ASHEVILLE PERCUSSION FESTIVAL
June 25-July 1, 2018
SHARE THE DRUM
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 School. Please 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 email@example.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.
2018 WELCOME LETTER
Welcome Letter & Things You Need to Know
Hello Percussionists & Rhythm Lovers,
We are excited that you have chosen to attend Asheville Percussion Festival 2018! Our world-class faculty creates a unique and inspiring musical experience for everyone involved. The mission of Asheville Percussion is to provide a creative environment where percussionists of all traditions gather to explore, create and innovate.
All Workshops on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday will be held at Odyssey Community School (90 Zillicoa St, Asheville, NC 28801)
The Friday evening Masters Concert will take place at 8 p.m. at the Diana Wortham Theatre (12 Biltmore Ave, 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 shift.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO BRING:
- Please bring your own instruments. If you would like to borrow one please let us know. firstname.lastname@example.org
(limited number of Congas, Djembes, Frame Drums and Doumbeks available)
- Writing utensil and/or personal recording device for classes and jam sessions, bottled water/drink, snacks (some will be available), blanket/chair for Friday night bonfire, yoga mat for sound meditation.
- A joyful willingness to share and learn about the wonderful world of Percussion!
There will be vending stations that will feature products from local and national drum makers including Cooperman Frame Drums, Carolina Drumworks Snare Drums, Meinl Percussion, Skinny Beats Drum Shop, Hands on Fire Tank Drums, McLellan Djembes, BRR Cajons.
During the Intensive, there will be a booth set up, where you may swap ANY unwanted drum gear for something that you may need. This booth is created by festival goers, for festival goers.
We will have musical instruments, artwork, and beautiful crafts donated by our generous sponsors.
There will be a Food truck on site on Saturday and a HOP ice cream stand.
FOR THE INTENSIVE PROGRAM:
Check regularly for updates on the Schedule.
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:
There are many places to stay in Asheville, NC.
Here 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.
Asheville Rhythm Team
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
31 Woodfin St. Asheville, NC 28801
828 252 8211
OM Sanctuary Retreat
87 Richmond Hill Dr, Asheville, NC 28806
828 252 7313
Ramada River Ridge
148 River Ford Parkway, Asheville, North Carolina 28803
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