/driving-directions   Lots of free Parking.
Tickets: Individual-$39 advance/$44 door
Couples-$69 advance/$80 door
Seniors (60+)-$34 advance/$40 door
Student-$19 and kids under 12 are free.

Join us on New Years Eve at Eliada for an evening of dancing with world music super-group Free Planet Radio, a Drum Circle of communal celebration, sweet and savory light fare, inspirational readings and a New Years Eve countdown.
We will close the evening with a sound meditation to usher in 2016 in peace, calm, and with focused intention. Bring your drum and a yoga mat if you want to lie down during the Sound Meditation.  BYOB

Eliada is a non-profit agency serving the children and families of Western North Carolina. We are pleased to be partnering with them for this amazing event. Please visit their website to see the wonderful work that they do. eliada.org

Sunday December 27
Asheville Rhythm presents
Sound Immersion with River Guerguerian

When: 5:00pm
Where: Odyssey Community School - 90 Zillicoa St. Asheville NC 28801 - Studio is downstairs
Tickets: $15 SOLD OUT, tickets available for January 31, 2016
Website: ShareTheDrum.com & AshevilleRhythm.org
Details: A Sound Immersion relaxes the body and promotes deep meditative and rejuvenating states. While reclining or sitting and breathing slowly, your body is immersed in a bath of sound as River plays his singing bowls, gongs, shakers, hand pan, and large frame drums. Please bring a yoga mat to lie on and a pillow or blanket if desired.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday December 4-6, 2015
Asheville Rhythm presents
Frame Drum Retreat with River Guerguerian

Asheville Rhythm presents a weekend devoted to the exploration of the frame drum. If you play the frame drum and wish to step up to your next level of expertise, join us for this weekend of study mixed with a big dose of collaboration, community and fun. This workshop is open to frame drum players who are at least intermediate level.

Where: Odyssey Community School - 90 Zillicoa St. Asheville NC 28801 - Studio is downstairs
Tickets: $164 see below
Website: ShareTheDrum.com & AshevilleRhythm.org
Schedule:
Friday 12/4*

*Optional Frame Drum Prep Workshop
Friday 12/4

1-5:00pm
Tickets: $30 see below
As preparation for the Retreat, this four hour workshop will focus on frame drum skills including proper technique, strokes, tone, vocabulary and an introduction to some of the rhythms we will be exploring during the weekend. This workshop is for those who have been playing for a year or more, even if you are not attending the Retreat.
Evening on your own.

Saturday 12/5
9:30am-1:00pm Workshop
1-2:30pm Optional lunch at Nectar (please email Rima (rimaluna2014@gmail.com) with your reservation; Nectar is an Asheville Rhythm sponsor.)
2:30-5:30pm Workshop
6:30-8:00pm Asheville Rhythm Frame Drum Retreat event at Isis
Join the Asheville Rhythm Frame Drum Retreat attendees for an intimate informal evening of world music in the upstairs lounge at Isis Restaurant and Music Hall. Our much loved Asheville icons, singer/songwriter Chris Rosser and percussion magician, River Guerguerian will entertain as we enjoy the fabulous food that Isis is known for. We might even do some dancing!

Isis Restaurant and Music Hall in the Upstairs Lounge - 743 Haywood Rd., Asheville, NC 28806 · (828) 575-2737
Tickets:
 $10. cover; call to reserve and pay at the door or buy online on the Isis website.

Sunday 12/6
10:00am-12:30pm Workshop

Details: Bring frame drums, riqs, kanjira and tambourines. Some loaners will be available. We will work on all three styles of frame drum playing: lap, hand held and free hand. We will also include tambourine, kanjira and pandeiro techniques. We will explore rhythms from around the world, concentrating on the Middle East, experimenting with improvisation and soloing.

Sunday November 29
Asheville Rhythm presents
Sound Immersion with River Guerguerian

When: 5:00pm
Where: Odyssey Community School - 90 Zillicoa St. Asheville NC 28801 - Studio is downstairs
Tickets: $15 see below
Website: ShareTheDrum.com & AshevilleRhythm.org
Details: A Sound Immersion relaxes the body and promotes deep meditative and rejuvenating states. While reclining or sitting and breathing slowly, your body is immersed in a bath of sound as River plays his singing bowls, gongs, shakers, hand pan, and large frame drums. Please bring a yoga mat to lie on and a pillow or blanket if desired.

