That balance between soothing and energetic, acoustic and electric, will characterize the Stillness album premiere show. With a hearty laugh, Eliot Wadopian poses a not-at-all rhetorical question: “How do you do a CD release for a meditation record in a nightclub?”
The seventh annual gathering of local and world-renowned percussionists features an all-female cast.
Three local musicians share an interest in helping people in the community explore the healing power of sound and music in workshops and retreats.
Local professionals within the Western North Carolina healing arts and music circuits — Jeff Schmitt, River Guerguerian and Caroline Padgett — will join together to hold an immersive sacred music-making retreat. The three-day event takes place Friday-Sunday, Dec. 8-10, at Laughing Waters Retreat Center in Gerton. “About a year ago, I started a conversation with the three […]
Appalachian and world music collide when the Asheville singer-songwriter teams with the acclaimed trio and Acoustic Syndicate dobro player.
Many of the festival’s participants come from places where the arts may be overshadowed by political controversy. This year’s lineup includes the Turkish multi-instrumentalist Omar Faruk Tekbilek and his son Murat Tekbilek, the Iranian percussionist Naghmeh Farahmand and the Lebanese drummer Yousif Sheronick with his wife, violist Kathryn Lockwood.
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features botanical gardener Joe Hollis’ efforts to disperse his knowledge among online video viewers and hammered dulcimer player Joshua Messick’s new instrumental album.
The annual event features an artist residency, an intensive program, public workshops throughout the weekend of June 17-19 at the Odyssey Community School and a June 18 evening concert at Diana Wortham Theatre.
The members of Free Planet Radio have an ongoing impact on Asheville’s music scene, not to mention roughly a century of combined experience. They’ll play from the trio’s recent release Global Symphony Project at the Altamont Theatre on Friday, Feb. 5.
The release party for Billy Jonas Band’s new Jewish-themed album will benefit Kids4Peace, an interfaith community of youths who attend camps and other events to promote harmony among different cultures. The performance is at Altamont Theatre on Sunday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m.
The two groups’ collaborative album Global Symphony Project — recorded after receipt of a 2014 grant from the Chamber Music America Classical Commissioning Program — will be released during a performance at Isis Restaurant and Music Hall on Friday, Aug. 28, at 8:30 p.m.
White Horse Black Mountain hosts the new quartet’s debut on Friday, July 25, at 8 p.m.
A recent performance by Maalouf and Spears was doubly significant for its association with both the fourth annual Asheville Percussion Festival and inaugural Make Music Asheville.
This week-long rhythmic event runs from Monday, June 15 to Sunday, June 21, with the bulk of activity taking place at the Odyssey Community School.
When eight years passes between a musician’s albums, it’s natural to wonder what he’s been up to during that time. For Asheville songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Chris Rosser, however, it’s almost easier to diagram what he hasn’t been doing. On top of steady solo gigs and collaborations, Rosser has stayed busy with percussionist River Guerguerian and […]
Empty Bowls is an international movement to end hunger and food insecurity, but the charity operates at a local level. Organizers will hold the annual Asheville fundraiser to benefit MANNA FoodBank on Sept. 15.
Twice monthly, my blog 30 Days Out spotlights upcoming music shows and events of note, shining a light into some less well-lit corners, where some fascinating artists schedule performances. I do my best to give ample advance notice so that you can adjust your budget and calendar in a way that lets you get you […]
Xpress got to listen to an advance copy of Grooves for Odd Times by local percussionist River Guerguerian.
A host of local and visiting musicians — including Ben Sollee, Jay Sanders, Casey Driessen and River Guerguerian — spent the afternoon rehearsing and recording a collaborative song at Echo Mountain as part of the HATCH Festival. Xpress was there to bring you this preview.