7th Annual
ASHEVILLE PERCUSSION FESTIVAL
June 25-July 1, 2018

 

last updated 7/8/2018


FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS:

The Intensive Program includes 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.

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.

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.

The Sunday Sound Meditation will take place at 12:00 noon on July 1 at Odyssey School. A separate ticket is required.

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 will include a Silent Auction, Vending, Demonstrations, Food truck, and a Drum Swap. 



For a complete list of Residency Artists click here
Please bring your drums, and extras if you have to share. Some extra drums will be available for rent.


2018 Schedule

 

Monday June 25 - Friday June 29:  INTENSIVE PROGRAM

Odyssey Community School - 90 Zillicoa St, Asheville, NC 28801
Intensive Program ticket includes entry into all activities from Monday-Sunday

Both INTENSIVE PROGRAMS: World Percussion for Emerging Drummers and Intermediate/Advanced are for those who wish to experience a Percussion Immersion and take their playing to the next level. Classes will be given on a variety of Drums and styles like Djembe, Conga, Frame Drums, Doumbek, Tambourine, Singing Bowls, Gong, and more. You can substitute types of drums between classes. For example, if you don't have a doumbek for Raquy's class you can use a frame drum.

MONDAY JUNE 25
9:15-9:30 am:  Residency Artists & Intensive participants arrive
10:00 am-10:25 am:  Opening Circle and Introductions

Please note: Room A is for Intermediate/advanced and Room B is for Emerging.
10:30 am-11:35 am Room A: RAQUY DANZIGER - Middle Eastern Doumbek
10:30 am-11:35 am Room B: MONETTE MARINO - Mandeng Rhythms for Djembe

11:45 am-1:00 pm Room A: APARNA KESHAVIAH - Indian Rhythms
11:45 am-1:00 pm Room B: Trish DeGroot - Playing Rhythms and Stepping in Time
 
1:00 pm-2:30 pm:  Lunch Break

2:30 pm-3:45 pm Room A: KASIVA MUTUA - Drumming fro Kenya & beyond
2:30 pm-3:45 pm Room B: LISETTE SANTIAGO - Latin Percussion
3:55 pm-4:15 pm Room A & B: BRANDI MIZILCA - Incorporating Rhythm into the body through dance and drumming

4:30 pm-6:00 pm: REHEARSAL with Advanced Intensive Participants & Teaching Artists for performance at Friday Night Concert. 

6:30 pm:  Dinner for our Teaching Artists sponsored by the Grey Eagle Taqueria 
               185 Clingman Ave. Asheville, NC 28801
Open mic night: Entertainment by Intensive Students: The Creekside Drummers, Kadijah Photiades, and Whatever is Fine. 
Intensive students, volunteers, and the Asheville Rhythm community are invited to join us. (Please pay for your own food & drink)

TUESDAY JUNE 26
10:00 am-10:15 am:  Warm Up for Intensive Program participants and Teaching Artists

Please note: Room A is for Intermediate/advanced and Room B is for Emerging.
10:20 am-11:35 pm Room A: NAGHMEH FARAHMAND - Persian Hand Drums (Daf & Tonbak)
10:20 am-11:35 pm Room B: KASIVA MUTUA - Drumming from Kenya & beyond

11:45 am-1:00 pm Room A: LISETTE SANTIAGO - Latin Percussion
11:45 am-1:00 pm Room B: RIVER GUERGUERIAN - Frame Drums

1:00 pm-2:30 pm:  Lunch Break

2:30 pm-3:45 pm Room A:ABBY THE SPOON LADY - Spoons
2:30 pm-3:45 pm Room B: HOPE MEDFORD - Bringing out your natural rhythm and sound
3:55 pm-4:15 pm Room A & B: BRANDI MIZILCA - Incorporating Rhythm into the body through dance and drumming

4:30 pm-6:00 pm: REHEARSAL with Advanced Intensive Participants & Teaching Artists for performance at Friday Night Concert. 

