Rhythm! Discovery Center

Rhythm! Discovery Center A creative vision of the Percussive Arts Society, Rhythm! is dedicated to advancing the understanding of percussion and its role in world cultures through interactive educational experiences.
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The Rhythm! Discovery Center is the world’s foremost percussion museum - a creative vision of the Percussive Arts Society. It provides innovative programs, interactive, standards-based educational exhibits, and artist performances. Drawing upon cultures from around the world, Rhythm! offers a unique, engaging experience to explore the universality of rhythm and percussion and its role in shaping communication, music, art, performance and society. While walking through the visually captivating exhibits, guests are invited to fulfill their dreams of being a percussionist!

Mission: Rhythm! Discovery Center is dedicated to advancing the understanding of percussion and its role in world cultures through interactive educational experiences.

Looking for something to do this weekend?Join us at the Indy Convention Center at 5:30pm on Saturday, November 16th, to ...
11/11/2019

Looking for something to do this weekend?
Join us at the Indy Convention Center at 5:30pm on Saturday, November 16th, to see Michel Camilo Trio for the Closing Night Concert at PASIC 2019. Tickets are ONLY $20 each!

To purchase tickets click below ➡️pasic.org/michelcamilo

Rhythm Discovery Day is only one week away! 🥁This all-ages, FREE event is full of fun, interactive drumming, rhythm work...
11/10/2019

Rhythm Discovery Day is only one week away! 🥁

This all-ages, FREE event is full of fun, interactive drumming, rhythm workshops, and will end with a GIANT drum circle! Join us at PASIC19 in the Indy Convention Center on Saturday, November 16th.

To register click here ⬇️ https://percussivearts.tfaforms.net/4728521

Join Indianapolis Public Schools for the 6th Annual Showcase of Schools on November 10th! Spend the weekend getting to k...
11/09/2019

Join Indianapolis Public Schools for the 6th Annual Showcase of Schools on November 10th! Spend the weekend getting to know more about IPS and our community.

Like to dance? 💃Check out the Latin Dance Party at The Jazz Kitchen on Thursday, November 14th. The party goes from 8 pm...
11/09/2019

Like to dance? 💃

Check out the Latin Dance Party at The Jazz Kitchen on Thursday, November 14th. The party goes from 8 pm- 2 am. Bring your dancing shoes!

@TheJazzKitchen
For more information ➡️https://www.thejazzkitchen.com/

Come join us at the Indy Convention Center at 8:00pm on Wednesday, November 13th, to see Nate Smith + KINFOLK perform fo...
11/08/2019

Come join us at the Indy Convention Center at 8:00pm on Wednesday, November 13th, to see Nate Smith + KINFOLK perform for the Opening Night Concert at PASIC 2019! Tickets are ONLY $20 each.

For more information and to purchase tickets click below ➡️http://ow.ly/6YZO50x5T5z

Check out the 6th annual IPS Showcase of Schools THIS Sunday on November 10th! This is the perfect chance to discover mo...
11/07/2019

Check out the 6th annual IPS Showcase of Schools THIS Sunday on November 10th! This is the perfect chance to discover more about IPS and the possibilities within our community.

10/03/2019

Rhythm Discovery Center will be closing at 1 pm, this Friday, for a private event.

10/02/2019

Hey R!DC Fans,
The museum will be closing at 4 pm tomorrow.
Thank you for your understanding!

R!DC will be closing at 2 pm, today, for the Rhythm! After Hours event. If you'd like to join us tonight you can still p...
09/18/2019
Rhythm! After Hours

R!DC will be closing at 2 pm, today, for the Rhythm! After Hours event.

If you'd like to join us tonight you can still purchase tickets!

https://rhythmdiscoverycenter.myshopify.com/products/after-hours?fbclid=IwAR2dTfPm-HiiCrjSnGV97etxMgWvu0Zb99znwNQDDj2qwCShLA8xOwAWMvQ

Join us at 6:00pm on Wednesday, September 18, as Kenny Aronoff - one of the world’s most influential and in-demand drummers and percussionists - comes to Rhythm! Discovery Center. Guests will enjoy a private performance, interview, and Q & A session with Kenny, as well as the opportunity to ex...

Great article by our friends at Classical Music Indy! Make sure to visit the Timpani Through Time exhibit at RDC! Listen...
09/17/2019
The Quest for the Perfect Timpani

Great article by our friends at Classical Music Indy! Make sure to visit the Timpani Through Time exhibit at RDC! Listen and learn as Rebecca Kite and Barbara Allen share stories about making timpani in the 1980s.

