Join Asheville Rhythm for the Fifth Annual Asheville Percussion Festival on June 26- July 2, 2017 at the Odyssey Community School, 90 Zillicoa St. in Asheville, NC. This year's festival will feature teaching artists from around the globe, including NYC-based drummer and composer Allison Miller, who has performed with Natalie Merchant, Ani DeFranco and voted “Rising Star Drummer” and “Top 20 Jazz Drummers” in Downbeat Magazine’s acclaimed Critics Poll, Portuguese World Music Hand Pan artist Kabeção, Vicki Genfan, who has showcased as one of the world’s top percussive guitarists and won the title of “Guitar Superstar” by Guitar Magazine, multi-percussionist extraordinaire David Kuckhermann, MO’RHYTHM Percussion School owner and innovator Monette Marino, West African dancer and choreographer Barakissa Coulibaly and the founder of the festival, Asheville’s own ambassador of rhythm, River Guerguerian.
LEARN and ENGAGE: Choose from over 20 workshops taught by world-renowned performers for all skill levels, such as: Middle Eastern drumming, the art of frame drumming, footwork and rhythms of Indian dance, and music therapy workshops sponsored by Four Seasons Compassion for Life. The Four Seasons Wellness Track will include Songwriting for Music Therapy, Introduction to the role of a Music Therapist, Conscious Drumming: Drumming from the Heart, and a Sunday Sound Meditation.
All Workshops on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday will be held at the Odyssey Community School, 90 Zillicoa St., Asheville.
LISTEN and ENJOY: The Saturday evening Masters Concert will take place at 8 p.m. at the Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville on June 18. The concert will feature collaborative compositions from our world-renowned musicians. Last year’s concert was sold out, so get your tickets early!
Other events of interest include Friday night community drumming around the fire and a Sunday morning Sound Meditation. Workshops are for all levels, beginners through advanced as well as those who are just curious about percussion and want to learn while having fun. There will be vendors throughout the weekend displaying and selling an eclectic array of percussion instruments and delicious local foods.
Tickets are available for individual workshops, the Masters Concert, day passes or weekend passes. Ticket prices range from $20-$120. For more information and to purchase tickets online, please visit: http://www.ashevillepercussionfestival.com/tickets/.
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.