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Asheville Percussion Festival: Celebrating Women in Rhythm June 25-July 1, 2018

Asheville Rhythm proudly hosts the Seventh Annual Asheville Percussion Festival, June 25-July 1st, 2018, at the Odyssey School in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina.





This year’s theme is “Celebrating Women in Rhythm,” as we shine a spotlight on powerful female percussionists from around the globe.

We are excited to be bringing Kasiva Mutua all the way from Kenya. Kasiva tours internationally with the Nile Project and was recently recognized by OkayAfrica as one of 100 Women in Africa who stand out for “driving positive impact on their communities and the world at large.” Other artists presenting at the festival include world-renowned doumbek player, Raquy Danziger from Turkey; virtuoso on Persian frame drum, Naghmeh Farahmand; djembe and conga superstar, Monette Marino; accomplished composer, percussionist, and vocalist, Lisette Santiago; experimental percussionist and current Head of the Percussion Department at University of Washington School of Music, Bonnie Whiting.

All of these amazing performers and educators will be joined by a talented array of local professionals, including iconic busker and radio host, Abby the Spoon Lady; versatile world-percussionist and djembefola, Jessie Lehmann; accomplished cellist, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, composer, and song-writer, Isabel Castellvi; and Asheville Rhythm’s Artistic Director, River Guerguerian. Special guests for festival concerts include: multi-instrumentalist, Chris Rosser and Grammy Award winner, Eliot Wadopian; as well as poet, fiction writer, and spokenword artist, Alli Marshall; traditional Bharat Natyam dancer, Aparna Keshaviah; gong master and certified sound practitioner, Megan Sprague; Appalachian one-man band, Chris Rodrigues; and more!

Schedule of Events

Bonnie Whiting performs 51’15.657” for a Speaking Percussionist

by John Cage

A culmination of 14 months of work and study, APF Residency Artist and Head of Percussion Department at the University of Washington School of Music, Bonnie Whiting, is the first performer to execute both pieces in their entirety.

$8 for BMCM+AC members and students with ID/ $12 non-members

Wednesday, June 27, 8:00 pm

At Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, 56 Broadway


Masters of Percussion Concert

During their weeklong residency in Asheville, APF featured artists will collaboratively compose original pieces, blending their unique styles and sounds to create a rich tapestry of world rhythms and melodies. They will perform these compositions together for a once in a lifetime convergence, which is bound to be unforgettable. $35/ ticket

Friday, June 29th, 8:00 pm

at Diana Wortham Theatre, 18 Biltmore Ave


FREE Saturday Drum and Dance Workshops

The Residency Artists and a selection of local percussionists and dancers will teach FREE workshops to the general public. The Saturday daytime events are FREE but do require an online registration for space purposes. Saturday’s festivities will also include a silent auction, vendors, demo performances, dancing, casual fun for the whole family, a food truck by Cecilia’s Kitchen, and an ice-cream booth by The Hop.

Saturday, June 30th, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

At Odyssey Community School, 90 Zillicoa St


Informal Solo Performances and Jams

Saturday evening, the artists and guests will perform a casual concert of solo pieces and improvisational jams at a separate ticketed event, also being held at Odyssey School.  $10/ ticket

Saturday, June 30, 8:00 pm

at Odyssey Community School, 90 Zillicoa St


 Sunday Sound Meditation

The weekend culminates in a Sound Meditation concert, featuring members of Free Planet Radio, gong-master, Megan Sprague, and others. Participants relax as they bask in gentle sound vibrations emanating from frame drums, gongs, singing bowls, handpans, and other exotic instruments. Bring yoga mats, blankets, and pillows if you desire them. Partipants typically take in these Sound Meditation concerts in reclined position on the floor or do their own yoga and meditation practices quietly in the room’s periphery. 

$20/ ticket

Sunday, July 1st, 12 to 1:30pm

at Odyssey Community School, 90 Zillicoa St


Week-long Intensive Programs

For the serious student who wants to be fully immersed in a panopoly of world rhythms and percussion instruments, this program provides five full days of workshops with our Residency Artists. Intensive Program pass includes the weekend concerts and Sound Immersion on Sunday. Two different tracks: Emerging Drummers and Intermediate/ Advanced Drummers. $385 – $435

Monday, June 25 – Friday, June 29, 9:00 am- 6:00 pm

at Odyssey Community School, 90 Zillicoa St


Doumbek Focus All-Day Workshops with Raquy Danziger

World-famous percussionist, Raquy Danziger, here from Istanbul, Turkey, will spend two whole days focusing on doumbek and sharing her techniques and insights, including Turkish split-hand technique.  $75/ day

Monday, July 2nd, 10:30am – 4:30pm (breaking for lunch 1:00 – 2:30pm)

Tuesday, July 3rd , 10:30am – 4:30pm (breaking for lunch 1:00 – 2:30pm)

at Odyssey Community School, 90 Zillicoa St


The Asheville Percussion Festival is hosted by Asheville Rhythm. This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources. This event is also funded in part by the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority’s Festivals and Cultural Events Funding Program.



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