International Body Music MiniFest - Pass It Down

International Body Music MiniFest - Pass It Down

House Band Corposonic Trio: Keith Terry, Steve Hogan, and Bryan Dyer, Michelle Jaques, Diane Ferlatte, Brenda Wong Aoki, Destiny Arts Youth Performing Company, OSA Vocal Rush, Los Cenzontles, Kanyon Coyote Woman, Rico Pabon, Zoe Ellis, Evie Ladin, Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble, Alphabet Rockers

Saturday, October 20th

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$21 ADV / $25 DOOR (plus fees)

  • All tickets are subject to an additional $4 per ticket facility fee.

International Body Music MiniFest - Pass It Down
International Body Music MiniFest - Pass It Down
"Mr. Terry and his colleagues in action is like visiting an ANATOMICAL CARNIVAL, where hands, feet, fingers, bellies, rumps and mouths engage in an endless MUSICAL BALLET."
— Wall Street Journal

The International Body Music Festival was founded in 2008 by Artistic Director Keith Terry, and is a project of Crosspulse, an Oakland-based non-profit arts organization dedicated to the performance, recording and education of cross-cultural rhythmic arts. The IBMF is produced in the San Francisco Bay Area every two years, and by our international partners in the interim years.

The IBMF features contemporary and traditional Body Music plus new, IBMF-commissioned collaborative projects -- presented in Concerts, Workshops, Teacher Trainings, Lecture-Demonstration, Body Music Open-Mic, Family Matinee, and in-school Assembly Programs. The IBMF also offers touring programs, and MiniFests of shorter duration.
Michelle Jaques
Michelle Jaques
Michelle Jacques is the Artistic Director/founder of the CHELLE! and Friends and CHELLE’S JUKE JOINT Acappella Ensemble, a member of the Governor's Board of The Recording Academy, San Francisco chapter and the music director of the Select Ensemble at the Oakland School for the Arts.

Credits include, San Francisco Symphony's Adventures in Music, Cazadero Performing Arts Family Camp, Yerba Buena Gardens, Oakland Youth Chorus, lecturer at University of San Francisco, recipient of City Of Oakland, Individual Artist grant for 2008, winner of the 1992 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards.
Diane Ferlatte
Diane Ferlatte
"Diane Ferlatte's charismatic personality sets the stage on fire. Her storytelling is so powerful that the stories she tells become a part of you. "

Now an internationally renowned storyteller, Diane has traveled the globe, from Europe to Singapore & Malaysia, from Australia & New Zealand to Colombia, Senegal, Kenya, South Africa, Turkey, Jamaica, India and of course all over the United States. She believes that telling and listening to each other’s stories not only enables us to learn about each other, but also to understand each other better. She views storytelling as a traditional art form that can promote literacy, imagination, and values in the young. While emphasizing African American stories, she loves to tell stories that hold truths touching upon our common humanity, including personal and historical stories. Having a background in music as well as American Sign Language, Diane frequently incorporates both into her performances. Erik Pearson, her musical sidekick, often accompanies Diane on banjo & guitar.

Diane has received numerous honors including grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Storytelling Network’s Circle of Excellence Award, the National Association of Black Storytellers' Zora Neale Hurston Award, The Friends of Negro Spirituals Heritage Keepers Award, as well as the California Arts Council’s highest ranking. In addition to receiving a 2008 Grammy nomination, all of her recordings have received other awards including multiple Parents’ Choice, American Library Association, National Parenting Publications, iParenting Media, Children's Music Web, and Storytelling World Awards. Among her most exciting performances are her numerous appearances at both the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, and the Internationales Storytelling Festival in Graz, Austria, as well as the First International Festival to Commemorate the End of Slavery, on Goree Island, Senegal, and performing for President Clinton at his first inauguration.
Brenda Wong Aoki
Brenda Wong Aoki
Brenda Wong Aoki is a storyteller, anthologized playwright, producer, artistic director, and performer. Her song/dance/dramas are drawn from her family’s 121-year history in San Francisco and the Bay Area, Kabuki legends, ghost stories, and her personal experience. Known for her agility across disciplines, she creates monodramas rooted in traditional storytelling, dance movement, and music. Her sensei is Living Treasure, Nomura Mansaku, a Kyogen master; she also studied Noh with Nomura Shiro, who is a Cultural Intangible Property. It is extremely rare for a woman (and especially an American woman) to get to study with masters like these; ironically, it is because she is an American that she was able to work with artists of this caliber. Her other teachers/coaches/mentors include stage director, choreographer, performer, and former director of Theatre of Yugen, Yuriko Doi, and longtime director and coach, Jael Weisman of Dell’Arte Players and the San Francisco Mime Troupe.
Destiny Arts Youth Performing Company
Destiny Arts Youth Performing Company
Since 1988, Destiny has been a unique community gathering place for families and youth interested in building peaceful communities through the love of dance, theater, and martial arts.

