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OneBeat 2014

October 8 - November 5

California - Arizona - New Mexico

OneBeat brings musicians from around the world to the US to collaborate, perform and exchange ideas.

OneBeat consists of a

two week Residency,

followed by a two-week tour.

OneBeat invites musicians from a diversity of musical styles: rock, folk, experimental hip hop, electronic, jazz, classical, and more

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Aurora Nealand

SAXOPHONES, CLARINET & VOCALS / USA

Aurora Nealand studied at Oberlin College, majoring in Contemporary Music, and afterwards moved to Paris to study at the Ecole du Theatre Physical Jacques Lecoq, exploring music and sound in theatre. Now in New Orleans, she plays traditional New Orleans jazz as a bandleader and is a contributing member to a number of groups, playing saxophone, singing, composing, and improvising.

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Bill Selenga

Producer, Songwriter / Kenya

Bill Sellanga (aka Blinky Bill) is a singer- songwriter, beat maker, producer, and a member of Kenyan DIY art and music collective Just a Band. Their music explores jazz, hip-hop, disco and electronica. Bill has also participated in BLNRB, an electronic music project connecting Berlin and Nairobi, and was the curator of the 10 Cities Project, an African-European cultural exchange program.

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BIODUN KUTI

GUITARIST, COMPOSER / NIGERIA

At the age of fifteen, Biodun Kuti started playing in churches with his father's band and other local bands in Lagos, Nigeria. Descended from an ancestral lineage of Yoruba musicians, Biodun's childhood was bound with Juju, Highlife and traditional drumming. Biodun took on the guitar and developed both a traditional and modern style of guitar playing inflected with jazz and funk.

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DANIEL FRENCH

JARANA / USA

Daniel French's career began with a set of unattended bongos in a church basement. He quickly dived into congas and djembe and later, bass and guitar. Today, he plays the jarana, an 8-string guitar from Mexico. He performs with Las Cafeteras, a band which plays a mixture of Son Jarocho (Afro-Mexican), cumbia, ska, hip hop, Native American, and U.S. folk. Daniel has a long history of community organizing, bringing together the people and music of Los Angeles.

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DIMA EL SAYED

POET, SINGER / LEBANON

Dima El Sayed is a poet and singer based in Lebanon. She studied to be a jurist and human rights researcher in Paris, before traveling to India to learn Dhrupad, the traditional art of singing. Her soulful voice and impassioned songwriting is informed by raga, Sufi tradition, and poetry in three languages. She currently works with Syrian refugees and is committed to artistic expression that mingles the personal and political.

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ELYSE TABET

RECORDING, COLLAGE, VISUAL / LEBANON

Elyse Tabet is an audio-visual artist based in Beirut, Lebanon. Recording as Litter, Elyse makes pulsing ambient music that is both placid and disquieting, described as a "machine running out of power." Elyse began as a visual artist fueled by music, and in 2008, started accompanying live electronic acts in Beirut. Elyse continues to explore multimedia and the relationship between sound and image.

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GEORGE KANDALAFT

OUD PLAYER, COMPOSER / NAZARETH

Born in Nazareth, George Kandalaft is an oud player specializing in improvisation within a traditional style. At the age of 10, he started playing the oud and now tours with bands and orchestras across the world exploring both traditional and heavy metal styles. He received a degree in music performance and education, and later studied in Jerusalem receiving a degree in music therapy. He also works professionally as a music therapist.

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GREG CHUDZIK

BASSIST / USA

A prolific performer and recording artist, Greg Chudzik has played alongside esteemed musicians in the jazz, classical, experimental, and indie rock worlds. Studying bass at the Eastman School of Music, he has contributed to releases on 4AD, New Amsterdam, Tzadik and Jagjaguwar records.

