Keith Terry & Crosspulse


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About

Keith Terry is a percussionist/rhythm-dancer/educator whose artistic vision has straddled the line between music and dance for more than four decades.  As a soloist he has appeared in such settings as Lincoln Center, Bumbershoot, NPR’s All Things Considered, PRI's The World, the Vienna International Dance Festival, and the Paradiso van Slag World ...

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Publicist
Samantha Brickler
812-339-1195

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  • 10/27/201511/19/2015
  • Berkeley, CA

International Body Music MiniFest: Three days of Workshops, In-school Assemblies and Concert.

When Oakland-based Crosspulse’s International Body Music Festival (IBMF) travels internationally, Artistic Director Keith Terry always brings a MiniFest to our home communities.  2015 saw the full festival in Bali, Indonesia – catch a glimpse of that experience here: http://www.internationalbodymusicfestival.com/index.html 
 
November 19-21 IBMF MiniFest features Las Vegas based stepping and hip hop company MOLODI in the East Bay for a Concert & Workshops at the...

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  • San Jose Mercury News, Feature story, 11/20/2015, The body as music: Keith Terry's unique festival comes to Berkeley Nov. 21 Text
  • Here and Now, Feature story, 11/18/2013, Keith Terry on NPR's Here and Now
  • The Bali Times, Feature story, 05/07/2015, Keith Terry: Body Music from the Inside Text
  • Bali Discovery Tours, Concert preview, 04/28/2015, The Balinese Body Electric 7th International Body Music Festival (IBMF) in Bali, Indonesia July 3-12, 2015 Text
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11/19/2015, Berkeley, CA, International Body Music MiniFest
10/27/201511/19/2015, International Body Music MiniFest: Three days of Workshops, In-school Assemblies and Concert.
Event
11/19/2015
Event
11/19/2015
Venue
International Body Music MiniFest
Venue St. Address
2020 Addison Street
Venue City, State
Berkeley, CA
Venue Zip
94704
Ticket Phone
(510) 644-2020
Event Notes
November 19-21: Three days of Workshops, In-school Assemblies and Concert
November 19-21 IBMF MiniFest features Las Vegas based stepping and hip hop company MOLODI in the East Bay for a Concert & Workshops at the Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, Saturday Nov 21, and two days of in-school programs in Oakland and Berkeley. MORE» More»
When Oakland-based Crosspulse’s International Body Music Festival (IBMF) travels internationally, Artistic Director Keith Terry always brings a MiniFest to our home communities.  2015 saw the full festival in Bali, Indonesia – catch a glimpse of that experience here: http://www.internationalbodymusicfestival.com/index.html 
 
November 19-21 IBMF MiniFest features Las Vegas based stepping and hip hop company MOLODI in the East Bay for a Concert & Workshops at the Freight & Salvage, Berkeley, Saturday Nov 21, and two days of in-school programs in Oakland and Berkeley. Other acts include The Dynamic Miss Faye Carol (a singer with the Corposonic Trio), Kitko (a Balkan Choir), and The Thieves (a Contemporary Dance troupe).
 
From tundra to tropics, people snap, clap, step and sing artful music. BODY MUSIC ignites audiences with music you can SEE, dance you can HEAR - it's the oldest music on the planet, and it's brand new. Founded in 2008, the International Body Music Festival is the only gathering of its kind, featuring traditional and contemporary Body Music artists from across the globe. The IBMF has been produced in the San Francisco Bay Area 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2013.  Every other year the festival travels overseas with international partners: Brazil, Turkey, Indonesia, Italy, and 2016 Paris!
 
Mr. Terry and his colleagues in action is like visiting an ANATOMICAL CARNIVAL, where hands, feet, fingers, bellies, rumps and mouths engage in an endless MUSICAL BALLET.
— Wall Street Journal 
 
The risers shook as the crowd stomped euphoric approval.
— San Francisco Chronicle 
Event
11/19/2015

11/04/2015, Loops of Experience: How Long Creative Cycles are Key to Cross-Cultural Creation
11/04/201511/04/2015, Loops of Experience: How Long Creative Cycles are Key to Cross-Cultural Creation
Announcement
11/04/2015
Announcement
11/04/2015
Body Musician Keith Terry will be the first to tell you: Collaborations across cultures can’t happen in a week or month. He will be bringing his work with Body Musicians from Spain, France, Cuba, Greece, and the US to the 2016 IBMF in Paris, before coming to the States in 2017. MORE» More»

Body Musician Keith Terry will be the first to tell you: Collaborations across cultures can’t happen in a week or month, without feeling like a mere play of surfaces, like something slapdash, and hoc. They demand time. It takes years, decades for collaborators to find their way through the thicket of cultural details, to make new meaning together. Elder artists have the distinct advantage, especially those who keep returning to that touchstone of imagination, who keep building relationships. Who circle back in long creative cycles.

