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Body Music


“Music you can see, dance you can hear”

Body music, also known as body percussion or body drumming, is a fascinating amalgam of composition and choreography. The music creates the shapes and patterns of the dance; the dance makes the sounds and rhythms of the music resulting in visible music/audible dance. Body Music is ancient and was likely the first music/dance. Before people were striking rocks and hollowing logs to create instruments, they were probably clapping, snapping, stepping and vocalizing to express their music/dance ideas. There are many traditional Body Musics in the world, from African-American Hambone and Flamenco Palmas to Sumatran Saman and Ethiopian Armpit music. As ancient forms of embodied knowledge, the various Body Musics of the world contain kinesthetic libraries of memories and cultural heritage that have yet to be studied. Keith Terry has developed a contemporary style of Body Music based on his training as a jazz drummer, as well as his years of intensive study and collaboration with world rhythmic systems. (Keith Terry)

Body Percussion is a field that you use your hands, your feet, and your body as a percussion. It can be placed directly between the Music and Movement. The player and the one who is played are the same person, and this is the unique property of body percussion. The process of playing himself/herself (Kendin Kendini Çal, in Turkish), within the relation of ‘self’ with ‘body’, turns out to be a journey of discovery and awareness of the self and its beyond via rhythm-music-movement-l anguage. In this process, we learn to leave ourselves to the flow. Body percussion, body music, music-dance are being created when we are aware of ‘themotion thatcreates sound’ and when we get the ability to leave ourselves to the gravity. (Tugay Basar)