7th Annual
June 25-July 1


Our 2017 Percussion Festival, Mosaic of Rhythm, was a huge success!
Thank you all for joining us and we look forward to seeing you in June 2018
for the 7th Annual Festival! 

Our 7th annual Asheville Percussion Festival 2018 will be held June 25-July 1 in beautiful Asheville, NC. The Intensive Program, June 25- 29 includes the Friday night concert. Please note that Masters Concert this year is Friday night June 29 at Diana Wortham Theatre. Free workshops at Odyssey Community School on Saturday June 30 and a Sound Meditation on Sunday, July1. Stay tuned for details and ticket sales! Sign up for our Newsletter to keep in touch. 

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 of rhythm, River Guerguerian. World-renowned artists will collaborate and create original compositions during the Intensive Program week. They will also teach a week-long intensive program, give workshops/demonstrations on Saturday for the public, perform a concert on Friday 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 Friday evening concert and Sunday morning Sound Meditation.

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 Friday 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 Friday evening Masters Concert will take place at 8 p.m. on June 29 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  on July 1 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.

Tickets on sale soon!

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’s Festivals
and Cultural Events Funding Program.

6th Annual
Mosaic of Rhythm

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Download Festival Program Here


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.

- 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.

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. 

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. 

In Rhythm,
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.

Unique prototype – “tympanum” 
By Cooperman

Medicine Wind Flute 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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Hand painted henna design frame drum.
By Donna Dantzler




Click on name for link.

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 

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

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