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Free Planet Radio explores modern jazz on its fifth album
Free Planet Radio’s latest album still carries forth the sounds and textures that won the trio its dedicated following.
Asheville Percussion Festival focuses on local rhythms
The 8th annual Asheville Percussion Festival runs through Monday, July 1, with workshops, demos and concerts.
Free Planet Radio releases ‘Stillness’ with a local concert
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?”
Asheville Percussion Festival brings in female musicians from around the world
The seventh annual gathering of local and world-renowned percussionists features an all-female cast.
Local shamanic group taps into the sacred power of music
Three local musicians share an interest in helping people in the community explore the healing power of sound and music in workshops and retreats.
Sacred music retreat welcomes musicians and nonmusicians alike Dec. 8-10
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 […]
Jane Kramer, Free Planet Radio and Billy Cardine collaborate at The Altamont Theatre
Appalachian and world music collide when the Asheville singer-songwriter teams with the acclaimed trio and Acoustic Syndicate dobro player.
Asheville Percussion Festival creates community around rhythm
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.
Faces in the crowd: WNC crowdfunding initiatives
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.
Asheville Percussion Festival celebrates five years
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.
Free Planet Radio shares the sounds of many cultures
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.
Conscious party: Billy Jonas Band’s benefit concert for Kids4Peace
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.
Smart bets: Free Planet Radio and The Opal String Quartet
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.
Smart bets: Joshua Messick with Acoustic Storm
White Horse Black Mountain hosts the new quartet’s debut on Friday, July 25, at 8 p.m.
Asheville Percussion Festival and Make Music Asheville host handpan artist Adam Maalouf and ‘kalimba man’ Kevin Spears
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.
Smart bets: Asheville Percussion Festival
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.
Prolific producer Chris Rosser takes time for first solo album in eight years
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 […]
1,000 handmade bowls to help end hunger
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.
30 Days Out
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 […]
Sound Track web extra: River Guerguerian
Xpress got to listen to an advance copy of Grooves for Odd Times by local percussionist River Guerguerian.