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Now in its sixth year, OneBeat is cultivating a pioneering international network of leading artistic, technological, and social innovators in music. An initiative of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in collaboration with the groundbreaking New York-based music organization Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation, OneBeat employs collaborative original ...

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Many Elements, OneBeat: Nurturing Cultural Diplomacy One Co-Created Piece at a Time

Cross-cultural arts initiative brings 25 young musicians to the US in September and October 2017

Art is always about reinvention, about taking the elements of the past and reimagining them. In today’s vast network of ideas, sounds, and media, the way new life and energy comes to older artistic forms is in flux--and in the hands of young artists worldwide. 

OneBeata public-private cultural diplomacy initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of...

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  • Music In Africa, Article, 01/10/2018, Call for Applications: OneBeat 2018 Text
  • The Phnom Penh Post, Mention, 12/12/2017, Singer Yorn Young looks to build bridges with music Text
  • The Collegian, Feature story, 10/19/2017, Cross-cultural program OneBeat takes over Fort Collins music scene Text
  • Coloradoan, Event preview, 10/17/2017, Things to do: Beer class at local brewery and fall food trucks Text
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10/21/2017, Fort Collins, CO, The Armory
08/24/201710/21/2017, Many Elements, OneBeat: Nurturing Cultural Diplomacy One Co-Created Piece at a Time
Event
10/21/2017
Event
10/21/2017
Venue Zip
80524
Venue City, State
Fort Collins, CO
Venue St. Address
314 East Mountain Avenue
Venue
The Armory
OneBeat, a public-private cultural diplomacy initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation, is bringing together 25 young and adventurous musicians from 17 countries September 20 to October 23, 2017. MORE» More»

Cross-cultural arts initiative brings 25 young musicians to the US in September and October 2017

Art is always about reinvention, about taking the elements of the past and reimagining them. In today’s vast network of ideas, sounds, and media, the way new life and energy comes to older artistic forms is in flux--and in the hands of young artists worldwide. 

OneBeata public-private cultural diplomacy initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation, is bringing together 25 young and adventurous musicians from 17 countries September 20 to October 23, 2017 to explore how the arts can renew and restore perspectives, spaces, and societies. OneBeat takes inspiration from its residency and performance partners, from Caldera in Central Oregon to the Music District of Fort Collins, Colorado.

This year’s fellows include South African vocalist Nonku PhiriAisaana Omorova, a komuz (traditional three-stringed strummed instrument) player from Kyrgyzstan; Chicago-based producer Elijah Jamal; and Belorussian producer and singer Natalia Kuznetskaya.

The program kicks off with an in-depth two and half week residency at the Caldera Arts Center in central Oregon to encourage fellows to create musical events for specific spaces, sites and communities on the road that go beyond the typical concert tour. The events could be performance-, workshop- and/or installation-based, but they will all embody the spirit of creative collaboration and of music as social practice. It continues with stops in Idaho (in partnership with Treefort Music Fest and the City of Boise), Wyoming (in partnership with Jackson’s KHOL radio), and Colorado, concluding in a series of special events coordinated with Ft. Collins’ bustling local scene.

“This project, and ones like it, are part of the zeitgeist of cultural connections - egalitarian, peer-driven exchanges that forge new musical genres, and allow for new socially engaged artistic practice that serves both cross-cultural understanding and the health of local communities,” explains Jeremy Thal of Found Sound Nation/OneBeat. “OneBeat is an incredible mechanism for the proliferation of deep listening, the contagion of funky rhythm. It’s a rare international space where there is no competition, no graduation ceremony, no negotiation of territory — but rather an open forum for the bright light of the human creative consciousness to shine through one another.”

OneBeat uses person-to-person interaction, improvisation, and collaboration to encourage and refresh international ties between Americans, American artists, and creative minds from all over. It’s a grassroots way to build a different kind of diplomatic dialogue that deepens trust, builds networks,  and creates opportunities that promote entrepreneurship and creative leaders.