Extended cycles have defined Terry’s diverse, looping engagement with how movement, music, and rhythm entwine across cultures. His own career has circled back repeatedly, always with fresh perspective and deeper understanding, in ever-richer collaboration and dialog with artists from elsewhere.

From his start in jazz drumming and later in tap, Texas-born, Bay Area-based Terry has embraced the rhythms of Bali, Brazil, West Africa, and southern Europe, bringing together a growing community of like-minded artists from across the globe who dance music and make gesture sonic. He’s created his own style, Body Music, which he has taught, performed at major festivals and venues around the globe, and refined over decades, most frequently as a solo performer. His achievements won him a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2008, the first time an artist of his kind was chosen as a fellow.

Yet it is Terry’s profound and long-lasting collaborative, cross-cultural efforts with co-creators from Bali to Brazil, the great loops in his art that point to his uniqueness as an artist. Terry first heard the gamelan at a rehearsal in Berkeley, CA. He was transported. The gongs, punctuating long unfurling rhythmic cycles, had a powerful physical presence he had never felt when simply listening to the music on LP. “The big gongs move air, in a way you can’t capture on a recording,” he recalls. “It was a total body experience.” 

That first live experience of gamelan has repeated, amplified, for forty years. The music led Terry to kecak, a rhythmic chant and movement-based form that evolved in Bali’s village communities. He connected with I Wayan Dibia, a revered practitioner of kecak who created large-scale pieces for the stage based on the tradition. “It was a natural combination for both of us. The rhythms were compatible, as well as the movement. Kecak is performed in concentric circles, sometimes standing, mostly sitting. There are lots of hand and finger gestures, lots of choreography and synchronized group movement, even though kecak doesn’t move in space. I was drawn to that, how dynamic kecak is, both sonically and visually. I saw it as a part of Body Music.”

Flash forward forty years. After decades of work with Indonesian artists, Terry organized an edition of the International Body Music Festival—a moveable feast celebrating humanity’s oldest instrument that Terry founded in 2008. He and his long-time collaborator and friend I Wayan Dibia were putting together a huge ensemble to perform a variation on a traditional Balinese dance/music form called kecak.

In one village, Terry was asked to teach a few short phrases of movement to the assembled performers. He did so, but nothing seemed to click with the group. Then Terry let go, setting aside explicit instruction and considering how the village performers might best relate to the material. He focused on his intention, on the phrase itself. The performers began to synch up.

As they did, something extraordinary occurred. “I don’t know exactly what happened, but it was like lightning bolts, fire, sparks. Everyone was smiling, and many later told me they experienced the same thing,” reflects Terry. “The kecak locked, and it moved me. I felt deeply how connected I was to these people in this moment. “The intensity was like nothing before. The cycle had ended, booming like a gong.

It took decades to bring the work to fruition. “In effect, we worked for ten years, from 1980 to 1990, before we brought all the pieces and elements together. And that set of projects defined the scale of a great deal of my future work: I started doing big international collaborations in Bali and began bringing international artists to the States from Bali,” recounts Terry, sometimes uniting as many as a 100 performers. “Having the International Body Music Festival in Bali in this year brought this huge loop back around. This summer, when we had nearly a hundred performers from outside of Bali come to work together, I knew that this is a long cycle that has completed, a 35-year cycle.”

There are other cycles at play for an artist with decades of work behind him. Terry comes to collaborations with a different spirit now, happy to share his knowledge but striving to make space for new, unexpected voices. “I keep reminding myself that it’s natural for a younger artist to strive to take over,” Terry notes. “I want to encourage that because that’s how it works. But it’s also hard for me to let go. It’s a constant reminder I have to give myself. At some point, you need to step back and let things unfold.”

When your creative medium is your body, age affects you. Terry has traded youth’s flashy athleticism for effortless expressiveness—though he remains a remarkably dynamic performer and continues to tour. (He will be bringing his work with Body Musicians from Spain, France, Cuba, Greece, and the US to the 2016 IBMF in Paris, before coming to the States in 2017.)

“I feel my age at times. But I’ve been blessed with energy and I am a high-energy person. I’m not as athletic as I was, but there’s a distilling of the essence of the music, of the movement. I do less, but I have far more momentum, more behind what I do. I am in the tracks of the cart on the muddy road that was laid down over decades, if not centuries. I feel like I’m in those tracks now, enjoying them. I feel what came before.”

Announcement
11/04/2015

09/08/2015, International Body Music Festival Mini-Fest
09/08/201509/08/2015, International Body Music Festival Mini-Fest
Announcement
09/08/2015
Announcement
09/08/2015
International Body Music Festival Mini-Fest: Featuring MOLODI - Stepping and more from Las Vegas! Open-Mic, Workshops, and in Concert with other IBMF artists TBA More info TBA by the end of the week. MORE» More»

International Body Music Festival Mini-Fest: Featuring MOLODI - Stepping and more from Las Vegas! Open-Mic, Workshops, and in Concert with other IBMF artists TBA

More info TBA by the end of the week.

