8th Annual
June 24-30, 2019

Save the Date. Details coming soon!

Exciting News! Glen Velez headlining 2019 Asheville Percussion Festival.

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


Asheville Percussion Festival 2018 was 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 was 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 help 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.

Wednesday June 27
Bonnie Whiting performance:
 Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center 
TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE ON-LINE for this intimate concert at Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center on Weds, June 27th, at 8pm.  APF Residency Artist, Bonnie Whiting, will present her solo simultaneous performance of two vintage John Cage compositions. If you are an experimental jazz fan, you won't want to miss this exciting performance!
Tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3426143 (Notice these tickets are not available through the Asheville Rhythm website.)

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 SchoolPlease 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 ashevillepercussion@gmail.com to inquire.

Other activities and amenities will include a silent auction, vending, demonstrations, a food truck and ice cream.


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. 

For up to date information, please check the website for the most recent workshop schedule, as times of classes are subject to shift.

-     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, snacks (some will be available),        and yoga mat for sound meditation if you wish to lie down. There will also be chairs.
-    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. See list below.

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. See list below.

There will be a Food truck on site on Saturday, Nibble & Sip snacks and a HOP ice cream stand.

Check regularly for updates on the Schedule.

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 the Ramada River Ridge
148 River Ford Parkway, Asheville, North Carolina 28803
The special Festival rate rooms are discounted until June 11 so call 828 298 9141 directly to inquire.

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



COOPERMAN DRUMS for sale at the 2018 Percussion Festival

COOPERMAN DRUMS for sale at the 2018 Percussion Festival

Asheville Rhythm
Sweet Spot Udu Drums
TMF Drums
Medicine Wind Flutes
Skinny Beats
Hathor Systrum
The Drum Heads
John Vorus Ritual Drums
Makai Handpans
Nibble and Sip
Cecilia's Culinary World Tour food truck
Haunani Orsillo Massage
CJ Randall, watercolors
Rob Freet, artist





Our 2018 Silent Auction will have 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. 


Celebrate Her Spirit, art print, 11x14 framed. Proceeds from the sale of this print will be donated to Our VOICE. There will also be a collection jar next to the print for additional funds to add to our donation.  Thanks to Karen for giving us the print for this specific purpose! Please help us to give generously.

In the pursuit of a community that is free of sexual violence, Our VOICE serves all individuals in Buncombe County affected by sexual assault and abuse, through counseling, advocacy and education.


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.


Fire Works Pottery terra cotta clay bas relief, 12"x 11" yoga pose, mounted on wood frame with hanging wire. Hand sculpted by pottery artist Jim Shelly.


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



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.



Hand crafted in Brevard, NC and made to order ceremonial ritual frame drum. 22" diameter. Goat skin head.






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.





Click on name for link.

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

Ramada River Ridge 
148 River Ford Parkway, Asheville, North Carolina 28803

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