“There is so much talk fueled by fear and anger these days, delivered incessantly through our phones, laptops, televisions. It’s imperative to counter these narratives, and to me that means interacting with people face to face, trying our best to connect in deeply honest, sometimes challenging ways,” says Found Sound Nation’s Elena Moon Park. “The process of collaboratively creating original music and art does this — it necessitates dialogue and compromise, listening and sharing, vulnerability and humility.”

The arts create opportunities and can also build community resources, boosting economic activity and the social environment. OneBeat will offer fellows tools to address this side of art-making, by holding business and development masterclasses with experts from industry-leading services like Apple Music and Kickstarter.

Since its inaugural year in 2012, OneBeat has invited 140 musicians from 41 countries and territories to the U.S., visited 26 U.S. communities in 14 states, produced 75 free and low-cost public performances for more than 25,000 people in the United States, and collaborated with over 5,500 students, teachers, and leaders in U.S. schools and community organizations.

“Only by listening and sharing the stories of real humans can we grow as individuals and as a society. Bringing together voices from around the globe to express themselves creatively is a means of celebrating human potential and of voicing human struggle and joy,” muses Park. “Such celebration, the kind we try to foster via OneBeat, is urgently needed right now, to break through the noise of divisiveness and fear.”

About OneBeat

Now in its sixth year, OneBeat is cultivating a pioneering international network of leading artistic, technological, and social innovators in music. An initiative of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in collaboration with the groundbreaking New York-based music organization Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation, OneBeat employs collaborative original music as a potent new form of cultural diplomacy.

OneBeat is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, & produced by Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation.

OneBeat 2017 Events

CENTRAL OREGON: Presented in partnership with Caldera

Saturday, September 30: The Belfry (Sisters, OR) TBD

Friday, October 6: The Suttle Lodge (Sisters, OR)

Saturday, October 7: Caldera Arts Center (Sisters, OR), Stories of Change

 

BOISE, ID: Presented in partnership with Treefort Music Fest and City of Boise

Tuesday, October 10: Linen Building

Wednesday, October 11: Rhodes Skate Park

Wednesday, October 11: The Olympic

 

JACKSON, WY: Presented in partnership with KHOL radio

Friday, October 13: Center for the Arts

 

FORT COLLINS, CO: Presented in partnership with The Music District

Thursday, October 19: The Lincoln Center

Friday, October 20: Colorado State University

Friday, October 20: Live film score at The Lyric

Friday, October 20: The Artery

Saturday, October 21: The Armory

Saturday, October 21: The Lyric Afterparty

Plus a week-long film festival at The Lyric and interactive public events throughout downtown Fort Collins Thurs-Saturday.

 
Event
10/21/2017

10/21/2017, Fort Collins, CO, The Lyric
08/25/201710/21/2017, Many Elements, OneBeat: Nurturing Cultural Diplomacy One Co-Created Piece at a Time
Event
10/21/2017
Event
10/21/2017
Event Notes
OneBeat Afterparty
Venue Zip
80521
Venue City, State
Fort Collins, CO
Venue St. Address
225 W Oak St
Venue
The Lyric
OneBeat, a public-private cultural diplomacy initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation, is bringing together 25 young and adventurous musicians from 17 countries September 20 to October 23, 2017. MORE» More»

Cross-cultural arts initiative brings 25 young musicians to the US in September and October 2017

Art is always about reinvention, about taking the elements of the past and reimagining them. In today’s vast network of ideas, sounds, and media, the way new life and energy comes to older artistic forms is in flux--and in the hands of young artists worldwide. 

OneBeat, a public-private cultural diplomacy initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation, is bringing together 25 young and adventurous musicians from 17 countries September 20 to October 23, 2017 to explore how the arts can renew and restore perspectives, spaces, and societies. OneBeat takes inspiration from its residency and performance partners, from Caldera in Central Oregon to the Music District of Fort Collins, Colorado.

This year’s fellows include South African vocalist Nonku Phiri; Aisaana Omorova, a komuz (traditional three-stringed strummed instrument) player from Kyrgyzstan; Chicago-based producer Elijah Jamal; and Belorussian producer and singer Natalia Kuznetskaya.

