Keith Terry

Keith Terry is a percussionist/rhythm-dancer/educator whose artistic vision has straddled the line between music and dance for more than three decades. As a soloist, he has appeared in such settings as Lincoln Center, Bumbershoot, NPR’s All Things Considered, 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, 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, Kenny Endo, Freddie Hubbard, Tex Williams, Robin Williams, and Bobby McFerrin. As a producer he has released 5 CDs and 3 DVDs on 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 with artists from Turkey, Finland, Spain, Austria, and the U.S. 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. Terry is the recipient of a 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Artistic Director of the First International Body Music Festival, which took place December, 2008 in Oakland and San Francisco, featuring artists from Brazil, Turkey, the Arctic, France, Canada, Bali, and the U.S. The second IBMF is scheduled for December 2009.