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JIHA PARK

PIRI, SAENGHWANG & YANGGEUM PLAYER / SOUTH KOREA

Jiha Park is a composer and performer of traditional Korean instruments Piri, Taepyungso, Saenghwang, and Yanggeum. As the leader of the '[su:m]' ensemble, Jiha has worked constantly for 6 years performing groundbreaking modern music rooted in traditional form. She released her first album Rhythmic Space: A Pause for Breath in 2010, collaborating with artists across theater, film, dance, and architecture.

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KASIVA MUTUA

COMPOSER, PERCUSSIONIST, AFRICAN CHANTER / KENYA

Jackline Kasiva Mutua (Kasiva) is an internationally touring drummer and percussionist based in Nairobi, Kenya. Her performance style is influenced by afrobeat, zouk, samba, reggae and soul. As a young drummer, Kasiva learned traditional drums from her grandmother and continues to perpetuate her heritage and celebrate her community's spirit.

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LUCIE PÁCHOVÁ

MULTIMEDIA COMPOSER, SINGER / CZECH REPUBLIC

Raised on Central European folk music, Lucie Páchová's music draws on musical backgrounds including contemporary classical, jazz, Balkan, experimental, electronic, and free improvisation. Graduating from Janácek Academy of Music and Performing Arts, she focuses on new media theater performances, experimenting with projections, dance and sound installations. In addition to playing with her band, Talaqpo, Lucie has worked with established artists and ensembles from around the world.

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MALABIKA BRAHMA

BAUL LEAD VOCALIST, SONGWRITER / INDIA

Malabika Brahma is a vocalist and composer based in India. Her music is a fusion of folk, blues and Indian classical music, influenced by Vedic Hinduism and Baul mystic minstrel tradition. Malabika tours regularly, performing at religious Ashrams and Akharas and community Melas, as well as popular music festivals. She has recorded and collaborated with many renowned musicians, including UK-based saxophonist Tony Roberts.

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MANUEL RANGEL

MARACAS, ELECTRONIC TAPARA, ACOUSTIC GUITAR / VENEZUELA

Manuel Alejandro Rangel is an internationally acclaimed maracas player from Venezuela. As a soloist, he won first place at the Villavicencio Festival in Colombia and recently represented his country at the Tatuí International Percussion Festival in Brazil. He contributed to the Latin Grammy-winning album Tesoros de la Música Venezolana and tours internationally, sharing the stage with some of his country's greatest musicians.

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MASTA MIC

BEATBOXER / RUSSIA

Dmitry Burmistrov (aka Masta Mic) is a musician, producer, multi-vocalist and internationally recognized beatboxer based in Russia. After learning to beatbox, Masta Mic started posting videos online and became a YouTube sensation. Masta Mic has since performed with many acclaimed musicians, hosted TV programs, and led the Russian beatbox team at the La Cup competition.

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MPUMELELO MCATA

SONGWRITER / SOUTH AFRICA

Mpumelelo Mcata (Mpumi) is a member of one of the most innovative bands South Africa has seen this generation, BLK JKS. They are known for their individuality and open approach to music and cultural identity. Born in Port Elizabeth, Mpumi attended high school in Johannesburg. He passed on the option to continue his formal education for the experience of touring the world with his band. Following BLK JKS's critical acclaim, Mpumi has begun directing music videos and documentary films.

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OMAR AMADO

PERCUSSIONIST, DRUMMER / VENEZUELA

Omar Amado is a 28-year-old percussionist and drummer from Caracas, Venezuela. He is the manager and musical producer of Tambores Mestizo, a group that fuses elements of electronic music with Afro-Venezuelan drums.

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PARAMI SHYON

PIANIST, COMPOSER / BURMA

Parami Shyon is a classically trained pianist based in Burma. Beginning his studies at age 10, Parami refined his playing at Mandalay University and Mahidol University in Thailand. He has performed at international jazz festivals and has served as musical director for musicals, plays and puppet shows. Parami has led numerous workshops and performances for non-profit arts and social outreach organizations, and has participated in cultural exchange events.