Saturday, October 31
Asheville Rhythm presents
Halloween at the Eliada Corn Maze

Where: Eliada - 2 Compton Drive, Asheville, NC 28806
When: 1-2:30pm
Tickets:  Free with ticket to the Corn Maze.
Details:  Eliada, Helping Cildren Succeed, is a home and school for children with special needs. River will lead the Asheville Rhythm Ensemble with Kevin Spears on the Kalimba, William DeHaro on the Heron, and LunaSpiral Tribal Bellydance in a Halloween Carnival of costumed drummers, dancers, and musicians. This Asheville Rhythm event,  is to benefit Eliada, as part of their Halloween Trick or Treat fundraiser.

Sunday October 25
Asheville Rhythm presents
Sound Immersion with River Guerguerian

When: 5:00pm
Where: Odyssey Community School - 90 Zillicoa St. Asheville NC 28801 - Studio is downstairs
Tickets: $15
Website: ShareTheDrum.com & AshevilleRhythm.org
Details: A Sound Immersion relaxes the body and promotes deep meditative and rejuvenating states. While reclining or sitting and breathing slowly, your body is immersed in a bath of sound as River plays his singing bowls, gongs, shakers, hand pan, and large frame drums. Please bring a yoga mat to lie on and a pillow or blanket if desired.

Saturday September 12
Goombay Festival 2015

When: 10:00am
Where: Pritchard Park, 4 College St, Asheville, NC 28801
As part of this festival parade, Asheville Rhythm will gather at Pritchard Park and walk as a group playing our drums to Pack Square Park where the main festival will take place. Come join us! It’s open to all and all River’s students.  Bring your drum, or just walk with us! We’ll run through some rhythms starting at 10 am, and we’ll begin the procession to Pack Square at 11 am.

 

Monday September 28
Asheville Rhythm presents
Sound Immersion with River Guerguerian

When:  6:30pm
Where: Odyssey Community School - 90 Zillicoa St. Asheville NC 28801 - Studio is downstairs
Tickets: $15  SOLD OUT
Website: ShareTheDrum.com & AshevilleRhythm.org
Details: A Sound Immersion relaxes the body and promotes deep meditative and rejuvenating states. While reclining or sitting and breathing slowly, your body is immersed in a bath of sound as River plays his singing bowls, gongs, shakers, hand pan, and large frame drums. Please bring a yoga mat to lie on and a pillow or blanket if desired.

Sunday August 30

Asheville Rhythm presents
Sound Immersion with River Guerguerian

When:  5:00pm
Where: Odyssey Community School - 90 Zillicoa St. Asheville NC 28801 - Studio is downstairs
Website: ShareTheDrum.com & AshevilleRhythm.org

Masterclass with David Kuckhermann

When: Monday July 20 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Odyssey Community School - 90 Zillicoa St. Asheville NC 28801 - Studio is downstairs.
Price: $20. Space is limited. Please RSVP to ashevillepercussion@gmail.com
Website: worldpercussion.net
Details: David will teach his unique and masterful style on Frame Drums, Riq Tambourine, Hand Pan, and Doumbek. He will give a mini performance and share some of his rich perspective about percussion and musicianship. David invites you to bring one or more of your favorite drums. Some extra drums will be available.

Asheville Percussion Festival 2015

When: June 15-21
Where: Odyssey Community School & Diana Wortham Theatre
Tickets: www.ashevillepercussionfestival.com/tickets
Schedule: www.ashevillepercussionfestival.com/schedule
Details: www.ashevillepercussionfestival.com/info

Sunday April 26
Yoga with a Pulse
When: 4:30-6:30 pm
Where: Asheville Yoga Center - 211 S Liberty St, Asheville, NC
Tickets: $25 - To register go to http://youryoga.com/yoga-workshops/

