International Body Music Festival (Beden Müziği Festıvaliı)

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Country and Region TurkeyIstanbul Province
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Istanbul, Istanbul Province, Turkey
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Festival Description

Hambone—Gumboot—Palmas—Kecak. From the tundra to the tropics, people can’t resist the urge to snap, clap, step, slap, holler, and sing artful music. This universal resonator—our bodies—and its myriad global sounds have ignited audiences at the International Body Music Festival. The festival began in San Francisco and Oakland, and now takes place in São Paulo, Brazil. The festival features body musicians performing traditional and contemporary pieces from the USA, Brazil, Indonesia, Turkey, Canada’s Arctic, and other popping, stomping, humming corners of the world. Ticket information is available at Along with presenting world-premiere pieces and debuts, the Festival will reach out to educators and young people via workshops; to families with a kid-friendly matinee; and to aspiring body musicians with what might just be the world’s first body music open mic.

Festival Dates October 9 - 14, 2012
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Body music pioneer and Festival director Keith Terry’s vision of a global musical shindig goes beyond trading rhythms or belly-slap techniques. It’s about a cross-cultural conversation touching that visceral place that only the world’s oldest instrument can reach, as Terry was reminded recently while directing a workshop. “I was teaching a rhythm that involved touching the chest and then snapping, stepping, and singing. I wasn’t looking at the class; I was just listening,” says the 2008 Guggenheim Fellow, the first to earn such an award in body music. “It was beautiful so I let it go on for a while and when I turned around I saw most of the room in tears. There was something about the act of touching the chest that moved everyone. It was about the heart.”


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