The program kicks off with an in-depth two and half week residency at the Caldera Arts Center in central Oregon to encourage fellows to create musical events for specific spaces, sites and communities on the road that go beyond the typical concert tour. The events could be performance-, workshop- and/or installation-based, but they will all embody the spirit of creative collaboration and of music as social practice. It continues with stops in Idaho (in partnership with Treefort Music Fest and the City of Boise), Wyoming (in partnership with Jackson’s KHOL radio), and Colorado, concluding in a series of special events coordinated with Ft. Collins’ bustling local scene.

“This project, and ones like it, are part of the zeitgeist of cultural connections - egalitarian, peer-driven exchanges that forge new musical genres, and allow for new socially engaged artistic practice that serves both cross-cultural understanding and the health of local communities,” explains Jeremy Thal of Found Sound Nation/OneBeat. “OneBeat is an incredible mechanism for the proliferation of deep listening, the contagion of funky rhythm. It’s a rare international space where there is no competition, no graduation ceremony, no negotiation of territory — but rather an open forum for the bright light of the human creative consciousness to shine through one another.”

OneBeat uses person-to-person interaction, improvisation, and collaboration to encourage and refresh international ties between Americans, American artists, and creative minds from all over. It’s a grassroots way to build a different kind of diplomatic dialogue that deepens trust, builds networks,  and creates opportunities that promote entrepreneurship and creative leaders.

“There is so much talk fueled by fear and anger these days, delivered incessantly through our phones, laptops, televisions. It’s imperative to counter these narratives, and to me that means interacting with people face to face, trying our best to connect in deeply honest, sometimes challenging ways,” says Found Sound Nation’s Elena Moon Park. “The process of collaboratively creating original music and art does this — it necessitates dialogue and compromise, listening and sharing, vulnerability and humility.”

The arts create opportunities and can also build community resources, boosting economic activity and the social environment. OneBeat will offer fellows tools to address this side of art-making, by holding business and development masterclasses with experts from industry-leading services like Apple Music and Kickstarter.

Since its inaugural year in 2012, OneBeat has invited 140 musicians from 41 countries and territories to the U.S., visited 26 U.S. communities in 14 states, produced 75 free and low-cost public performances for more than 25,000 people in the United States, and collaborated with over 5,500 students, teachers, and leaders in U.S. schools and community organizations.

“Only by listening and sharing the stories of real humans can we grow as individuals and as a society. Bringing together voices from around the globe to express themselves creatively is a means of celebrating human potential and of voicing human struggle and joy,” muses Park. “Such celebration, the kind we try to foster via OneBeat, is urgently needed right now, to break through the noise of divisiveness and fear.”

About OneBeat

Now in its sixth year, OneBeat is cultivating a pioneering international network of leading artistic, technological, and social innovators in music. An initiative of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in collaboration with the groundbreaking New York-based music organization Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation, OneBeat employs collaborative original music as a potent new form of cultural diplomacy.

OneBeat is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, & produced by Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation.

OneBeat 2017 Events

CENTRAL OREGON: Presented in partnership with Caldera

Saturday, September 30: The Belfry (Sisters, OR) TBD

Friday, October 6: The Suttle Lodge (Sisters, OR)

Saturday, October 7: Caldera Arts Center (Sisters, OR), Stories of Change

 

BOISE, ID: Presented in partnership with Treefort Music Fest and City of Boise

Tuesday, October 10: Linen Building

Wednesday, October 11: Rhodes Skate Park

Wednesday, October 11: The Olympic

 

JACKSON, WY: Presented in partnership with KHOL radio

Friday, October 13: Center for the Arts

 

FORT COLLINS, CO: Presented in partnership with The Music District

Thursday, October 19: The Lincoln Center

Friday, October 20: Colorado State University

Friday, October 20: Live film score at The Lyric

Friday, October 20: The Artery

Saturday, October 21: The Armory

Saturday, October 21: The Lyric Afterparty

Plus a week-long film festival at The Lyric and interactive public events throughout downtown Fort Collins Thurs-Saturday.