Saturday April 18

Asheville Percussion presents
Sound Immersion with River Guerguerian

When:  1:00pm
Where: Odyssey Community School - 90 Zillicoa St. Asheville NC 28801 - Studio is downstairs
Tickets: $20 - Please RSVP at ashevillepercussion@gmail.com - space is limited to 10 people.
                        You can pay below or bring cash or check made out to Asheville Percussion with you.
Website: ShareTheDrum.com & AshevillePercussion.org
Details: A Sound Immersion relaxes the body and promotes deep meditative and rejuvenating states. While reclining or sitting and breathing slowly, your body is immersed in a bath of sound as River plays his singing bowls, gongs, shakers, hand pan, and large frame drums. 
Please bring a yoga mat to lie on and a pillow or blanket if desired.

Friday March 27
Asheville Percussion presents
Sound Immersion with River Guerguerian

When:  6:00pm
Where: Odyssey Community School - 90 Zillicoa St. Asheville NC 28801 - Studio is downstairs

Wednesday February 25
Asheville Percussion & First Baptist Church present

Old Landmarks - Songs that Mark a Path to Freedom
When: 6:30 - 8:00pm
Where: First Baptist Church of Asheville - 5 Oak Street, Asheville, NC 28801    (828) 252 4781
Tickets: Free
Featured Artists: Kat Williams, Lyric, Rhoda Weaver, Lizz Wright, River Guerguerian, Chris Rosser, Spider Martin Photography,
Old Landmarks Mass Choir, and special guests Kenny Banks and Terreon Gully

Saturday January 15 & February 21
Asheville Percussion presents
Sound Immersion with River Guerguerian

When: 4:00pm
Where: Odyssey Community School - 90 Zillicoa St. Asheville NC 28801 - Studio is downstairs
Tickets: $20 - Please RSVP at ashevillepercussion@gmail.com - space is limited to 10 people.
Website: ShareTheDrum.com & AshevillePercussion.org

Wednesday January 28
Asheville Percussion & OM Sanctuary present:
Yoga with a Pulse
w Sierra Hollister & River Guerguerian
When: 7:00-8:30pm
Where: OM Sanctuary - 87 Richmond Hill Drive, Asheville NC 28806 - 828.252.7313
Tickets: $15 - You can RSVP at ashevillepercussion@gmail.com
                        You can pay below or bring cash or check made out to Asheville Percussion with you.
Website:  AshevillePercussion.org
Details: The amazing Sierra will take us through a succession of Kundalini Yoga movements while River plays through a series of lyrical, meditative, and groovy music. We will end with a 20 minute Shavasana/Sound Meditation

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OM Sanctuary & Asheville Percussion present:
 
"Illuminate your Intentions"
with Celebration & Ceremony
8:30pm-midnight New Years Eve

Musical performance by: Soulful Vocalist Lizz Wright,
Percussionist River Guerguerian, Multi-instrumentalist Chris Rosser and special guest John Vorus
“Ceremony of Intentions” by Shelli Stanback
 Chef Michael Gentry presents a beautifully radiant table of Savory & Sweet Foods
Auspicious Tea Ceremony – Tea provided by Dobra Tea
 Sacred Circle Dances led by Tarleton Brooks
Tribal Goddess Dance by LunaSpiral
Fire and Drum Circle
Luminous Paper Lantern Countdown
Sound Meditation closure
Where: OM Sanctuary - 87 Richmond Hill Drive, Asheville NC 28806 - 828.252.7313
Tickets: $40    SOLD OUT!!

Saturday December 13
Jonas Gerard Studio & Asheville Percussion presents:
Live Performance Painting with River Guerguerian & Friends
When: 2:00-3:30pm
Where: Jonas Gerard Studio-Riverview Station: 191 Lyman St. #144, Asheville, NC 28801
Website:  jonasgerard.com
Details: Live Painting performance By Jonas and River featuring Jake Wolf, Juan Benavides, John Vorus. Jonas is quite the performance artist.
               Information about Asheville Percussion Membership will be available.

Friday December 5
Asheville Percussion presents a Sound Immersion with River Guerguerian
When: 7:00pm
Where: Odyssey Community School - 90 Zillicoa St. Asheville NC 28801 - Studio is downstairs

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