Announcement
09/08/2015

06/17/2015, Chant, Stomps, and Beatboxing: The International Body Music Festival Gives Musicians, Dancers, and Cultural Adventurers a Rare Chance to Explore Balinese Culture and Body Music from the Inside
06/17/201506/17/2015, Chant, Stomps, and Beatboxing: The International Body Music Festival Gives Musicians, Dancers, and Cultural Adventurers a Rare Chance to Explore Balinese Culture and Body Music from the Inside
Announcement
06/17/2015
Announcement
06/17/2015
Crosspulse presents the 7th International Body Music Festival (IBMF) in Bali, Indonesia, 3-12 July, 2015, co-directed by Keith Terry (IBMF founder) and I Wayan Dibia, with Executive Director Evie Ladin, and local producer Rucina Ballinger. MORE» More»

Crosspulse presents the 7th International Body Music Festival (IBMF) in Bali, Indonesia, 3-12 July, 2015, co-directed by Keith Terry (IBMF founder) and I Wayan Dibia, with Executive Director Evie Ladin, and local producer Rucina Ballinger.  IBMF will feature Balinese artists, plus international Body Music artists from the US, Canada, Brazil, Colombia, and Spain -- in concerts, workshops, cross-cultural collaborations, jam sessions, an open mic, and more.  The IBMF offers a unique immersion opportunity for the international participants to experience Balinese culture. The International Body Music Festival is co-sponsored by the Gianyar Regional Government and GEOKS.

Body Music - clapping, snapping, stepping and vocalizing - is an amalgam of composition and choreography, music you can see, dance you can hear. Ancient forms of embodied knowledge, the various Body Musics of the world contain kinesthetic “libraries” of memories and cultural heritage. The International Body Music Festival is both a culmination of Crosspulse’s 30 years developing Body Music as a communicative performance art and educational model; and a jumping off place for a powerful forum of cross-cultural rhythmic performance and community development.

IBMF Bali will explore a variety of styles of KECAK, as the international artists share their traditional and contemporary styles of Body Music with local Kecak groups in five villages in the regency of Gianyar:  Singapadu, Pengosekan, Bona, Bedulu and Tegallalang.  Workshops and performances in each village are open to the public.  The IBMF opening concert will be at the Bali Arts Festival in Denpasar on 3 July, 2015 and festivities will culminate in a 400 person COLLOSAL KECAK on 12 July, 2015 at the Open Stage in Gianyar town – specially commissioned by IBMF and directed by I Wayan Dibia.  Cultural excursions will provide the international participants with additional opportunities to see the roots of Balinese culture.

The International Body Music Festival has become the meeting ground for the various styles of global Body Music. Since 2008, the IBMF has traveled the world, from Brazil to Turkey and Italy, though every other year it returns to its home base of San Francisco.

The Festival is a moving hub for performers who engage with humanity’s first instrument: the body itself. The shushing of palms, the snapping of fingers, the stomping of feet, and the seemingly infinite potential of the throat and mouth have inspired people worldwide to create moving music, audible dance. Tap, stepping, hambone, flamenco, beatbox, every style that forefronts the sounds of bodies in motion. It’s the oldest music on the planet, and it’s brand new.

A featured performance throughout the 7th IBMF Bali will be Body Tjak, an on-going intercultural collaboration between Indonesians and North and South Americans that began in 1990. This current collaboration, which premiered at the 6th IBMF San Francisco, features members of Bali’s Cudamani, USA’s Corposonic, and Brazil’s Barbatuques, and will be the final installment of this special 25-year collaboration: the final gong in a very long rhythmic cycle.

The Body Tjak Project was founded in 1985 by Keith Terry and I Wayan Dibia, and resulted in their first full evening-length collaboration, performed in Bali, Java,  and the US in 1990.  Body Tjak has always included a mash up of Terry’s style of Body Music and Balinese Kecak, artistic ingredients that have borrowed by other Indonesian artists to create  other “Body Tjak kreasi baru” (new creations).

Keith Terry states “I’ve been collaborating with Balinese artists for more than three decades, and have always been particularly drawn to their Body Music style, Kecak. The interlocking vocal patterns, coupled with synchronized movement, story, humor, plus the incorporation of new ideas, specifically my own Body Music style, into the genre, has been a thrilling, ongoing intercultural collaboration.  The community celebrates the music and dance coming solely from the instrument we all share. It transcends cultural boundaries and provides in-roads to cross-cultural experience.”

This experience goes two ways.   Both the Kecak troupes and the international artists will have the opportunity to work with each other in a rare artistic exchange like no other.

