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First International Body Music Festival

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First International Body Music Festival

First International Body Music Festival

First International Body Music Festival

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Hear Body Music

Dewa Putu Berata and Keith Terry demonstrate kecak, a traditional Balinese chant. Also known as the monkey chant, kecak is usually performed by a large ensemble of men. It's a complex mix of interlocking vocal patterns, including animal-like sounds and melodies.

First International Body Music Festival

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Keith Terry, the artistic director, talks about the festival now under way in San Francisco and Oakland, Calif. For 30 years, Terry has traveled the world performing and promoting body music — percussive sounds and melodies made by rhythmic chanting, clapping, finger-snapping, foot-stomping and other body movements.

You can watch video of the performers at the festival's Web site.