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  • Keith Terry (2011)

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    Texas-born Keith Terry describes himself as a body musician: he's a dancer, drummer, composer, producer, and ring-master. He has conceived and directed countless music projects around the World during his three-decade-plus career, using his body as the Griot, the storyteller.

    Keith's interests over the years have ranged from Japanese taiko and Balinese gamelan to North African rhythm tap, to Ethiopian armpit music. He's a musical blur of sounds, probably best known for his solo work. He's toured throughout the US, Europe and Asia, from the Serious Fun at Lincoln Center, to Wolf Trap to the American Center in Paris, the Bali Arts Festival and the Vienna Dance Festival. He's also recognized for his contributions with the Pickle Family Circus, Bobby McFerrin, Honi Coles, Robin Williams, Tandy Beal, Geoff Hoyle, The Bobs, the Turtle Island String Quartet: the list goes on.

    In his ringmaster role, Keith has been able to bring together really talented people across the art disciplines for extraordinary shows and projects. He's also a great teacher, who over the years has won awards from the NEA, the Asian Cultural, Meet the Composers, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, … not to mention his being a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow.

    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Sergio Mendes Brasileiro Sambadouro Elektra
    # 2 Joseph Spence Real Bahamas Don't Take Everybody to Be Your Friend Nonesuch
    # 3 The Tahitian Choir Rapa Iti Morotiri Nei Triloka
    # 4 Tinariwan Amassakoul Chet Boghassa World Village
    # 5 Astor Piazzolla The Lausanne Concert Buenos Aires Hora Ceo Milan
    # 6 Barbatuques Oseguíente é Esse Baiana MCD
    # 7 unknown unknown Ethiopian Armpit Music unknown
    # 8 Staff at the University of Ghana Post Office The James Koetting Ghana Field Recording Collection Postal Office Music Center for Digital Initiatives, Brown University
    # 9 Idjah Hadidjah Tonggeret Bayu-Bayu Elektra
    # 10 The Blind Boys of Alabama Spirit of the Century The Last Time Real World
    Book Bruce Chatwin, "The Songlines"
    Luxury Item "My dance mat"
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    Chris Amberger
    23 Jun
    Gerald Beckett
    01 Sep
    Buzz Brooks
    28 Apr
    Jarrett Cherner
    16 Jun
    Kev Choice
    30 Jun
    Anat Cohen
    28 Jul
    Natalie Cressman
    10 Feb
    Hershey Felder
    07 Apr
    Mitchell Feldman
    18 Aug
    Mike Galisatus
    03 Nov
    Aaron Germain
    06 Jan
    Robin Gregory
    17 Feb
    Tamir Hendelman
    13 Oct
    Kasey Knudsen
    17 Mar
    Matthew Montfort
    26 May
    Dan Montgomery
    06 Oct
    Andrea Motis
    21 Jul
    Ray Obiedo
    10 Mar
    Jayn Pettingill
    17 Nov
    John Pizzarelli
    25 Aug
    Sandi Poindexter
    24 Mar
    Don Randi
    20 Oct
    David Rogers
    24 Feb
    Eric Whittington
    29 Sep
    George Winston
    04 Aug
    Lizz Wright
    09 Jun
    Jason Yeager
    02 Jun