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AHMED ROCK

RAPPER / Egypt

Ahmed Rock was born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt and is one of the pioneers of the Egyptian hip-hop scene. He is a member of Revolution Records, the Alexandria-based collective that changed Egyptian hip-hop by delivering a clear and artistic message that is realistic, political, and philosophical.

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RUTH LEA DANON

SINGER, FLUTIST / ISRAEL

Ruth Danon is a singer-songwriterand flutist based in Israel. Ruth began performing and singing at a young age, and her music and Hebrew lyrics draw influences from both contemporary and classical works. Her musical approach comes from a love of language and syntax. Ruth has experimented with traditional and modern lyrics and musical styles. She now focuses on modern compositions, incorporating drum machines, sound effects and synths.

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SARAH ALDEN

VIOLINIST, VOCALIST & COMPOSER / USA

Sarah Alden is a fiddler, singer, and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. Her music is influenced by folk traditions from the Balkans, Eastern Europe and the United States. Alden is a member of the band Luminescent Orchestrii, and toured internationally and collaborated with the Grammy award-winning outfit Carolina Chocolate Drops. Sarah currently teaches with The Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music.

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DARBUKA SIVA

DRUMMER, PRODUCER / INDIA

Darbuka Siva is a self-taught drummer, percussionist and bassist based in India. Beginning drums at the age of 17, Siva was drawn to latin and world percussion like the darbuka, djembe and cajon. He has led projects combining different art forms with contemporary Indian classical music, including a collection of ancient Sanskrit shlokams in a project called La Pongal, which fuses traditional Tamil folk and contemporary pop, and experimental works with Bengali Baul musicians.

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TOUSSA

RAPPER / SENEGAL

Toussa (aka Astou Gueye) was born in Dakar, Senegal. From a young age, she enjoyed listening to hip-hop, international pop music, and the poetry of the female West African artist Taasu. She developed her own special set of influences through Southern hip-hop, French underground, and Senegalese mbalax pop. Today, she is the founder and president of GOTAL, an all- female collective of 11 MC's and singers.

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YANG FAN

GUITARIST, COMPOSER / CHINA

Yang Fan is a Beijing-based musician, composer and producer. At the age of 15, Yang Fan started a band called Hang On The Box, the first ever all-girl punk band from China. In 2007, Yang founded her second band, Ourself Beside Me, which experimented with alternative modes of songwriting. Since then, Yang has worked on composing and performing music for theatre and film.

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YC THE CYNIC

MC, SONGWRITER / USA

Born in the poorest congressional district in the country and the birthplace of hip-hop in Bronx NY, Matthew Jefferson (aka YC The Cynic) has become a torchbearer for progressive hip-hop. A founder of RDACBX, a hip-hop community center, YC has begun teaching youth the "Art of Rap." In 2010, he was named one of the "Top 5 Under- ground Hip-Hop Artists in NYC" by The Deli Magazine.

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YOUNG YORN

SINGER, COMPOSER / CAMBODIA

Young Yorn is a composer, singer, and musician who plays pop and classical style Khmer music. Born in Kampong Thom, Cambodia, Young studied at the MSL Arts Club, Apsara Arts Association School, and University of Fine Arts. For over ten years, he has contributed to arts organizations as a musician, writer, singer, theatrical teacher, and school director and continues to perform across Cambodia, Thailand, and Singapore.

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ADITI BHAGWAT

FOOT PERCUSSIONIST / INDIA

Aditi Bhagwat is an award-winning foot percussionist and dancer from India. Aditi specializes in the Jaipur style of classical Indian dance. The radiant storytelling of the Kathak traditions finds a strong place in Aditi's intrinsic rhythmic sensibility. Aditi weaves the arcs of bells, graceful stomps, and echoing stillness throughout the theatrics of Kathak.

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ALESH

RAPPER, MC / DRC

Alain Chirwisa (a.k.a. Alesh) delivers potent rhymes aimed at the heart of corruption both in and out of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Darting between sub bass drops and militant rolls of piccolo snares, Alesh deftly crafts thought-provoking lines in French, Swahili, and Lingala.

