More About Keith Terry
WHAT IS BODY MUSIC?
Body Music, also known as Body Percussion and Body Drumming, is the oldest music on the planet. Before people were hollowing logs and slapping rocks, they were using their bodies to stomp, clap, sing, snap and grunt their musical ideas. There are many traditional Body Musics in the world, from African-American Hambone and Flamenco Palmas from Spain, to Sumatran Saman and Ethiopian Armpit music. Since 1978 Keith Terry has developed a contemporary style of Body Music based on his training as a jazz drummer, as well as his years of intensive study and collaboration with world rhythmic systems.
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 Drum Festival in Amsterdam. His groups – Slammin All-Body Band, Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble, Professor Terry’s Circus Band Extraordinaire, and Body Tjak (with I Wayan Dibia) – have performed in a variety of venues, including Joe’s Pub, WNYC, and Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors (NY); Grand Performances, LACMA Jazz, the Roxy, and the Skirball Center (LA); SFJazz, Vancouver Island MusicFest, and the Bali Arts Festival. In addition, Keith has performed with a wide range of artists including Charles “Honi” Coles, Turtle Island String Quartet, Jovino Santos Neto, Barbatuques, Gamelan Sekar Jaya, KeKeÇa, Kenny Endo, Freddie Hubbard, Tex Williams, Robin Williams, and Bobby McFerrin. As a producer he has released 6 CDs and 4 DVDs on Crosspulse Media.
Keith tours extensively in the Americas, Asia, and Europe, where his Body Music performances, workshops, residencies and choreographic commissions are popular among professional performers and educators. From 1998 to 2005 Keith was on the faculty at UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures, where he designed and taught a dozen courses on the relationship of music and dance; deep listening; synchronicity, time, and timing; and intercultural communication in the arts. In 2006 he conceived and directed the first International Body Music Performance Project for the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria. In 2010 Keith was on the Dance Program faculty at UC Berkeley.
Keith Terry is the founding Artistic Director of the International Body Music Festival (IBMF). Launched in 2008, this annual, six day festival explores the language of body music from culture to culture and has been produced in the US, Brazil and Turkey. In 2010 Keith directed and performed in IBMF’s “Americas” concert for the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival in New York. Keith is a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow, as well as the Founding Director of Crosspulse, a 36 year-old, Oakland, CA –based, non-profit organization dedicated to the creation and performance of rhythm-based intercultural music and dance.
Check out his personal website at www.crosspulse.com.