The ensemble's success can be attributed mainly to its core members (Terry, Tacuma King, Kelly Orphan, Edgardo Cambón, Jackeline Rago), who have each extensively studied African and Latin American grooves. The band also frequently welcomes outside singers and percussionists into the fold, including lovely vocalist/guitarist Claudia Gómez, a cappella sensation Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir, and the renowned Gamelan Sekar Jaya. Under Terry's leadership, found objects and so-called body music are also integrated into the mix: Crosspulse's stage show includes congas, djembes, maracas, and other familiar ethnic beat-makers, as well as musical bubble wrap, hedge clippers, and slapped torsos. Crosspulse's definition of world music clearly knows no borders.
-- Sam Prestianni
Crosspulse performs on Wednesday, June 2, at 8 p.m. at the Freight & Salvage, 1111 Addison, Berkeley. Tickets are $14.50; call (510) 548-1761.