 
Event
10/21/2017

10/21/2017, Fort Collins, CO, 2017 FoCo Bookfest, 3:30 PM
08/24/201710/21/2017, Many Elements, OneBeat: Nurturing Cultural Diplomacy One Co-Created Piece at a Time
Event
10/21/2017
Event
10/21/2017
Venue St. Address
Downtown Artery
Venue
2017 FoCo Bookfest
Concert Start Time
3:30 PM
OneBeat, a public-private cultural diplomacy initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation, is bringing together 25 young and adventurous musicians from 17 countries September 20 to October 23, 2017. MORE» More»

Cross-cultural arts initiative brings 25 young musicians to the US in September and October 2017

Art is always about reinvention, about taking the elements of the past and reimagining them. In today’s vast network of ideas, sounds, and media, the way new life and energy comes to older artistic forms is in flux--and in the hands of young artists worldwide. 

OneBeata public-private cultural diplomacy initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation, is bringing together 25 young and adventurous musicians from 17 countries September 20 to October 23, 2017 to explore how the arts can renew and restore perspectives, spaces, and societies. OneBeat takes inspiration from its residency and performance partners, from Caldera in Central Oregon to the Music District of Fort Collins, Colorado.

This year’s fellows include South African vocalist Nonku PhiriAisaana Omorova, a komuz (traditional three-stringed strummed instrument) player from Kyrgyzstan; Chicago-based producer Elijah Jamal; and Belorussian producer and singer Natalia Kuznetskaya.

The program kicks off with an in-depth two and half week residency at the Caldera Arts Center in central Oregon to encourage fellows to create musical events for specific spaces, sites and communities on the road that go beyond the typical concert tour. The events could be performance-, workshop- and/or installation-based, but they will all embody the spirit of creative collaboration and of music as social practice. It continues with stops in Idaho (in partnership with Treefort Music Fest and the City of Boise), Wyoming (in partnership with Jackson’s KHOL radio), and Colorado, concluding in a series of special events coordinated with Ft. Collins’ bustling local scene.

“This project, and ones like it, are part of the zeitgeist of cultural connections - egalitarian, peer-driven exchanges that forge new musical genres, and allow for new socially engaged artistic practice that serves both cross-cultural understanding and the health of local communities,” explains Jeremy Thal of Found Sound Nation/OneBeat. “OneBeat is an incredible mechanism for the proliferation of deep listening, the contagion of funky rhythm. It’s a rare international space where there is no competition, no graduation ceremony, no negotiation of territory — but rather an open forum for the bright light of the human creative consciousness to shine through one another.”

OneBeat uses person-to-person interaction, improvisation, and collaboration to encourage and refresh international ties between Americans, American artists, and creative minds from all over. It’s a grassroots way to build a different kind of diplomatic dialogue that deepens trust, builds networks,  and creates opportunities that promote entrepreneurship and creative leaders.

“There is so much talk fueled by fear and anger these days, delivered incessantly through our phones, laptops, televisions. It’s imperative to counter these narratives, and to me that means interacting with people face to face, trying our best to connect in deeply honest, sometimes challenging ways,” says Found Sound Nation’s Elena Moon Park. “The process of collaboratively creating original music and art does this — it necessitates dialogue and compromise, listening and sharing, vulnerability and humility.”

The arts create opportunities and can also build community resources, boosting economic activity and the social environment. OneBeat will offer fellows tools to address this side of art-making, by holding business and development masterclasses with experts from industry-leading services like Apple Music and Kickstarter.

Since its inaugural year in 2012, OneBeat has invited 140 musicians from 41 countries and territories to the U.S., visited 26 U.S. communities in 14 states, produced 75 free and low-cost public performances for more than 25,000 people in the United States, and collaborated with over 5,500 students, teachers, and leaders in U.S. schools and community organizations.

“Only by listening and sharing the stories of real humans can we grow as individuals and as a society. Bringing together voices from around the globe to express themselves creatively is a means of celebrating human potential and of voicing human struggle and joy,” muses Park. “Such celebration, the kind we try to foster via OneBeat, is urgently needed right now, to break through the noise of divisiveness and fear.”