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AMIR ELSAFFAR

TRUMPET, SANTUR PLAYER / USA

Chicago-born Amir ElSaffar mines Iraqi maqams from deep within the bell of his brass. A skilled trumpeter with a classical background, Amir's unresolved, ascending melodies teeter on the edge of silence, only to be cushioned by a long, sighing note. In 2006, he founded Safaafir, the only ensemble in the US performing Iraqi Maqam in its traditional format.

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ANTON SERGEEV

DJ, ENGINEER / RUSSIA

One half of the glitch-pop duo Zotovy Brothers, Anton Sergeev (aka Maskeliade) is an adventurous musician, DJ, and engineer based in Russia. Anton mashes screeching noise-drenched samplers with the thud of bit-crushed drum machines. With video, projection, web, and graphic design also in his cre- ative arsenal, Anton's digital worldview has made him a unique performer.

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AQUIL CHARLTON

DJ, RAPPER / USA

Nonchalant DJ and hip hop powerhouse Aquil Charlton is a pioneer of youth-minded social entrepreneurship. As mrAquil of Animate Objects, the emcee shores up the group's muted retro-tinged beats with cerebral, literate rhymes. Aquil divides his time spitting rollicking witticisms and empowering his community of young urban artists.

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AYMAN MABROUL

PERCUSSIONIST / EGYPT

With darbuka, rig, frame drums, cajon, djembe, naghara, a modern drum set, and rare rhythmic intuition at his disposal, Egyptian percussionist Ayman Mabrouk's talent spans classical and contemporary world traditions. Ayman creates Arab ballads and German electronica with equal enthusiasm and dexterity.

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CEASAR K

DJ, PRODUCER / LEBANON

DJ and vinyl aficionado Kayssar Kahwagi (a.k.a. Ceasar K) gravitates towards analog and vintage sounds: grainy sliced samples, swinging hi-hats, bouncing acid style baselines are intercut with fil- tered deadpan vocals. Headquartered in Beirut, Ceaser introduced European breakbeat to the Middle East.

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CHANCE MCCOY

FIDDLER, DULCIMER PLAYER / USA

Champion fiddle player Chance McCoy embodies the pioneering spirit of his Appalachian roots. Wandering melodies and plaintive ballads, animated by virtuosic banjo and violin playing, breathe life into this traditional mountain music. An award-winning musician and singer, he currently performs with beloved Americana outfit Old Crow Medicine Show.

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DOMENICA FOSSATI

FLUTIST, SINGER / USA

Domenica Fossati is an electrifying performer and a sensitive collaborator. She is the frontwoman behind the afrobeat ensemble Underground System, one of the only groups in the scene to feature a female lead singer. Trilingual and well acquainted with Yoruba and Ewe ethnic tongues, her original lyrics and knowledge of traditional African dance grant her work anecdotal authenticity.

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EDWARD RAMIREZ

CUATRO PLAYER / VENEZUELA

A native of Venezuela, Edward Ramirez plays in the densely arranged acoustic ensemble, C4Trio. The galloping counterpoint of his cuatro melodies are bright and cavalier. Having earned the title of "Best Ensemble" at the 2011 International Guitar Biennial, the C4Trio rides high on Edward's near frantic and dizzying agility.

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EVA SALINA PRIMACK

SINGER / NEW YORK

A native of Santa Cruz, California, Eva Salina Primack ranks among today's preeminent interpreters of Balkan vocal music in the U.S. Beginning her training at the tender age of seven, Eva extended her honeyed voice across hymnal and bucolic spheres. Her singing barters for mournful spirits from the Cau- casus to Appalachia to feed its rooted yet innovative sound.

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HELIO VANIMAL

SINGER-SONGWRITER / MOZAMBIQUE

Helio Vanimal's boisterous raps and parading vocal melodies are balanced with an unchanging backdrop of profound compassion. Helio hopes that his parodic, exuberant performances can offer moments of respite from tragedy, as he feels that joy and positivity make for potent medicine when facing adversity.