In the early 1980s two enterprising women set out to design and build the perfect timpani. Rebecca Kite and Barbara Allen met when both were graduate students at Indiana University (IU), Bloomington. They believed that they could improve upon timpani and achieve the purest possible sound. “Our goa...

FREE admission with a FREE performance?You heard correctly!Museum Day is an annual celebration hosted by the Smithsonian...
09/16/2019

FREE admission with a FREE performance?
You heard correctly!

Museum Day is an annual celebration hosted by the Smithsonian magazine. This year is the Smithsonian Year of Music!

So what better way to celebrate than by visiting R!DC where you can make your own music and also see various talented performers such as Clint Breeze, Camila Mennitte, Cassius Goens III, and Tom Lageveen?

Click on the link below to receive your free tickets:
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/venues/museum/rhythm-discovery-center/?fbclid=IwAR1AvBRfnUII8pJ_SOW21MGKKclOpd6z4MOHPKrHKRhTTbFQ0z8VeJiQaQU

This week's "Behind The Glass" Highlight is the Harry A. Bower Snare Drum. Harry A. Bower was a member of the Boston Sym...
09/09/2019

This week's "Behind The Glass" Highlight is the Harry A. Bower Snare Drum.

Harry A. Bower was a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and performed throughout the United States as touring theatrical performer.

Bower's purpose for this structure was to have a snare mechanism that was completely independent of the drum shell. He holds several patents on the construction of drums and percussion instruments, four of which are used on this remarkable snare drum.
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#percussion #history #drum #drummer #museum #music #collection

09/09/2019
Skyfall Steel Orchestra

Will you be here for Museum Day?
September 21, 2019.
Use the link below to download your tickets for FREE admission into R!DC for Museum Day. Not only will this ticket give you free admission into the museum; it will also include admittance to three live performances.

LINK for free admission:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/museum-day-2019/rhythm-discovery-center/tickets/

Here is a preview of one of our performers, a steel pan group, known as Skyfall Steel Orchestra.

Skyfall Steel Orchestra playing Eleanor Rigby

This week's "Behind The Glass" Highlight is this beautiful Dahina. The Dahina is usually paired with a larger drum, Baya...
09/02/2019

This week's "Behind The Glass" Highlight is this beautiful Dahina.

The Dahina is usually paired with a larger drum, Bayan. These two make up the famous North Indian percussion instrument known as Tabla, which is part of an ancient rhythmic tradition.
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#Indian #India #percussion #instruments #drum #RDC #Museum #collection

This week's "Behind the Glass" Highlight is this music box often referred to as a Zen Rain Box!What's not shown are the ...
08/19/2019

This week's "Behind the Glass" Highlight is this music box often referred to as a Zen Rain Box!

What's not shown are the several hundreds of steel pellets within the box. When the box is inverted, the pellets stick to the adhesive strips located at the top of the box. Eventually, the pellets detach from the adhesive and fall, striking the finger cymbals, sides, and bottom of the box on their way down thus producing a soothing imitation of falling rain. 🌧️☔
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#RDC #museum #collection #picoftheday #percussion #instruments #zen

08/14/2019
Rodina, by Tom Benko

Join us Saturday, August 17th for a pair of unique performances from Chicago drummer and educator Tom Benko. He will be playing two sets, one at 11 AM with another at 2 PM at R!DC.

Click the link, below, to check out Tom's first solo album, 'Rodina'! This solo electro-acoustic percussion album explores ambience and curated peculiarity.

https://tombenko.bandcamp.com/releases

5 track album

This week's  "Behind The Glass"  highlight is this 1924 Ludwig & Ludwig bass drum pedal, with cymbal striker. It was ori...
08/12/2019

This week's "Behind The Glass" highlight is this 1924 Ludwig & Ludwig bass drum pedal, with cymbal striker.
It was originally owned by Fletcher Henderson, who was extremely important in early jazz as a leader of the first great jazz big band!
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He led the most commercially successful African-American Jazz bands of the 1920s and worked with notable musicians such as Louis Armstrong and Coleman Hawkins.
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#percussion #Jazz #drums #PAS #RDC #picoftheday

Join us, this Saturday, for a free performance of "Strange and Sacred Noise" composed by John Luther Adams & performed b...
08/02/2019

Join us, this Saturday, for a free performance of "Strange and Sacred Noise" composed by John Luther Adams & performed by Aaron Butler, Corey Denham, Parker James, and Ryan Garrett.

