Xpress’ electronic-music section failed to touch on TOUCH Samadhi

Your March 3 cover package on Asheville's electronic-music scene was excellent, save for one oversight: the failure to make a single reference to one of the oldest electronic-music collectives in the area, TOUCH Samadhi.

For over 10 years, TS has been throwing regular electronic-music events in the Asheville area, including Downtown Get-Down events at Pritchard Park and annual outdoor festivals at Deerfields. Ranging in genres from downtempo and dub to psytrance and goa trance, the TOUCH Samadhi events have consistently drawn trance dance enthusiasts.

Of course, I am biased: Three years ago I quit my job in Washington, D.C., and moved to North Carolina to be closer to TOUCH Samadhi. But I am by far not the only fan, contributor to and supporter of this group. To me and many others, the Asheville electronic-music scene would be distinctly different without TOUCH Samadhi's presence.

The failure to mention this collective demonstrates a significant naiveté regarding the Asheville electronic-music scene and diminishes an otherwise excellent package.

— Alexander Marano
Kernersville, N.C.

Xpress A&E Editor Rebecca Sulock responds: Thank you for your feedback. The electronica package was not intended to be all-encompassing; rather, it's a jumping-off point for people unfamiliar with the scene, who might wish to learn more. We hope it served that purpose and look forward to hearing more about TOUCH Samadhi's upcoming events.

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