Destiny Arts Center stands out in that we offer hip hop, and martial arts classes for kids as young as 3 years old, and challenge youth to develop their dance and martial arts technique through their teens, up to age 18.
OSA Vocal Rush
OSA Vocal Rush
Vocal Rush is a four-time national champion a cappella ensemble based out of Oakland School for the Arts (OSA) and comprised of singers ages 15-18. Combining passion, talent and dedication, along with the vision of director/founder Lisa Forkish, Vocal Rush has become one of the most respected high school a cappella groups in the U.S. since their inception in March, 2011. Before joining the renowned School of Vocal Music faculty at OSA, led by chair/founder Cava Menzies, Forkish was music director for the University of Oregon’s award-winning a cappella group Divisi, featured in Mickey Rapkin's book "Pitch Perfect," later made into the box-office smash film. Vocal Rush has received numerous accolades, including national championship titles in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016, a first place win at the L.A. A Cappella Festival, and perhaps most notably, a third place win on NBC's hit a cappella competition show, “The Sing-Off." Past members of Vocal Rush have performed for President Obama as well as OSA founder, California Governor Jerry Brown. The group has released two full-length albums and one EP (all available on iTunes) and has been nominated for six Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards, including Best High School Album. The ensemble has the soulful stage presence that reflects all that is unique to OSA and sets them apart in the a cappella scene. Vocal Rush brings to life the heart and soul of Oakland School for the Arts, putting their all into every performance. See these young singers in action at www.youtube.com/osavocalrush
Los Cenzontles
Los Cenzontles
Los Cenzontles (Nahuatl for "The Mockingbirds") dig deep into Latino traditions to promote dignity, pride and cultural understanding. The group has pioneered revivals of Mexican roots music in California bringing traditions to new generations. The Mockingbirds now create a powerful new hybrid sound – creating a fresh Chicano voice for a new generation.
Kanyon Coyote Woman
Kanyon Coyote Woman
Kanyon is active in the Native community as a speaker and singer of traditional songs. She documents events for Indian Canyon, working on a Cultural Revitalization Project with Community Works. She also works as Indian Canyon's Creative Director — showcasing her multimedia for Indian Canyon.
Rico Pabon
Rico Pabon
Follow him around for a year, and you might catch him flowing a cappella at spoken word shows in the local cultural centers, or at well known events like the Monterey Jazz Festival with John Santos' Latin jazz sextet. He may be backed by a chamber ensemble, playing the lead role in a hip hop opera or he may be singing and playing percussion with Linda Tillery's Cultural Heritage Choir. You're as likely to see him rhyming with a DJ as you are to see him performing with an Afro Puerto Rican Bomba group or singing and rhyming with bands like O-Maya or AguaLibre, both 10 piece salsa/ reggae/ hip hop fusion bands that performed to crowds of thousands at well known events like Stern Grove in San Francisco or Reggae on the River in Northern California. In the studio or on stage, the Puerto Rican bilingual musician known as Rico Pabón is a man of many genres, and although hip hop is the music of his generation, he chooses to draw the connections between the traditional music he heard growing up at home and the music he danced to in the streets of the SF Bay Area, Jamaica Plains and New York. "For us, the sons and daughters of immigrants, Hip Hop is our traditional music, but for most of us it didn't replace our deep love for the music of our roots. It only added more flavor to the soundtracks of our lives," says Pabón.
Zoe Ellis
Zoe Ellis
Zoe Ellis has been singing all her life. Starting in elementary school with light opera, she moved on to gospel, R & B, soul, hip-hop, and house music. She added a capella improvisation to her repertoire when she joined SoVoSo and Keith Terry’s Slammin All-Body Band. Alongside her brother, jazz saxophonist Dave Ellis, she leads Zadell (Zoe and Dave Ellis), which showcases her original compositions, highlighting both the power and emotion of her voice, and its softer, soul-stirring side. Together they recorded Zoe Ellis: Live at Anna's Jazz Island. She is currently co-lead of Darryl Anders~AgapéSoul and holds a chair with Linda Tillery’s Cultural Heritage Choir
Evie Ladin
Evie Ladin
Banjo player, singer, songwriter, percussive-dancer, choreographer and square-dance caller, Evie Ladin grew up steeped in traditional folk music/dance, and brings a contemporary vision to her compositions and choreography. Evie’s performances, recordings and teaching reconnect Appalachian music/dance with other African-Diaspora traditions, and have been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Lincoln Center, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass to Celtic Connections. She has taken home ribbons in folk song from Mt Airy, NC Fiddler’s Convention, and Neo-Trad Band from the Appalachian Stringband Festival, Clifftop, WV. Based in Oakland, CA, Evie tours with Keith Terry and the Evie Ladin Band; and has produced 6 CDs and two instructional DVDs. In the percussive dance world, she is Executive Director of the International Body Music Festival, directs the moving choir MoToR/dance and is an ace freestyle flatfooter. In the trad world, Evie teaches banjo and harmony singing at the infamous Freight & Salvage, online at Peghead Nation and numerous camps. In the songwriter world, she just writes great songs. A highly entertaining performer, Evie enjoys facilitating arts learning in diverse communities.
Alphabet Rockers
Alphabet Rockers
Alphabet Rockers are 2018 GRAMMY Nominees, known for making music that makes change. Their intergenerational hip hop concerts are the soundtrack for social justice, packing the Freight & Salvage with every Patchwork Series show for kids (age 4-10). Their music inspires families around the world to be proud of who you are, speak out and stand up for justice.