BIOGRAPHY 222 words
Crosspulse and the International Body Music Festival (IBMF) present BODY MUSIC — a touring concert of traditional and contemporary Body Music artists from around the globe. This "genre" of music is widely successful in the International Body Music Festival format and the leaders of that festival have now joined forces to create a touring concert version of the festival – BODY MUSIC. From tundra to tropics, people snap, clap, step and sing artful 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. BODY MUSIC ignites audiences with music you can SEE, dance you can HEAR. Kecak, African-American Hambone, Flamenco Palmas and Zapateo, Sumatran Saman, Stepping, Throat-singing, Beatbox and much more — it's the oldest music on the planet, and it's brand new.
Keith Terry (Oakland, US), pioneer in contemporary Body Music and Artistic Director of Crosspulse and the IBMF assembles an international cast of virtuosic performers: LeeLa Petronio (Paris, France) Director of Hip Tap Project and member of STOMP; Jep Meléndez (Las Canariás, Spain) and Raul Cabrera (Havana, Cuba) of Cambuyón, recently seen at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and in a sold-out three-week run in New York City; Thanos Daskalopolous (Athens, Greece) director of TapMotif; Evie Ladin (Oakland, US) clogger and director of MoToR/dance; and Bryan Dyer (Oakland, US) vocalist with Linda Tillery, SoVoSo. The 2015-17 BODY MUSIC program is a dynamic and deeply visceral cross-cultural conversation.
The artists of Body Music can provide a strong Educational Outreach program in conjunction with performances, understanding that using Body Music to access rhythm, time and timing, ensemble awareness, and intercultural communication is not only extremely effective, but available to all people, providing useful, and fun, skills.
BODY MUSIC and The International Body Music Festival are projects of Crosspulse, an Oakland, California-based non-profit arts organization dedicated to the creation, performing, education and recording of cross-cultural rhythmic arts, since 1979 www.crosspulse.com
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