In body music, barriers to entry dont exist. You got a body? Done. Technique is wide open; clapping works, so does playing drums to Rushs Tom Sawyer by hitting your steering wheel. Get someone like Keith Terry in the car, however, and youll quickly slide your instruments into your pockets. Terry is the leading practitioner and visionary of the form, a man who uses all parts of his body, toes to head, to create diverse melodies it involves dancing around quite a bit, so you can also call him a rhythm dancer. He tours and collaborates internationally, but best of all he likes to teach, and much this weeks International Body Music Festival is given over to workshops with Terry and many of his peers. The fest also includes one Berkeley concert and two S.F. ones, which feature the stepping of Step Afrika!, the stomping of Las Flamencas, the luau chest-pound of the Manuia Polynesian Revue, the hip tap of LeeLa Petronio, the beat boxing of Kenny Muhammad, whatever it is Terry decides to do, and more.
Dec. 5-6, 2009