Asheville Percussion Festival 2017 will be held June 26-July 2, in beautiful Asheville, NC.
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 to rhythm, River Guerguerian. Fifteen world-renowned 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 concert on Saturday 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 26 - Thursday, June 29, and 3 hours of classes on Friday, June 30. 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 Saturday 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 Saturday evening concert and Sunday morning Sound Meditation.
There will be a community activity on Friday June 30 at 6:00pm.
All workshops and activities on Saturday, July 1 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 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 Saturday evening Masters Concert will take place at 8 p.m. on July 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 12:00 noon on July 2 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, Festivals
and Cultural Events Funding Program.
Hello Percussionists & Rhythm Lovers,
We are excited that you have chosen to attend Asheville Percussion Festival 2017! Our world-class Residency Artists create a unique and inspiring musical experience for everyone involved. The mission of Asheville Rhythm is to provide a creative environment where percussionists of all traditions gather to explore, create and innovate.
The Saturday evening Masters Concert will take place at 8:00pm at the Diana Wortham Theatre (entrance to theater is under the marquee and through the courtyard at 12 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801) in downtown Asheville. The concert will feature collaborative compositions from our world-renowned teaching artists. Please allow extra time to park. TICKETS
For up to date information, please check the website for the most recent workshop schedule as times of classes are subject to change.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO BRING:
- Please bring your own instruments. For Free Saturday Workshops, rental instruments will be available (e.g., Congas, Djembes, Frame Drums and Doumbeks)
- Pen, pencil, notepaper and/or personal recording device for classes and jam sessions, bottled water/drink, snacks (some will be available), yoga mat for Sunday sound meditation.
- A joyful willingness to share and learn about the wonderful world of Percussion!
There will be vendors featuring products from local and national drum makers including Cooperman Frame Drums, Carolina Drumworks Snare Drums, TMF drums and Cajons, Skinny Beats Drum Shop, Hands on Fire Tank Drums, Medicine Wind Flutes, and BRR Cajons. See below.
We will have musical instruments and beautiful crafts donated by our generous sponsors.
There will be Food Vendors on site Saturday - Cecelia's, High Five Coffee and the HOP ice cream.
FOR THE INTENSIVE PROGRAM:
Check regularly for updates on the Schedule.
During the Intensive Program there will be an area where you may swap ANY unwanted drum gear for something that you may need.
TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATIONS:
If you are flying into the Asheville-Hendersonville regional airport, downtown Asheville is 20 minutes away. Greenville/Spartanburg, SC (GSP) is a 75 minute drive. Charlotte NC (CLT) is a 2 hour drive.
HOTEL OPTIONS for Festival Participants:
The Renaissance Hotel, 31 Woodfin St. Asheville, NC 28801, is designing a special Festival Package. Check back for details soon. There are many places to stay in Asheville. Please visit exploreasheville.com, and click on Places to Stay. Below is a list of a variety of accommodations convenient to the Festival.
We are looking forward to seeing you on this exciting weekend of percussion music! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
River, Tom and Rima
Henna Sophia: hand painted body henna
Our 2017 Silent Auction has some beautiful and exciting things to bid on, due to our generous sponsors who donated wonderful treasures, see photos below. All proceeds go to supporting the programs that Asheville Rhythm provides. Help us grow and to continue our work to promote Wellness and Community through Rhythm.
Based on a design originally created for River Guerguerian, the Asheville Series snare drum by Carolina Drumworks® is configured for use in fusion kits – playable with hands as well as sticks or brushes, producing volume compatible with hand instruments, and capable of rapid changes in sound and character. This 7x12 drum features contoured maple hoops, a mahogany/poplar shell finished in high gloss, and intricate inlays.
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The Renaissance Hotel is designing a special Festival Package. Details available soon.
31 Woodfin St. Asheville, NC 28801
828 252 8211
OM Sanctuary Retreat
87 Richmond Hill Dr, Asheville, NC 28806
828 252 7313
Airbnb - Asheville
Sweet Peas Hostel
23 Rankin Avenue Asheville NC 28801
828 285 8488
Super 8 Asheville
180 Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC 28805
828 505 4648
201 Tunnel Rd, Asheville, NC 28805
828 252 4000
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson
199 Tunnel Rd, Asheville, NC 28805
Hampton Inn Asheville-Tunnel Rd.
204 Tunnel Road, Asheville, North Carolina, 28805
151 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801
Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn
254 Cumberland Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
Applewood Manor Inn Bed and Breakfast
62 Cumberland Cir, Asheville, NC 28801
120 Hillside St, Asheville, NC 28801
Seasons Bed and Breakfast
43 Watauga St, Asheville, NC 28801
Abbington Green Bed and Breakfast Inn
46 Cumberland Cir, Asheville, NC 28801
1900 Inn on Montford Bed and Breakfast
296 Montford Ave, Asheville, NC 28801