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Son cubano is one of the most popular musical styles in Cuba and Kiki Valera is one of its foremost exponents. Over the last century this style of traditional Cuban music contributed to many other genres including jazz, cha cha cha, mambo, salsa, songo and timba. Cuban son is the music that made the Buena Vista Social Club worldwide stars in the late 1990s but Kiki Valera comes from a family of musicians whose involvement with Cuban son pre-dates the Buena Vista Social Club by decades.

Kiki Valera is the oldest son of the famous La Familia Valera Miranda septet, a multi-generational traditional music group from Santiago de Cuba. Since the 19th century, La Familia Valera Miranda has played a significant role in Cuban culture by collecting and preserving the deep-rooted traditions of the legendary Sierra Maestra mountain region. Their debut album, released in 1982, helped initiate the explosion of interest in traditional Cuban music.

Kiki, like most of his family, is a virtuoso. A multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, sound engineer and producer, he’s best known as one of the world’s greatest players of the Cuban cuatro, a mid-size guitar with 8 strings grouped in sets of 2.

Kiki picked up the Cuban tres under the guidance of his father Felix when he was a child. He later attended one of the most prestigious music schools in Cuba & by the mid-90s was busy recording and touring the world with his family.

Kiki continues to direct, compose, arrange and perform internationally. He also performs and teaches in Seattle, Washington where he contributes to the vibrant music scene in the Pacific Northwest.


Kiki Valera & Cubaché - a super-danceable traditional Cuban music Cuban Son, boleros, guarachas, septeto with an all star lineup!


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Keith Terry is a percussionist/rhythm-dancer/educator whose artistic vision has straddled the line between music and dance for more than four decades.  As a soloist he has appeared in such settings as Lincoln Center, Bumbershoot, NPR’s All Things Considered, PRI's The World, the Vienna International Dance Festival, and the Paradiso van Slag World Drum Festival in Amsterdam.  His groups – Slammin All-Body Band, Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble, Professor Terry’s Circus Band Extraordinaire, and Body Tjak (with I Wayan Dibia) – have performed in a variety of venues, including Joe’s Pub, WNYC, and Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors (NY); Grand Performances, LACMA Jazz, the Roxy, and the Skirball Center (LA); SFJazz, Vancouver Island MusicFest, and the Bali Arts Festival.  In addition, Keith has performed with a wide range of artists including Charles “Honi” Coles, Turtle Island String Quartet, Jovino Santos Neto, Barbatuques, Gamelan Sekar Jaya, KeKeÇa, Kenny Endo, Freddie Hubbard, Tex Williams, Robin Williams, and Bobby McFerrin.  As a producer he has released 6 CDs, 5 DVDs and a book on Crosspulse Media.

Keith tours extensively in the Americas, Asia, and Europe, where his Body Music performances, workshops, residencies and choreographic commissions are popular among professional performers and educators.  From 1998 to 2005 Keith was on the faculty at UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures, where he designed and taught a dozen courses on the relationship of music and dance; deep listening; synchronicity, time, and timing; and intercultural communication in the arts. In 2006 he conceived and directed the first International Body Music Performance Project for the Orff Institute in Salzburg, Austria. In 2010 Keith taught on the Dance faculty at UC Berkeley.
Keith Terry is the founding Artistic Director of the International Body Music Festival (IBMF). Launched in 2008, this annual, six day festival explores the language of body music from culture to culture and has been produced in the US, Brazil, Turkey, Indonesia, France and Ghana; plus MiniFests in Greece, Italy, Brazil and Canada.  In 2010 Keith directed and performed in IBMF’s “Americas” concert for the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival in New York. Keith is a Guggenheim Fellow and an Asian Cultural Council Fellow, as well as the Founding Director of Crosspulse, a 40 year-old, Oakland, CA –based, non-profit organization dedicated to the creation and performance of rhythm-based intercultural music and dance.

PERFORMANCE:  Opening the Saturday Night Dance Party



• Traditional Body Musics from around the world (all levels)


• Body Music with Keith Terry (all levels)

Using the oldest instrument on the planet -- the human body -- we clap, slap, snap, step and vocalize our way through some very fun and funky, original and traditional rhythmic music.  BODY MUSIC is an effective way of internalizing rhythmic work, which enhances the development of time, timing, phrasing, listening skills, independence, coordination and ensemble awareness.  It is a useful tool for musicians, dancers and movers of all kinds, actors, DJs and film editors -- anyone interested in deepening their rhythmic skills — while exploring a variety of rhythmic systems and concepts from around the world,  including polyrhythms, crosspulses, polymeters, phasing, half time/double time, and  more.  Guaranteed to open ears and expand rhythmic horizons.



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K.P. Tha Killa Percussionist- A freestyle Percussionist who combines Hip Hop/Rock/Jazz/Junkyard Beats into a savage foot stomping grooves with chants, vocals and solos!!!


K.P. IS from Detroit, MI and now resides in Tacoma. He's a Solo Freestyle Percussionist who plays Congas, Timbales and Street Percussion.

PERFORMANCE: On the Armory Main Stage

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