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JESSICA SRIN

RAPPER, MC / CAMBODIA

Jessica Srin, a.k.a. MC Lisha, is resident rapper of the Khmer KlapYaHandz collective and the undis- puted mistress of Cambodia's thriving hip-hop scene. Firing mercilessly tight verses in English, Khmer, and Jarai, Lisha is a coveted partner in the local freestyle circuit. If her lyrics have a militant tenor, it's because she drops rhymes aimed to educate and empower Cambodia's teens, especially girls.

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JOHNBERN THOMAS

DRUMMER / HAITI

Hailing from Port-au-Prince, Johnbern Thomas' repertoire maps the vibrant percussion styles of the Caribbean. From jazz, to swing, reggae, pop, blues, to traditional Haitian kompa and rara, his suped-up drum kit reveals the region's dynamic cultural mélange.

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KATO CHANGE

GUITARIST / KENYA

A charismatic performer with inimitable improv chops, Kato Change flirts with virtuosity. Hailing from Kenya, the guitarist's beaming onstage persona is paired with a nimble command of his instrument. Kato continually draws from a heritage of jazz legends as well as flamenco, rhythm & blues and rock genres, creating sounds that are both familiar and utterly singular.

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KAYODE KUTI

BASSIST / NIGERIA

Picking up the bass at thirteen, self-taught Michael Kayode Kuti quickly took to the swaggering hypnotic rhythms of Yoruban juju and highlife music. Though he had originally intended on following the path of serene gospel music, the budding ace was unexpectedly offered the chance of a lifetime when he was asked to join the legendary Egypt 80 band, formed by Nigerian afrobeat star Fela Kuti.

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KYUNGSO PARK

GAYAGEUM PLAYER / SOUTH KOREA

Kyungso Park's gayageum compositions flow from the tranquil naturalist tendencies of classical Korean string music. Kyungso's three solo albums flaunt modern production techniques, spaced-out house beats, and tunneling echoes, all embellishing her dazzling melodic runs. Drawing her influences from "earth, metal, wood, silk," her work is a serene conduit for the passage of environmental states.

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MUTHONI NDONGA

SINGER, PRODUCER / KENYA

Muthoni Ndonga (self-styled as Muthoni "The Drummer Queen") mashes vocal acrobatics with frenetic pounding to animate spirited dance music. The Kenyan singer songwriter tears through the subwoof- ers of Nairobi's underground dance clubs, deploying contemporary rhythms of dubstep, house, and neo soul as well as older African styles like afrobeat and taarab (east African orchestral music).

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NINA OGOT

SINGER-SONGWRITER / KENYA

Award-winning singer songwriter Nina Ogot weaves traditional and contemporary Kenyan sounds into vibrant, infectious pop. A versatile singer and guitarist with lyrics that co-mingle French, English, Lingala, Luo, and Swahili, Nina connects with large and diverse audiences. Blending Western folk, afropop, and, more recently, electronica, she delivers a soulful and magnetic sound.

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PARFUM ZOLA

PERCUSSIONIST / DRC

Moving with a calm, joyful cadence, Parfum Zola's grooves are smooth and effortless. The Kinshasa based percussionist's glowing talent was acknowledged by renowned New York bassist, Ari Roland, who concluded that he had never, in his ten years of touring, seen such promise in a young drummer.

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PIOTR KUREK

PRODUCER / POLAND

Warsaw-based producer Piotr Kurek invents dense hypnotic instrumental worlds inspired by primeval chants and industrial ambience. Piotr favors spidery organ lines, creaking accordions and other analog flourishes in his electro-acoustic productions. Also known for his work with pioneering breakcore group Slepcy, Piotr uses jazz, krautrock, and classical art music as the bedrock of his wintry soundscapes.