About OneBeat

Now in its sixth year, OneBeat is cultivating a pioneering international network of leading artistic, technological, and social innovators in music. An initiative of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in collaboration with the groundbreaking New York-based music organization Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation, OneBeat employs collaborative original music as a potent new form of cultural diplomacy.

OneBeat is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, & produced by Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation.

OneBeat 2017 Events

CENTRAL OREGON: Presented in partnership with Caldera

Saturday, September 30: The Belfry (Sisters, OR) TBD

Friday, October 6: The Suttle Lodge (Sisters, OR)

Saturday, October 7: Caldera Arts Center (Sisters, OR), Stories of Change

 

BOISE, ID: Presented in partnership with Treefort Music Fest and City of Boise

Tuesday, October 10: Linen Building

Wednesday, October 11: Rhodes Skate Park

Wednesday, October 11: The Olympic

 

JACKSON, WY: Presented in partnership with KHOL radio

Friday, October 13: Center for the Arts

 

FORT COLLINS, CO: Presented in partnership with The Music District

Thursday, October 19: The Lincoln Center

Friday, October 20: Colorado State University

Friday, October 20: Live film score at The Lyric

Friday, October 20: The Artery

Saturday, October 21: The Armory

Saturday, October 21: The Lyric Afterparty

Plus a week-long film festival at The Lyric and interactive public events throughout downtown Fort Collins Thurs-Saturday.

Event
10/21/2017

10/20/2017, Fort Collins, CO, Colorado State University
08/24/201710/20/2017, Many Elements, OneBeat: Nurturing Cultural Diplomacy One Co-Created Piece at a Time
Event
10/20/2017
Event
10/20/2017
Venue Zip
80523
Venue City, State
Fort Collins, CO
Venue
Colorado State University
OneBeat, a public-private cultural diplomacy initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation, is bringing together 25 young and adventurous musicians from 17 countries September 20 to October 23, 2017. MORE» More»

Cross-cultural arts initiative brings 25 young musicians to the US in September and October 2017

Art is always about reinvention, about taking the elements of the past and reimagining them. In today’s vast network of ideas, sounds, and media, the way new life and energy comes to older artistic forms is in flux--and in the hands of young artists worldwide. 

OneBeata public-private cultural diplomacy initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation, is bringing together 25 young and adventurous musicians from 17 countries September 20 to October 23, 2017 to explore how the arts can renew and restore perspectives, spaces, and societies. OneBeat takes inspiration from its residency and performance partners, from Caldera in Central Oregon to the Music District of Fort Collins, Colorado.

This year’s fellows include South African vocalist Nonku PhiriAisaana Omorova, a komuz (traditional three-stringed strummed instrument) player from Kyrgyzstan; Chicago-based producer Elijah Jamal; and Belorussian producer and singer Natalia Kuznetskaya.

The program kicks off with an in-depth two and half week residency at the Caldera Arts Center in central Oregon to encourage fellows to create musical events for specific spaces, sites and communities on the road that go beyond the typical concert tour. The events could be performance-, workshop- and/or installation-based, but they will all embody the spirit of creative collaboration and of music as social practice. It continues with stops in Idaho (in partnership with Treefort Music Fest and the City of Boise), Wyoming (in partnership with Jackson’s KHOL radio), and Colorado, concluding in a series of special events coordinated with Ft. Collins’ bustling local scene.

“This project, and ones like it, are part of the zeitgeist of cultural connections - egalitarian, peer-driven exchanges that forge new musical genres, and allow for new socially engaged artistic practice that serves both cross-cultural understanding and the health of local communities,” explains Jeremy Thal of Found Sound Nation/OneBeat. “OneBeat is an incredible mechanism for the proliferation of deep listening, the contagion of funky rhythm. It’s a rare international space where there is no competition, no graduation ceremony, no negotiation of territory — but rather an open forum for the bright light of the human creative consciousness to shine through one another.”

OneBeat uses person-to-person interaction, improvisation, and collaboration to encourage and refresh international ties between Americans, American artists, and creative minds from all over. It’s a grassroots way to build a different kind of diplomatic dialogue that deepens trust, builds networks,  and creates opportunities that promote entrepreneurship and creative leaders.