Confirmed teachers/performers (more announced weekly on our website):

A Mano Limpia (SPAIN)
KoBaGi (BALI)
Molodi (USA)
Theatre A Tempo (CANADA)
Tupac Mantilla (COLOMBIA)
Yolanda Gonzalez Sobrado (SPAIN)
Bourask (CANADA)
Corposonic (USA)
Barbatuques (BRAZIL)
Pedro Consorte (BRAZIL)
Cudamani (BALI)
I Wayan Dibia (BALI)
Sanggar Paripurna (BALI)
KECAK Bedulu (BALI)
KECAK Singapadu (BALI)

Workshops by the international artists will be held at the Suly Resort and Spa in Peliatan, Ubud from July 3-10, 2015 in the mornings.   Each workshop costs Rp 50,000 for KTP holders and Rp 150,000 for others.   Performances in six villages (see www.internationalbodymusicfestival.com for details) will showcase both the local Kecak of that village as well as IBMF’s international artists.  These performances are free for KTP holders and Rp 150,000 for others.  All events are open to the public.

For further information, contact:  Rucina Ballinger
Rucina@internationalbodymusicfestival.com
081 238 05623

www.internationalbodymusicfestival.com.

Announcement
06/17/2015

06/15/2015, "Rhythm of Math"
04/21/201506/15/2015, Rhythm of Math: Teaching Mathematics With Body Music, the Groundbreaking Book and DVD
Release
06/15/2015
Release
06/15/2015
Release Title
Rhythm of Math
Distributor
Crosspulse Media
Suggested Retail Price
$39
Rhythm of Math motivates kids to think mathematically while having fun. Students learn essential math concepts by using their hands, feet and voices in a creative rhythmic experience that engages them mentally and physically. MORE» More»
Rhythm of Math motivates kids to think mathematically while having fun. Students learn essential math concepts by using their hands, feet and voices in a creative rhythmic experience that engages them mentally and physically.
Developed by Oakland-based Body Musician and Guggenheim Fellow, Crosspulse Artistic Director Keith Terry, and veteran San Francisco elementary school teacher and math visionary Linda Akiyama, Rhythm of Math is an integrated music and mathematics program based on Keith's "Body Music Rhythm Blocks" technique. The Rhythm Blocks are easy to learn, even for teachers and students with little or no music experience. They have certain mathematical qualities that make them ideal for learning properties of natural numbers, and they provide flexible ways of conceiving of multiplication and fractions, division, ratios, proportions, and measurement.
Rhythm of Math includes a 166-page book and 52-minute instructional DVD. Learn more and see sample pages HERE.
As a self-defined "Body Musician," Keith Terry uses the oldest musical instrument in the world -- the human body (his own) -- as the basis for exploring, blending and bending traditional and contemporary rhythmic, percussive and movement possibilities. Body Music uses clapping, stepping, and vocalizing to explore patterning and internalize rhythm.
In classroom-tested Rhythm of Math lessons, the enjoyment and challenge of playing and creating rhythms helps students learn mathematical concepts while experiencing the underlying structure of a wide range of musical patterns. Mathematics then becomes a creative tool that students use to compose their own rhythmic music. Exploring math concepts with rhythms engages the senses of touch, hearing, and sight as well as movement. Students feel and hear patterns as the number of beats are added, multiplied or divided.
Linda Akiyama has developed inventive, integrated arts and academic curriculum throughout her 25 years as a classroom and dance teacher at New Traditions, a creative arts public elementary school in San Francisco. As an Educational Outreach Specialist for Crosspulse and the International Body Music Festival, she has co-taught professional development workshops in Rhythm of Math for school districts, university teacher training programs, the HSC Homeschooling Conference, the Bay Area Math Project, and the general public. After years of study with Keith Terry and his Body Music methodology, Linda's vision of the Rhythm of Math brings this work directly into the classroom.
Keith Terry is a percussionist, rhythm dancer and educator whose artistic vision has straddled the line between music and dance for more than four decades. Touring in the Americas, Asia, and Europe, he presents highly acclaimed Body Music performances, workshops, residencies, and choreographic commissions. He is a prolific soloist as well as director of several ensembles, and his forte is collaboration, including performances with Charles "Honi" Coles, the Turtle Island Quartet, Bill Irwin, Evie Ladin, Barbatuques, Kenny Endo, and Bobby McFerrin.
Keith is the Executive Artistic Director of Crosspulse, a non-profit organization dedicated to the creation and performance of rhythm-based intercultural music and dance. He is the founder and director of the International Body Music Festival, an annual festival that explores the language of Body Music from cultures around the world.
From 1998 to 2005 Keith Terry was on the faculty at UCLA's Department of World Arts and Cultures, and in 2008 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. His CDs and DVDs (performance and instructional) are published by Crosspulse Media.
 
Release
06/15/2015