Music you can SEE and dance you can HEAR: International Body Music Festival Artists Visit New England for the First Time

November 11, 2013

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Music you can SEE and dance you can HEAR: International Body Music Festival Artists Visit New England for the First Time

Public events at Wellesley College, November 16 – 20, 2013

Wellesley, Mass., (November 11, 2013) – All over the world, people express themselves through snapping, clapping, stepping, and stomping, creating music on the world’s oldest instrument: the human body. The International Body Music Festival celebrates contemporary and traditional body music and, for the first time, audiences in New England can experience this unique musical and dance experience when artists from the Festival visit Wellesley College November 16 -20.

The International Body Music Festival, founded by Artistic Director Keith Terry and Assistant Director Evie Ladin, is a project of Crosspulse, an Oakland, California-based non-profit dedicated to the performance, recording and education of cross-cultural rhythmic arts.

“Performances juxtapose and blend traditions from around the globe, with expressions as varied as they are mind-blowing,” said Isabel Fine, Concert Manager at Wellesley College. “Audiences can expect to be treated to a diversity of sounds and movements that are subtle and intricate, dynamic and riveting, traditional and totally new, and bathed with the professionalism, virtuosity, humor and spontaneity that reflects Keith Terry's genius, his skill in orchestrating all of this, and the genius of the artists he has gathered.”

The 2013 Festival brings ten artists from Brazil, Bali, Spain, and the United States to Wellesley College for a weeklong residency. “Body Music will broaden our sense of what music is,” said Marion Dry, Director of the Music Performance Program at Wellesley College. “We hope that at the end of the week our students will be able to go back to their own musical endeavors with new approaches to making music and added excitement, too.”

The visit includes many performances and events that are open to the public; a full list of these events is included below. In addition to events taking place at Wellesley College, there will also be a performance on Tuesday evening, November 19, at the Berklee Performance Center, Berklee College of Music.

Schedule of Public Events

Body Music in Boston: Opening Concert at Wellesley
Saturday, November 16, 7:30pm, Reception to follow
Wellesley College, Jewett Auditorium

Free and open to the public. Reservations recommended to
A touring concert of traditional and contemporary Body Music from around the globe, this evening includes 10 artists from the 2013 International Body Music Festival, in New England for the very first time.

PUBLIC WORKSHOP: Body Music: Interactive!
Sunday, November 17, 12:00-2:00pm
Wellesley College, Alumnae Hall Ballroom

Free for Wellesley College Faculty, Staff and Students; Public $5-15 suggested donation
Delve into the various genres of Body Music represented by Body Music pioneer Keith Terry and artists from the 6th International Body Music Festival.                                                                                

FAMILY SHOW: Body Music: for All Ages
Sunday, November 17, 3:00pm
Jewett Auditorium, 106 Central Street, Wellesley

Suggested donation, $3-5 per person; Reservations recommended,
A lively hour of body music designed to delight all ages!

Body Music in Boston: Closing Concert at Berklee
Tuesday, November 19, 8:15pm
Berklee Performance Center,
136 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston
Question and Answer session following the performance; Tickets $8 advance/12 day-of,

Body Music: Epilogue, Midday Muse
Wednesday, November 20, 12:30-2pm

Wellesley College, Jewett Auditorium, 106 Central Street, Wellesley
Free and open to the public. Reservations recommended,

Learn more deeply about the traditions, the artists, and the innovations. See demonstrations, and reflect on the festival’s first week ever in Boston!

Reservations for events taking place in Wellesley’s Jewett Auditorium are suggested, as space is limited. Free public parking for events at Wellesley College is available in Wellesley’s Davis Parking Facility, 106 Central Street, Wellesley, Mass. Campus is also accessible via the MBTA.

Groups participating in the 2013 International Body Music Festival include Çudamani (Bali), Barbatuques (Brazil), Corposonic (California, United States), A Mano Limpia (Canary Islands, Spain) and Danny "Slapjazz" Barber (California, United States). Body Music is presented as part of the Wellesley College Concert Series. The Concert Series began in 1876, and each year brings world-class performers to campus, complementing the department's academic offerings and augmenting the cultural life of the College and surrounding community. 

About Wellesley College

Since 1875, Wellesley College has been the preeminent liberal arts college for women. Known for its intellectual rigor and its remarkable track record for the cultivation of women leaders in every arena, Wellesley—only 12 miles from Boston—is home to some 2300 undergraduates from every state and 75 countries.

Press Contacts

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Anne Yu, Wellesley College, 781-283-3201,