“There is so much talk fueled by fear and anger these days, delivered incessantly through our phones, laptops, televisions. It’s imperative to counter these narratives, and to me that means interacting with people face to face, trying our best to connect in deeply honest, sometimes challenging ways,” says Found Sound Nation’s Elena Moon Park. “The process of collaboratively creating original music and art does this — it necessitates dialogue and compromise, listening and sharing, vulnerability and humility.”

The arts create opportunities and can also build community resources, boosting economic activity and the social environment. OneBeat will offer fellows tools to address this side of art-making, by holding business and development masterclasses with experts from industry-leading services like Apple Music and Kickstarter.

Since its inaugural year in 2012, OneBeat has invited 140 musicians from 41 countries and territories to the U.S., visited 26 U.S. communities in 14 states, produced 75 free and low-cost public performances for more than 25,000 people in the United States, and collaborated with over 5,500 students, teachers, and leaders in U.S. schools and community organizations.

“Only by listening and sharing the stories of real humans can we grow as individuals and as a society. Bringing together voices from around the globe to express themselves creatively is a means of celebrating human potential and of voicing human struggle and joy,” muses Park. “Such celebration, the kind we try to foster via OneBeat, is urgently needed right now, to break through the noise of divisiveness and fear.”

About OneBeat

Now in its sixth year, OneBeat is cultivating a pioneering international network of leading artistic, technological, and social innovators in music. An initiative of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in collaboration with the groundbreaking New York-based music organization Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation, OneBeat employs collaborative original music as a potent new form of cultural diplomacy.

OneBeat is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, & produced by Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation.

OneBeat 2017 Events

CENTRAL OREGON: Presented in partnership with Caldera

Saturday, September 30: The Belfry (Sisters, OR) TBD

Friday, October 6: The Suttle Lodge (Sisters, OR)

Saturday, October 7: Caldera Arts Center (Sisters, OR), Stories of Change

 

BOISE, ID: Presented in partnership with Treefort Music Fest and City of Boise

Tuesday, October 10: Linen Building

Wednesday, October 11: Rhodes Skate Park

Wednesday, October 11: The Olympic

 

JACKSON, WY: Presented in partnership with KHOL radio

Friday, October 13: Center for the Arts

 

FORT COLLINS, CO: Presented in partnership with The Music District

Thursday, October 19: The Lincoln Center

Friday, October 20: Colorado State University

Friday, October 20: Live film score at The Lyric

Friday, October 20: The Artery

Saturday, October 21: The Armory

Saturday, October 21: The Lyric Afterparty

Plus a week-long film festival at The Lyric and interactive public events throughout downtown Fort Collins Thurs-Saturday.

 
Event
10/20/2017

10/20/2017, Fort Collins, CO, Lyric Cinema Cafe
08/24/201710/20/2017, Many Elements, OneBeat: Nurturing Cultural Diplomacy One Co-Created Piece at a Time
Event
10/20/2017
Event
10/20/2017
Event Notes
Main Event
Venue Zip
80521
Venue City, State
Lyric Cinema Cafe
Venue St. Address
225 W Oak St
Venue
Lyric Cinema Cafe
OneBeat, a public-private cultural diplomacy initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation, is bringing together 25 young and adventurous musicians from 17 countries September 20 to October 23, 2017. MORE» More»

Cross-cultural arts initiative brings 25 young musicians to the US in September and October 2017

Art is always about reinvention, about taking the elements of the past and reimagining them. In today’s vast network of ideas, sounds, and media, the way new life and energy comes to older artistic forms is in flux--and in the hands of young artists worldwide. 

OneBeata public-private cultural diplomacy initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation, is bringing together 25 young and adventurous musicians from 17 countries September 20 to October 23, 2017 to explore how the arts can renew and restore perspectives, spaces, and societies. OneBeat takes inspiration from its residency and performance partners, from Caldera in Central Oregon to the Music District of Fort Collins, Colorado.

This year’s fellows include South African vocalist Nonku PhiriAisaana Omorova, a komuz (traditional three-stringed strummed instrument) player from Kyrgyzstan; Chicago-based producer Elijah Jamal; and Belorussian producer and singer Natalia Kuznetskaya.

