Keith Terry

Body Music Rhythm Studio – an interactive rhythmic event

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 and Morning Edition, 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, Grand Performances, LACMA Jazz, the Roxy, and the Skirball Center (LA), SFJazz, Vancouver Island MusicFest, Woodford Festival in Australia, and the Bali Arts Festival.  In addition, Keith has performed with a wide range of artists including Charles “Honi” Coles, Turtle Island String Quartet, Bill Irwin, Jovino Santos Neto, Barbatuques, Gamelan Sekar Jaya, Kenny Endo, Freddie Hubbard, Tex Williams, Robin Williams, and Bobby McFerrin.  As a producer he has created 5 CDs and 4 DVDs for Crosspulse Media.

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.  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.

Keith Terry is the recipient of a 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship and the Founding Director of Crosspulse, a 32-year old Oakland, CA-based arts organization dedicated to rhythm-based intercultural music and dance.  Keith is also the Founding/Artistic Director of the Crosspulse project, the International Body Music Festival, an annual 6-day Festival which explores the language of body music from culture to culture, now in its fifth year. www.crosspulse.com  and http://www.internationalbodymusicfestival.com