To read more about this piece click the link below.

http://johnlutheradams.net/strange-and-sacred-noise-essay/
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#indianapolis #indiana #music #percussion #percussionists #RDC

This extraordinary set belonged to a performer/teacher who was known as the 'Dean of Percussion' by many of his students...
07/29/2019

This extraordinary set belonged to a performer/teacher who was known as the 'Dean of Percussion' by many of his students.

The set includes four Chinese tom-toms, a pair of copper-shell timbales, a 'snowshoe' pedal, numerous woodblocks, cowbells, temple blocks, triangles, and cymbals.

It also features a unique, double bass drum pedal that allowed the drummer to play just the bass drum or both the bass drum and the vertically attached cymbal.

R!DC fans, do you know who this set belonged to?
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#RDC #behindtheglass #collections #PAS #halloffame #percussionists #drums #drummer #indianapolis

Tom Benko is a wildly active drummer in Chicago. He performs regularly with the Blue Man Group at Briar Street Theater w...
07/26/2019

Tom Benko is a wildly active drummer in Chicago. He performs regularly with the Blue Man Group at Briar Street Theater where he also serves as an educator for incoming cast members.

Apart from his solo work, Tom also plays with Kevin Presbrey, Minor Characters, and Clocktower Duo.

Tom will be playing two sets at R!DC. See you there!
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#RDC #indymusic #indianapolis #percussion

Strange and Sacred Noise is a piece for percussion quartet that reflects on the oscillating episodes of stillness and vi...
07/25/2019

Strange and Sacred Noise is a piece for percussion quartet that reflects on the oscillating episodes of stillness and violence in nature.

Come join us at this free performance performed by Aaron Butler, Corey Denham, Parker James, and Ryan Garrett.
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#RDC #indianapolis #indiana #indymusic #percussion

Percussionists, what do you know about Luigi Paulino Alfredo Francesco Antonio Balassoni❓This month would have been the ...
07/25/2019

Percussionists, what do you know about Luigi Paulino Alfredo Francesco Antonio Balassoni❓

This month would have been the 95th birthday of drum legend, Louie Bellson, who was born on July 6, 1924.🎉

At 16, Bellson won the national Gene Krupa drumming contest. His kit is currently displayed next to Krupa's, at R!DC. 🥁
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#RDC #indianapolis #percussion #percussionists #drums #PAS #halloffame

This Javanese Gender is a small-range metallophone with six bronze bars suspended over bamboo resonators. The ornate res...
07/22/2019

This Javanese Gender is a small-range metallophone with six bronze bars suspended over bamboo resonators.

The ornate resonator panel is decorated with the Buddhist figure, Vajradhara, the thunderbolt bearer. He is seated in lotus position, with crossed arms, holding the vajra (thunderbolt) and ghanta (bell).

What is your favorite piece at RDC?

#rhythm #percussion #instruments #percussivearts #indianapolis #museum #java #music

Think it is easy to play the Crash Cymbal part to the #StarSpangledBanner? Come celebrate #July4th with us and try your ...
07/03/2019

Think it is easy to play the Crash Cymbal part to the #StarSpangledBanner? Come celebrate #July4th with us and try your luck! We are open 10:00am - 5:00pm.

http://rhythmdiscoverycenter.org/

06/12/2019
Bell Plate Thesis Preview

Triangulus will perform on some of their own incredible hand made instruments on Saturday. Join us to see and hear something you haven't before!
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Sat, June 15. Performances at 11 AM and 2 PM. Free with admission!
Double Header: Thor Harris and Triangulus

Here is a brief excerpt of material I wrote for my upcoming senior thesis composition recital. These bell plates range from C3 to C7 and were cut, tuned, and...

Thor Harris -- Musician, Painter, Writer, Plumber & Carpenter -- Check out this thought-provoking artist during next wee...
06/06/2019
Percussionist Thor Harris is about to stuff a bunch of wooden boxes with music as part of his Joyful Noise 2019 residency

Thor Harris -- Musician, Painter, Writer, Plumber & Carpenter -- Check out this thought-provoking artist during next week's Saturday Programs!
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Sat, June 15. Performances at 11 AM and 2 PM. Free with admission! Double Header: Thor Harris and Triangulus

Multitalented instrumentalist Thor Harris — former percussionist and woodwind player for Swans; close collaborator with Xiu Xiu, Bill Callahan, Shearwater, and Amanda Palmer (to name a few); AND a one-time candidate for governor in Texas — has announced that he will be Joyful Noise’s Artist In...