The program kicks off with an in-depth two and half week residency at the Caldera Arts Center in central Oregon to encourage fellows to create musical events for specific spaces, sites and communities on the road that go beyond the typical concert tour. The events could be performance-, workshop- and/or installation-based, but they will all embody the spirit of creative collaboration and of music as social practice. It continues with stops in Idaho (in partnership with Treefort Music Fest and the City of Boise), Wyoming (in partnership with Jackson’s KHOL radio), and Colorado, concluding in a series of special events coordinated with Ft. Collins’ bustling local scene.

“This project, and ones like it, are part of the zeitgeist of cultural connections - egalitarian, peer-driven exchanges that forge new musical genres, and allow for new socially engaged artistic practice that serves both cross-cultural understanding and the health of local communities,” explains Jeremy Thal of Found Sound Nation/OneBeat. “OneBeat is an incredible mechanism for the proliferation of deep listening, the contagion of funky rhythm. It’s a rare international space where there is no competition, no graduation ceremony, no negotiation of territory — but rather an open forum for the bright light of the human creative consciousness to shine through one another.”

OneBeat uses person-to-person interaction, improvisation, and collaboration to encourage and refresh international ties between Americans, American artists, and creative minds from all over. It’s a grassroots way to build a different kind of diplomatic dialogue that deepens trust, builds networks,  and creates opportunities that promote entrepreneurship and creative leaders.

“There is so much talk fueled by fear and anger these days, delivered incessantly through our phones, laptops, televisions. It’s imperative to counter these narratives, and to me that means interacting with people face to face, trying our best to connect in deeply honest, sometimes challenging ways,” says Found Sound Nation’s Elena Moon Park. “The process of collaboratively creating original music and art does this — it necessitates dialogue and compromise, listening and sharing, vulnerability and humility.”

The arts create opportunities and can also build community resources, boosting economic activity and the social environment. OneBeat will offer fellows tools to address this side of art-making, by holding business and development masterclasses with experts from industry-leading services like Apple Music and Kickstarter.

Since its inaugural year in 2012, OneBeat has invited 140 musicians from 41 countries and territories to the U.S., visited 26 U.S. communities in 14 states, produced 75 free and low-cost public performances for more than 25,000 people in the United States, and collaborated with over 5,500 students, teachers, and leaders in U.S. schools and community organizations.

“Only by listening and sharing the stories of real humans can we grow as individuals and as a society. Bringing together voices from around the globe to express themselves creatively is a means of celebrating human potential and of voicing human struggle and joy,” muses Park. “Such celebration, the kind we try to foster via OneBeat, is urgently needed right now, to break through the noise of divisiveness and fear.”

About OneBeat

Now in its sixth year, OneBeat is cultivating a pioneering international network of leading artistic, technological, and social innovators in music. An initiative of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in collaboration with the groundbreaking New York-based music organization Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation, OneBeat employs collaborative original music as a potent new form of cultural diplomacy.

OneBeat is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, & produced by Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation.

OneBeat 2017 Events

CENTRAL OREGON: Presented in partnership with Caldera

Saturday, September 30: The Belfry (Sisters, OR) TBD

Friday, October 6: The Suttle Lodge (Sisters, OR)

Saturday, October 7: Caldera Arts Center (Sisters, OR), Stories of Change

 

BOISE, ID: Presented in partnership with Treefort Music Fest and City of Boise

Tuesday, October 10: Linen Building

Wednesday, October 11: Rhodes Skate Park

Wednesday, October 11: The Olympic

 

JACKSON, WY: Presented in partnership with KHOL radio

Friday, October 13: Center for the Arts

 

FORT COLLINS, CO: Presented in partnership with The Music District

Thursday, October 19: The Lincoln Center

Friday, October 20: Colorado State University

Friday, October 20: Live film score at The Lyric

Friday, October 20: The Artery

Saturday, October 21: The Armory

Saturday, October 21: The Lyric Afterparty

Plus a week-long film festival at The Lyric and interactive public events throughout downtown Fort Collins Thurs-Saturday.

 
Event
10/20/2017