Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble

A wonder-producing quintet — they drum, they dance, they chant, they slap and pat their torsos and limbs, they make visual music that fills a room with physical excitement.

—San Francisco Bay Guardian

Program: Rhythm, Culture and the Number 5

Part international drill team, part polycultural rhythm section, the Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble brings together synchronized movement, world drumming, lush vocals and innovative body music. Each of the five ensemble members bring their own deep traditions to the floor, to mix and mingle, creating a unique intercultural experience! Weaving the oldest musical instrument, the human body, with instrumental webs of hand drums, bells, claves, gongs, trap set, banjo, voice and more — Crosspulse embodies a virtual world tour.

Keith Terry (Jazz, Body Music), Evie Ladin (Appalachian), Omar Ledezma (Afro-Venezuelan), Bryan Dyer (Beatbox) and Amber Hines (African-American Spiritual). Available for Assemblies, Workshops, Residencies and Family Dance Parties. Contact us for pricing and availability.

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Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble History

Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble was brought together by Keith Terry in 1992 in the San Francisco Bay Area. The ensemble brought together a multitude of influences – from body music, jazz, Afro-Cuban and West African drumming — to Balinese gamelan, South Indian solkatu, and the music of the Middle East, Japan and the Caribbean. Loud, rowdy, athletic, playful, subtle, delicate and ethereal — their sounds and movement are fluently integrated, enabling us to see music and hear dance.

Crosspulse toured North and Central America, and Indonesia, in venues such as Lincoln Center in New York, Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano in Costa Rica, San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center, UCLA Center for Performing Arts, The Arts Festival of Atlanta and the Indonesian Arts Festival in Bali.

Crosspulse is a pool of players that has included Edgardo Cambón, Bryan Dyer, Raymond Graham, Claudia Gómez, Amber Hines, Namita Kapoor, Tacuma King, Evie Ladin, Omar Ledezma, Kelly Takunda Orphan, Susu Pampanin, Jackeline Rago, Amara Tabor-Smith, and Keith Terry.

The ensemble has appeared in collaboration with numerous music and dance groups, including San Jose Taiko, the Ohio-based Rhythm In Shoes dance company, Manhattan Tap, Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir, and Gamelan Sekar Jaya.

The band has recorded three albums: Keith Terry & Crosspulse, Serpentine and Body Tjak/The Celebration Soundtrack. Body Tjak/The Celebration is also available as a performance video.

As of 2002, Crosspulse is on hiatus as an ongoing touring ensemble, but continues its educational programs and special projects.

Art by a young Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble fan