Molodi in the lab!

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Our performances are results of time, sweat and work. And each piece we do goes through a process. Before the finish product is stage ready the piece and performers goes through hours of rehearsal. We auditioned for American Best Dance crew a few years ago and I want to show you what a piece looks like before it’s stage ready. MOLODI IN THE LAB!!!

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Meet Jep Meléndez of CAMBUYÓN

Jep Meléndez of CAMBUYÓN is an awesome performer. And when I say “awesome” I mean a performer I would pay to see. He and Cambuyon are like Molodi and I am anxiously waiting patiently for the opportunity to work with the group. I had the chance to meet a few members when Molodi did The Body Music Festival last November. After meetin 3 of the 7 members Nestor, Raul, and Jep, I was impressed, amazed and inspired.

Cambuyón is a dance theatre performance group mixing tap dance, body percussion, hip-hop, voice, percussion and theatre to tell a story about rhythm fusion. Founded by Jep Meléndez, with the support of the company Enlace S.C. (Spain) and many collaborators, they use as a starting point rhythmic dance from a variety of folk dances. The artists are well-known performers and teachers of these particular dances and other percussive styles, demonstrating both the recovery of these dances and their subsequent crossing with more contemporary artistic and percussive styles, with particular emphasis on the voice and body music.

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Topping the next show..

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Over the last four years we’ve always tried something a little new and different for just about every show. Its a fun challenge to top the last show or to doing something different in the show, Its an attempt to grow the performers arsenal. A great man told me once, “You’re only as good as your last play”

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One nation under the groove

Dear Friends,

In early November many of us had the great pleasure of attending the 4th International Body Music Festival in San Francisco. Artists from many parts of the world shared their versions of body music that, for all their variety, revealed a profound commonality — the roots of human music.  For me it was a joyous and deeply moving experience.  I was honored to be a part of a project that was simultaneously both traditional and uniquely innovative.

As you can imagine, producing this festival required the combined efforts of many people, including dozens of volunteers like myself.  It also required a financial outlay that far exceeded the box office income, even though the shows were full.  A major issue was the inordinate amount of money (and time) that was required to get visas for our international artists.  The roadblocks that our government puts in front of visiting artists and their hosts is a topic we should all be concerned about, but at the moment we are dealing with the very real financial fallout that we have been left with.  In order for us to continue to create an international forum for the world’s oldest form of music we need your support.  Would you join me in making a contribution to the International Body Music Festival through USA Artists?  Our goal is $12,500, and its one big “mutual match”.  We all make our pledge and if, heaven forbid, we don’t reach our goal, none of the contributions are accepted.  But I’m confident that the same spirit of cooperation and common purpose that infused the Festival will infuse our friends as well.  Please pledge whatever you can.  Any amount, large or small, will be deeply appreciated.

Jim Hogan

More information regarding our fundraising campaign at United States Artists here:      http://www.usaprojects.org/project/international_body_music_festival
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Music and love makes the world go round

If you are not familiar with Keith Terry, International Body Music Festival, body percussion, or body music. You are aware of the Music and the power of expression. You are aware of beauty that is made in and around your environment everyday. What I am getting at is my opinion of the building blocks of life, inspiration, passion, art, giving, purpose, and expression Supporting your local art scene, artist and art movements is important to everyone. Giving your time, money, or energy is what we need, to continue to give the world display passion and the inspiration to share our purpose. In hope you are inspired to express your self.

IBMF Fundraising Campaign! (facebook)

IBMF Fundraising Campaign! (www.unitedstatesartists.org)

www.internationalbodymusicfestival.com

Festivals like The International Body Music Festival are wonderful, unique and powerful. After wrapping up the festival in the Bay Area early in November, they turn there sights to getting the festival up for next year (Oct 9th). Like a child it takes a village and every bit of support helps us closer to our goal.

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It takes a Village..

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If you are not familiar with Keith Terry, International Body Music Festival, body percussion, or body music. You are aware of music and the power of expression. You are aware of the beauty that is made in and around your environment everyday. What I am getting at is music in my opinion is part of the building blocks of life, inspiration, passion, art, giving, purpose, and expression. Supporting your local art scene, artist and art movements is important to everyone. Giving your time, money, or energy is what we need. Plus it helps us continue to give the world display passion and the inspiration to share our purpose. In hope you are inspired to express your self.
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IBMF Fundraising Campaign! (facebook)

IBMF Fundraising Campaign! (www.unitedstatesartists.org)

www.internationalbodymusicfestival.com

Festivals like The International Body Music Festival are wonderful, unique and powerful. After wrapping up the festival in the Bay Area early in November, they…

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Raising funds for the arts..

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PLEASE HELP THE IBMF RAISE $12,500 BY THE END OF THE YEAR!

DONATE! Our Fundraising Campaign starts here:

http://www.unitedstatesartists.org/project/international_body_music_festival

Seen together in concert and collaboration, the IBMF performers embody intercultural communication on both an artistic and visceral level. Audiences and artists alike are moved by the musicality, the depth, the timelessness of this art form. 

In our 30+ years bringing international artists for cross-cultural collaborations, it has never been harder or more expensive to obtain artist visas. The financial burden is excessive and unwarranted and penalties are extreme. When the IBMF is hosted internationally, we do not have this deficit to contend with, but here in the US, visa costs are prohibitive to working with international artists, or being able to offer decent fees – yet the international scope of artists is what makes the IBMF so potent and necessary.

 If you can’t help financially, please…

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