7:00 pm:  Potluck Dinner to welcome the Residency Artists, hosted by Asheville Rhythm Students at Green Goddess Farm, 50 Cedar Hill Rd., Asheville, NC 28806
Intensive students and the Asheville Rhythm community are invited to join us; bring a dish to share. Please contact Joan Chesick to register,  <homegrownhearing@gmail.com> cell: 828 779 7048

WEDNESDAY JUNE 27
10:00 am-10:15 am:  Warm Up for Intensive Program participants and Teaching Artists

Please note: Room A is for Intermediate/advanced and Room B is for Emerging.
10:20 am-11:35 pm Room A: RAQUY DANZIGER - Middle Eastern Doumbek
10:20 am-11:35 pm Room B: JESSIE LEHMANN - West African Drumming

11:45 am-1:00 pm Room A: RIVER GUERGUERIAN - Frame Drums
11:45 am-1:00 pm Room B: APARNA KESHAVIAH - Indian Rhythms

1:00 pm-2:30 pm:  Lunch Break

2:30 pm-3:45 pm Room A: MONETTE MARINO & JESSIE LEHMANN - Mandeng Rhythms for Djembe and Dun Dun
2:30 pm-3:45 pm Room B: NAGHMEH FARAHMAND - Persian Drumming
3:55 pm-4:15 pm Room A & B: BRANDI MIZILCA - Incorporating Rhythm into the body through dance and drumming

4:30 pm-6:00 pm: REHEARSAL with Advanced Intensive Participants & Teaching Artists for performance at Friday Night Concert. 

6:45 pm:  Dinner for our Residency Artists sponsored by Farm Burger at LaZoom Room, 76 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, NC 28801.
               Intensive Students are invited to join them for drinks at the bar. (Please purchase your own beverages.)  

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!
#bonniewhitingpercussion #johncage #spokenpercussion #experimentalpercussion 
Tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3426143 (Notice these tickets are not available through the Asheville Rhythm website.)

THURSDAY JUNE 28
10:00 am-10:15 am:  Sound Meditation by MEGAN SPRAGUE for Intensive Program participants

Please note: Room A is for Intermediate/advanced and Room B is for Emerging.
10:20 am-11:35 pm Room A: MEGAN SPRAGUE - Creating Sacred Sound (Concepts & Techniques)
10:20 am-11:35 pm Room B: RAQUY DANZIGER - Middle Eastern Doumbek

11:45 am-1:00 pm Room A: BONNIE WHITING - Stick Technique/Improvising & Composing
11:45 am-1:00 pm Room B: ABBY THE SPOON LADY - Spoons

1:00 pm-2:30 pm:  Lunch Break

2:30 pm-3:45 pm Room A: NAGHMEH FARAHMAND - Persian Hand Drums (Daf & Tonbak)
2:30 pm-3:45 pm Room B: MEGAN SPRAGUE - Creating Sacred Sound (Concepts & Techniques)
3:55 pm-4:15 pm Room A & B: BRANDI MIZILCA - Incorporating Rhythm into the body through dance and drumming

4:30 pm-6:00 pm:  REHEARSAL with Advanced Intensive Participants & Teaching Artists for performance at Friday Night Concert. 

7:00 pm-8:30 pm:  Dinner for our Residency Artists at the Swanannoa Sound Chamber hosted by Imani.

FRIDAY JUNE 29
9:30 am-12:00 pm: Rehearsals as needed for all Residency Artists & advanced Intensive Participants

10:15 am-11:30 am Room A & B: ANDREA RICH - Zen of Performance, Performing for the non-performer

11:45 am-1:00 pm Room B (everybody invited): Larry McDowell TBD

12:00 pm - Residency Artists and advanced intensive students pack instruments.

12:30 pm - Equipment Crew loads van
12:30 pm - Lunch for Residency Artists

1:15 pm - Load in to Diana Wortham Theatre
2:30 pm - Soundcheck
3:30 pm - 6:30 Dress Rehearsal on stage
6:30 pm - Dinner in green room for Residency Artists and advanced Intensive Participants

4:00pm-6:00pm - Free workshop offered at Skinny Beats for all intensive students and the general public. Learn to play crystal bowls, gongs, handpan, didgeridoo, djembe and more.  Billy Zanski will help you to incorporate different instruments and frequencies into a musical journey to help deepen the connection to your inner rhythm. 4 Eagle St, Asheville, NC (828) 768-2826
 

8:00 pm:  FRIDAY NIGHT MASTERS CONCERT - Diana Wortham Theatre  
               12 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801  828-257-4530
Tickets: here
Asheville Percussion Residency Ensemble
performing the collaborative efforts and compositions of the Teaching Artists. Innovative percussion pieces are created during a 5-day Artist Residency.
Featuring: Residency/Performing Artists


SATURDAY JUNE 30
Odyssey Community School  90 Zillicoa St, Asheville, NC 28801
Check back for last minute schedule updates.