05/29/2019

Our summer hours have begun 😎 - we're open until 7 PM every Wednesday. See you soon!

It's finally here - the weekend we've all been waiting for! Sending Will Power (official) rockstar vibes as he participa...
05/24/2019

It's finally here - the weekend we've all been waiting for! Sending Will Power (official) rockstar vibes as he participates in the 103rd running of the #Indy500! #ThisIsMay

Will Power (official) wants YOU to head over to the Rhythm! Discovery Center and see what the museum has to offer! #Indy...
05/16/2019

Will Power (official) wants YOU to head over to the Rhythm! Discovery Center and see what the museum has to offer! #Indy500 #ThisIsMay

Rhythm! Discovery Center
05/02/2019

Rhythm! Discovery Center

Come on over to the Rhythm! Discovery Center and check out this signed drum head by the 2018 #Indy500 champion, Will Pow...
05/02/2019

Come on over to the Rhythm! Discovery Center and check out this signed drum head by the 2018 #Indy500 champion, Will Power (official)! 🏎️💨 #ThisIsMay

Today we had the opportunity to hear Hannah Carlson explain and play a wide ranging program of snare drum music.
04/06/2019

Today we had the opportunity to hear Hannah Carlson explain and play a wide ranging program of snare drum music.

Tomorrow we will be hosting Hannah Carlson for performances at 11 and 2!
04/05/2019

Tomorrow we will be hosting Hannah Carlson for performances at 11 and 2!

Spend your break with RDC! Open every day for Spring Break over the next two weeks! 🥁
03/25/2019

Spend your break with RDC! Open every day for Spring Break over the next two weeks! 🥁

03/23/2019

The IUPUI Percussion Ensemble is live today!

03/22/2019

This Saturday we will be hosting the IUPUI Steel Band at 11AM and 2PM. Access to this performance and all Saturday programs are included with admission!

Our friend Dick Wolfsie from WISH-TV recently stopped by our musical playground 😎. Check out his segments on our new exh...
03/20/2019
Dick Wolfsie visits the Rhythm Discovery Center

Our friend Dick Wolfsie from WISH-TV recently stopped by our musical playground 😎. Check out his segments on our new exhibits and some of our favorite artifacts! 🖥👀

This time Dick stopped by the Rhythm Discovery Center.

02/07/2019

Due to storms in the area, the Rhythm! Discovery Center phones are currently down. We apologize for the inconvenience.

We were thrilled to host the 2019 #Indy500 ticket unveiling yesterday here at the Rhythm! Discovery Center! 2018 champio...
01/29/2019

We were thrilled to host the 2019 #Indy500 ticket unveiling yesterday here at the Rhythm! Discovery Center! 2018 champion, Will Power (official), was in the house and treated us to a great jam session with High Octane Entertainment! 🥁

#isitmayyet Indianapolis Motor Speedway

01/28/2019

The museum is closed TODAY (Monday, January 28) for a private event. Thank you for your understanding - we hope you visit again soon! Normal hours will resume Wednesday, January 30.

The museum will be closed TOMORROW (Monday, January 28) for a private event. Click below to learn more about hosting you...
01/27/2019
Venue Rental | Rhythm! Discovery Center

The museum will be closed TOMORROW (Monday, January 28) for a private event. Click below to learn more about hosting your own private event at Rhythm! Discovery Center.

Rent Rhythm! for your Private Event    As one of Downtown Indianapolis' most unique event venues, Rhythm! Discovery Center is the perfect space for corporate, social, wedding, and charitable events.   Contact For pricing and additional information, contact Elizabeth Quay at [email protected] or call...

12/31/2018

We are closed today, Monday Dec. 31st due to unexpected maintenance issues. We will reopen at 10 AM on January 2nd. Happy New Year!

12/30/2018

Dear visitors, we are closing early today, December 30th, and are remaining closed until January 2nd, 2019 due to unexpected maintenance issues. We apologize for any inconvenience.

12/24/2018

Happy Holidays! We are closed today and tomorrow. See you Wednesday!

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Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 12:00 - 17:00

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