8th Annual
ASHEVILLE PERCUSSION FESTIVAL
Rhythms of Diversity

June 24-July 1, 2019

Tickets for sale below

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Exciting News! Glen Velez headlining 2019 Asheville Percussion Festival.

The week will include a three-day intermediate Frame Drum Intensive with 4-time Grammy Award Winner and 2014 Percussion Hall of Fame inductee, Glen Velez joined by vocalist, Loire Cotler.


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Asheville Percussion Festival 2019 will be held Monday June 24-Monday 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 of rhythm, River Guerguerian.

This year's theme, Rhythms of Diversity, brings to Asheville percussionists from around the globe. Our Residency Artists will collaborate and create original compositions during the week, which they will perform in a Masters Concert on Saturday evening. Some of the artists will also offer workshops throughout a week-long intensive program and facilitate a sound meditation together on Sunday.

This year's festival will be held at multiple locations, all within a mile from each other. 
Odyssey Community School: 90 Zillicoa St., Asheville, NC, 28801 - Intensive Workshops, Free Saturday Community Workshops/Demos, & Sunday Sound Meditation.
Rainbow Community School: 574 Haywood Rd. Asheville, NC 28806 - Marimba Workshops on Thursday/Friday.
Black Mountain Museum & Arts Center: 120 College St, Asheville, NC 28801 - Gamelan Workshop and Concert on Friday. 
Diana Wortham Theatre18 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801 - Saturday night Masters Concert. 
Hyatt Place199 Haywood St, Asheville NC, 28801 - Wednesday Meet and Greet.

Please see Ticket Description and Schedule for exact location, date, and time of each Event. Thank you.

PURCHASE TICKETS FOR ALL EVENTS BELOW
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Schedule

Subject to change, please see website for latest info. Last updated 6/22/19

This year's festival is an à la carte menu. Create your own experience.
Separate tickets are required for EACH event (unless specified),
including concerts and free workshops, even for intensive participants.

See our RESIDENCY ARTISTS for full list of Teachers and Performers

Monday June 24-Wednesday June 26 

10am-4:30pm - Room A
3-day intermediate level intensive with Master Frame Drummer Glen Velez, periodically accompanied by vocalist Loire Cotler. (Includes the opportunity to audition for a chance to perform a composition with Glen Velez and Loire Cotler.)
At Odyssey Community School: 90 Zillicoa St. Asheville, NC 28801. 
Lunch break from 1-2:30pm.

Monday June 24

10am-4:30pm - Room B
Full day intro-level intensive on Middle Eastern Drumming featuring Doumbek/Tonbak/Frame Drum with Naghmeh Farahmand.
At Odyssey Community School: 90 Zillicoa St. Asheville, NC 28801. 
Lunch break from 1-2:30pm.

7-9:00pm
Potluck for the Intensive Students and Asheville Rhythm community to welcome our Residency Artists hosted by Dr. Joan Chesick, Homegrown Hearing, at her Green Goddess Farm.
50 Cedar Hill Rd., Asheville, NC 28806
BYOB and a dinner dish to share. Please bring food by 7:00 so that our hungry Artists can eat as soon as they arrive.

Tuesday June 25

10am-4:30pm - Room B
Full day all-level intensive on Handpan with Adam Maalouf.
At Odyssey Community School: 90 Zillicoa St. Asheville, NC 28801. 
Lunch break from 1-2:30pm.

Wednesday June 26

10am-4:30pm - Room B
Full day intro-level intensive on West African Drumming with Adama Dembele.
At Odyssey Community School: 90 Zillicoa St. Asheville, NC 28801. 
Lunch break from 1-2:30pm.

7-8:45pm
Meet the Artists, Musical Interlude and Sound Meditation. Join us to mingle with our Percussion Festival Artists, be entertained by the exotic  sounds of the Baharat Band from New York City, Adam MaaloufMichael Burdi, and Miguel Santamaria, 7:20-8:00pm, and finish the evening with a soothing, restorative Sound Meditation by Megan Sprague 8-8:45pm.
In the 2nd floor foyer and meeting rooms. Cash Bar available in the downstairs lobby.
Free event parking (tell attendant you are there for the Percussion Festival event).
*At Hyatt Place: 199 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801
Free event: NO TICKET REQUIRED

Thursday June 27

10am-4:30pm - Room A
Full day intermediate level intensive on Middle Eastern Drumming featuring Doumbek/Tonbak/Frame Drum with Naghmeh Farahmand.
At Odyssey Community School: 90 Zillicoa St. Asheville, NC 28801. 
Lunch break from 1-2:30pm.

