Definitions

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  • adjective music Having multiple, simultaneous rhythms

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Examples

  • The Fender Rhodes suitcase piano features a stereo tremolo and many other electric pianos have a simple, but quite obtrusive, mono tremolo that can introduce a strange kind of polyrhythmic feel to performances.

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  • The performance of each song is delivered in a unique fashion involving spontaneous embellishment of the tune and polyrhythmic hand clapping.

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  • Getty Images Ballak é Sissoko, a Mali kora player, and French cellist Vincent Segal But not every act performing on the venue's three stages emphasizes hot, polyrhythmic dance numbers.

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  • This experimental film by a quartet of directors— Sam Fleischner , Willis Glasspiegel , Tony Lowe and Olivia Wyatt —captures the 2010 spectacle in wild bursts of color choreographed to a non-stop, polyrhythmic pulse.

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  • Although Mr. Smith didn't fully solo until this last tune, throughout the set his polyrhythmic drumming evoked a movie with four subplots going at once, all of which, I'd be willing to wager, are better than the latest Harry Potter movie, even in 3D.

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  • Perhaps, though, "rooted" is the wrong word, since his whisper of a voice floats above his guitar and gentle polyrhythmic percussion to create an environment that's captivating, quietly insistent and delicate but not fragile.

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  • Yet quintet's performances, even more than the material, are completely timeless: Mr. Peplowski's tenor saxophone trio reading (with just bass and polyrhythmic drums) of "It's a Lonesome Old Town" (from 1930, probably the newest song in the set) is both breathless and breathy, and as modern as Sonny Rollins , Joe Lovano or any other contempo-tenor you could name.

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  • Consisting of artists Jeff Donaldson, Wadsworth Jarrell, Barbara Jones-Hogu, and Nelson Stevens, AfriCOBRA's signature art is self-described as paintings made in "Koolaid colors" and "jazzy, polyrhythmic movements," a kind of "visual music" and "synesthetic ideas" related to Kandinsky's theories on sound and color.

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  • Coincidentally, the set was book-ended by show tunes, beginning with a densely polyrhythmic "From This Moment On."

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  • Consisting of artists Jeff Donaldson, Wadsworth Jarrell, Barbara Jones-Hogu, and Nelson Stevens, AfriCOBRA's signature art is self-described as paintings made in "Koolaid colors" and "jazzy, polyrhythmic movements," a kind of "visual music" and "synesthetic ideas" related to Kandinsky's theories on sound and color.

    G. Roger Denson: You Say You Want a Revolution. Well You Know, Art Can Cure You of That

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