WORKSHOPS - Free and open to the public. Bring your own drums. Register for free ticket here. All Saturday Festival workshops are interactive, and unless specified, will be formatted for beginners through advanced players. Learn by listening, watching, or playing along.

10:00-11:15 am Room A: LISETTE SANTIAGO - Latin Percussion (Conga)
10:00-11:15 am B: NAGHMEH FARAHMAND - Persian Hand Drums

11:30 am-12:45 pm Room A: KASIVA MUTUA - Drumming sensation from Kenya
11:30 am-12:45 pm Room B: BONNIE WHITING - Stick Technique, Improvising & Composing for Percussion

12:45-2:00 pm:  Lunch Break  Food Vendor - Cecilia's Kitchen

1:00-1:50 pm Room A:  Community Drumming Circle with  HOPE MEDFORD

2:00-3:15 pm Room A: MONETTE MARINO & JESSIE LEHMANN - Mandeng Rhythms for Djembe and Dun Dun
2:00-3:15 pm Room B: BRANDI MIZILCA  Middle Eastern Bellydance

3:30-4:45 pm Room A: RAQUY DANZIGER - Middle Eastern Doumbek
3:30-4:45 pm Room B: LILIANA FERRER - Discover your Personal Rhythm - Intro to HealthRhythms

5:00-6:15 pm Room B: ABBY THE SPOON LADY - How to play spoons

5:00 pm - 7:00 Soundcheck/Rehearsal on stage

6:30-8:00pm:  Dinner break:  Food Vendor - Cecilia's Kitchen

8:00 pm:  SATURDAY NIGHT evening of INFORMAL SOLOS & JAMS by our world-renowned Residency Artists and guests at the Odyssey Community School. A separate ticket is required.

*Browse vendor booths for percussion instruments and other musical offerings
*Enter the Silent Auction. 


SUNDAY JULY 1
Odyssey Community School - 90 Zillicoa St, Asheville, NC 28801

12:00noon-1:30pm:  Sound Meditation
Tickets: here
Relax and rejuvenate to the soothing sounds of Tibetan Singing Bowls, Gongs, Hand Pans, and others. 
Bring a yoga mat if you would like to lie down.

1:30pm:  Silent Auction results and announcements


MONDAY JULY 2
Doumbek Focus All Day Workshop with RAQUY DANZIGER - DAY 1
Odyssey Community School - 90 Zillicoa St, Asheville, NC 28801

10:00 am-1:00 pm: Teachings
1:00 pm-2:30 pm:  Lunch Break
2:30 pm-4:30 pm: Teachings

TUESDAY JULY 3
Doumbek Focus All Day Workshop with RAQUY DANZIGER - DAY 2
Odyssey Community School - 90 Zillicoa St, Asheville, NC 28801

10:00 am-1:00 pm: Teachings
1:00 pm-2:30 pm:  Lunch Break
2:30 pm-4:30 pm: Teachings

WEDNESDAY JULY 4
Private Lessons with RAQUY DANZIGER
Odyssey Community School - 90 Zillicoa St, Asheville, NC 28801

Please email ashevillepercussion@gmail.com to inquire.


Thank you all for spending this time with us. We appreciate you. See you next year!
In Rhythm,
River, Tom & Rima


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.

*Through the weekend there will be a Collaboration Room for participants to jam with each other and the teachers*

VENDORS:

 There will be VENDORS selling drums, musical instruments, art, and food.

COOPERMAN DRUMS - CAROLINA DRUMWORKS - DREAM GUITARS
SKINNY BEATS TMF CAJONS - HANDS ON FIRE
 GYPSY QUEEN CUISINE - CECILIA'S KITCHEN - THE HOP  
DONNA DANTZLER HENNA HANDPAINTED DRUMS
 MEDICINE WIND FLUTES - BRR CAJONS

DRUM SWAP:

During the Intensive Program there will be a booth where you may swap ANY unwanted drum gear for something that you may need.
 

THINGS TO BRING:

Bottled water/drink, snacks (some will be available), Blanket/Chair for Friday night bonfire,  phone with charger, camera, comfortable shoes, your ticket, something to take notes with, yoga mat for sound meditation


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