Join us in the Isis Music Hall for a wonderful evening of world jazz fusion featuring the eclectic talent of multi-instrumentalist Chris Rosser and Asheville’s ‘Ambassador to Rhythm’ River Guerguerian along with the visiting members of the Asheville Percussion Festival faculty.
This is an intimate and informal part of The Asheville Percussion Festival happening June 26 – July 2 at the Odyssey School.
The Asheville Percussion Festival is being held June 26 – July 2, 2017 in beautiful Asheville, NC. Come enjoy a creative environment where percussionists and dancers of all traditions, from around the globe, gather to explore, create and innovate. All workshops on Saturday, July 1, are free to the public and will be held at the Odyssey Community School. The Masters Concert, which will feature collaborative compositions from our world-renowned teaching artists, will be held at the Diana Wortham Theatre on Saturday, July 1, at 8pm. Percussionists wanting more instruction and collaboration will find it in a week-long intensive program which begins Monday, June 26, at the Odyssey location. The exciting lineup for this year’s festival includes percussion artist OMAR FARUK TEKBILEK, one of the world’s foremost exponents of Middle Eastern music and a multi-instrumentalist par excellence (ney, zurna, baglama, oud, as well as percussion). His music is rooted in tradition, but has been influenced by contemporary sounds. Also joining our percussion family this year is MARCUS SANTOS who commits his life to the study, teaching and performance of his hometown of Bahia, Brazil’s Afro-Brazilian music and heritage as well as world drumming diversity. Joyfully included in this year’s stellar lineup are Asheville local favorites, RIVER GUERGUERIAN, ELIOT WADOPIAN, CHRIS ROSSER, MATTHEW RICHMOND and KEVIN SPEARS.
This Year’s Complete Performing Artist Lineup:
OMAR FARUK TEKBILEK | MURAT TEKBILEK | NAGHMEH FARAHMAND | MARCUS SANTOS | RIVER GUERGUERIAN | DAVID KUCKHERMANN | JIN WON | ADAM MAALOUF | YOUSIF SHERONICK | KATHRYN LOCKWOOD | KEVIN SPEARS | CHRIS ROSSER | ELIOT WADOPIAN | JESSIE LEHMANN | MATTHEW RICHMOND | LINDA BLOCK
Workshops on Saturday will cover such topics as global rhythms, performance techniques, improvising, composing, and dancing taught by world-renowned performers. Please register for free tickets for the Saturday workshops, and buy your tickets for the Saturday evening concert and the Sunday sound meditation at: http://www.ashevillepercussionfestival.com/tickets/. 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 Saturday evening concert and Sunday morning Sound Meditation.