10am-1:00pm
- Room B
Half day intermediate level intensive on West African drumming with Adama Dembele.
At Odyssey Community School: 90 Zillicoa St. Asheville, NC 28801. 

2:30-5:30pm
Half day intro-level intensive on Zimbabwean style Marimba with Sue Ford & Village Marimba.
Throughout the workshop, participants will learn different parts to a composition and be able to play them together as an ensemble. Instruments and mallets will be provided. 
*At Rainbow Community School: 574 Haywood Rd. Asheville, NC 28806.

7-8:30pm
Free Planetary Sounds Workshop with Billy Zanski.
In this workshop we will explore the frequencies of celestial bodies and how to play gongs that are tuned to these Planetary vibrations.  We will have hands on practice with Alchemy bowls, Quartz bowls, monochords, and many other sound therapy tools.  We will also learn how to create different energies and feelings through a range of musical scales. 
* At Skinny Beats: 4 Eagle Street, Asheville, NC 28801
Free event: NO TICKET REQUIRED

Friday June 28

10am-2:00pm - Room A
Brazilian Percussion Ensemble Workshop with Zabumba Asheville Samba facilitated by Diana Loomer and Agustin Frederic. Different types of Samba percussion instruments will be demonstrated and taught. Throughout the workshop, participants will learn different parts to a composition and be able to play them together as an ensemble. Instruments will be provided.
At Odyssey Community School: 90 Zillicoa St. Asheville, NC 28801.

10am-1:00pm
Half day intermediate level intensive on Zimbabwean style Marimba with Sue Ford & Village MarimbaThroughout the workshop, participants will learn different parts to a composition and be able to play them together as an ensemble. Instruments and mallets will be provided. 
*At Rainbow Community School: 574 Haywood Rd. Asheville, NC 28806.
Open to intermediate percussionists with no prior marimba experience.

4-5:30pm
Free Gamelan Workshop with Gamelan group Yowana Sari hosted by Michael Lipsey director of Aaron Copland School of Music at CUNY. Instruments provided.
*At Black Mountain College Museum & Arts Center: 120 College St, Asheville, NC 28801.
Please register for this free ticket.

8:00pm
A special evening of contemporary and traditional music featuring NYC Gamelan group, Yowana Sari
*
At Black Mountain College Museum & Arts Center: 120 College St, Asheville, NC 28801.

Saturday June 29

11:30am-4:00pm
Free Community Workshops/Demos/Film open to the public.
11:30am-12:55pm
- "Rhythms of Life" documentary film hosted by director Craig Norton
1:00-1:30pm - "Being in Rhythm" with Brandi Mizilca & Trish DeGroot
1:45-2:45pm - "Drum Circle Techniques, Etiquette & Facilitation" with Larry McDowell
3:00-4:00 - "Middle Eastern Rhythms" with Brian T. Carter
At Odyssey Community School: 90 Zillicoa St. Asheville, NC 28801. 
Please register for this free ticket.

8:00pm
Masters Concert will feature original collaborative compositions and solos created during the residency week by our world-renowned Residency Artists.
*At Diana Wortham Theatre18 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801. 
Concert ticket required for entry to this event, even for intensive participants.

Sunday June 30

12:00pm  
Sunday Sound Meditation - Relax and rejuvenate to the soothing sounds of Tibetan Singing Bowls, Gongs, Hand Pans, and other instruments. 
At Odyssey Community School: 90 Zillicoa St. Asheville, NC 28801.
Bring a yoga mat if you would like to lie down.

Monday July 1

10am-4:30pm - River’s Studio
Full day  intensive on creating a Hybrid Drum Kit with River Guerguerian. Will include instruction on how to play both hand and stick drums, cymbals, shakers, and foot pedals. From simple to complex.
At Odyssey Community School: 90 Zillicoa St. Asheville, NC 28801.
Lunch Break 1-2:30pm.


Tickets on Sale below

Separate tickets are required for each event, including free workshops and concerts (unless specified).
This year's festival is an à la carte menu. Create your own experience.


For those who have attended the Intensive in the past, the price is about the same for the whole week of activities.


2019 WELCOME LETTER

Hello Percussionists & Rhythm Lovers,

We are excited that you have chosen to attend our 8th Annual Asheville Percussion Festival 2019! Our world-class faculty creates 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.

CONCERT GOERS:
The Saturday evening Masters Concert will take place June 29 at 8:00pm at the Diana Wortham Theatre, 18 Biltmore Avenue in downtown Asheville. The concert will feature collaborative compositions from our world-renowned teaching artists. Please allow extra time to park. 

SCHEDULE:
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: ashevillepercussion@gmail.com
      (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 and snacks. Some may be available for sale.       

- Yoga mat for sound meditation if you wish to lie down. There will be chairs.

- A joyful willingness to share and learn about the wonderful world of Percussion!

VENDING:
There will be vending during the Intensive week that will feature products from local and national drum makers including Cooperman Frame Drums, Medicine Wind Flutes, Carolina Drumworks Snare Drums, Meinl Percussion, Skinny Beats Drum Shop, TMF Drums.

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:
Our Hospitality Partner this year is Hyatt Place
199 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801

There are many places to stay in Asheville, NC.
See below for 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.

In Rhythm,
Asheville Rhythm Team
www.AshevillePercussionFestival.com
ashevillepercussion@gmail.com


HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS:

Click on name for link.

Hyatt Place
199 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801
828 505 8500

Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds
39 Stockwood Road Ext, Asheville, NC 28803
Local: (828) 202-8518 | Toll Free: (800) 235-2474
info@ashevillecabins.com

Ramada River Ridge 
148 River Ford Parkway, Asheville, North Carolina 28803
828 298 9141

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

Sweet Peas Hostel
23 Rankin Avenue Asheville NC 28801
828 285 8488

Super 8 Asheville
180 Tunnel Road, Asheville, NC 28805
828 505 4648 

Days Inn
201 Tunnel Rd, Asheville, NC 28805
828 252 4000

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson
199 Tunnel Rd, Asheville, NC 28805  
828 254-4311

Hampton Inn Asheville-Tunnel Rd.
204 Tunnel Road, Asheville, North Carolina, 28805
828-255-9220

Hotel Indigo
151 Haywood St, Asheville, NC 28801  
828 239-0239

Cumberland Falls Bed and Breakfast Inn   
254 Cumberland Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
828 253-4085

Applewood Manor Inn Bed and Breakfast
62 Cumberland Cir, Asheville, NC 28801
828 254-2244

Hill House
120 Hillside St, Asheville, NC 28801
828 232-0345

Seasons Bed and Breakfast
43 Watauga St, Asheville, NC 28801
828 236-9494

Abbington Green Bed and Breakfast Inn
46 Cumberland Cir, Asheville, NC 28801
828 251-2454

1900 Inn on Montford Bed and Breakfast
296 Montford Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
828 254-9569


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2019 VENDORS

COOPERMAN DRUMS for sale at the 2018 Percussion Festival

COOPERMAN DRUMS for sale at the 2018 Percussion Festival

CAROLINA DRUMWORKS

Based on a design originally created for River Guerguerian, a drum similar to the one pictured, 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.

MEDICINE WIND FLUTES

Handmade bamboo flute in exotic Middle Eastern/Arabian tuning. Bamboo grown and flute made by renowned flute maker George Tortorelli, Gainesville, FL
 

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TMF DRUMS

Peruvian style Tribalscapes Music Cajon in a natural finish. The Tapa is in a two tone Moly style finish. It has a removable, and adjustable spring steel, fan style snare.
Locally handcrafted by Ed Carrasquillo.

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COOPERMAN DRUMS

Cooperman Velez Handdance Ghaval 14” ” x 2.50”  Glen Velez Series drums are noticeable lightweight, expertly crafted, and designed for use in any musical setting.  They can be tuned to a wide range of pitches, while the synthetic head insures maximum resonance in any climate.