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PAUL PISSETY SAGNA

SINGER, COMPOSER / CAMBODIA

Growing up in the working class neighborhood of Rufisque, Senegal, Paul Pissity Sagna (aka PPS) hustled his way into the spotlight as a politically conscientious rapper and banner-bearing graffiti artist. While admired for his poetic lyrics and steady flow, his talents surpass these typical markers of a successful M.C. His ethos of "Guimi Guindi," to stay awake and conscientious, is his driving principle.

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SAYAK BARUA

SARODE PLAYER / INDIA

Born into a family with a profound lineage of musi- cians and artists, Sayak Barua is committed to sharing the sarode, an Indian instrument belonging to a rich classical tradition that "uplifts the soul and spirit." Infusing eastern raga style with western traditions of blues and jazz, Sayak's passages spark with meditative drones and flickering improvisations.

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SIDSE HOLTE

SINGER-SONGWRITER / DENMARK

Indie singer songwriter Sidse Holte furnishes Den- mark's musical landscape with sonorous, bittersweet melodies. The multi-instrumentalist, lyricist, and com- poser was the wunderkind behind a number of radio hits before taking a leading role as vocalist for the dreamy acoustic pop duo Monkey Cup Dress.

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SONG-HEE KWON

PANSORI VOCALIST / SOUTH KOREA

With the caress of trembling, ineffable notes, Song-Hee Kwon beguiles ancient wisdom from times past for her very modern audience. An award-winning singer trained in the traditional Korean pansori vocal style, Song-Hee belts out soaring melodies, vivid trills, and cathartic narratives.

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SRI JOKO RAHARJO

PERCUSSIONIST, PUPPETEER / INDONESIA

Sri Joko Raharjo assiduously brings his immaculate shadow puppet productions and chiming gamelan music to grand stages and small villages. With a passion for sweeping narratives, the Indonesian musician and puppeteer's classical renditions contain clever folk wisdom and astute allegories, which he believes are the lifeblood of his culture.

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USMAN RIAZ

GUITARIST, PIANIST / PAKISTAN

Pakistani rock phenom Usman Riaz wields prodigious talent in the league of his influences, guitarists Kaki King and Michael Hedges. Shredding solos, accentuated by lightening fast picking and hand- tapped polyrhythms demarcate his percussive guitar style, which caught the eye of EMI Records and the global TED conference.

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VERA JONAS

SINGER, PRODUCER / HUNGARY

Phasing electronic loops, atonal vocals, and an untraditional rhythmic vocabulary are some of the beautiful idiosyncrasies that can be found in Vera Jonas' music. A vanguard of the experimental music scene in Hungary, Vera captivates audiences with her bewitching multilayered soundscapes. Within each spectral pastiche, one discerns the meticulous arrangements of a classically trained composer.

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WAEL JEGHAM

PRODUCER, ENGINEER / TUNISIA

Mixing melismatic Berber melodies with mangled samples and raucous electronic beats, Wael Jegham brazenly overhauls the sound of the Maghreb. Wael's group A5Tuna draws upon the diverse musical styles of North Africa, including Rai, Chaabi, Malouf, and Tichumaren, with punk vigor. Windy guitar licks and aggressive drum fills are blended with synth runs and stabs of local instruments.

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WEI WEI

LAPTOP, ENGINEER / CHINA

As one of the leading female experimental musicians in mainland China, Wei Wei's intrepid sound balances atmospheric field recordings with impro- visational synthesis and processed signals. What others might consider environmental noise --electronic clicks, insect buzzing-- Wei Wei uses as her unique sonic palette.

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WERONIKA PARTYKA

SAXOPHONIST, SINGER / POLAND

Marrying eclectic instrumentation and a quivering "white voice" technique with modern electro-acoustic manipulation, Weronika Partyka invokes a place of longing. Her group, Vidlunnia, derived from the Ukrainian word for echo, gestures to the ancestral rites of an Eastern European folk tradition that is spectral and unearthly, reinterpreting rural Polish music across space and time.

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YOUMNA SABA

SINGER, OUD PLAYER / LEBANON

Youmna Saba is a mature siren of lilting melodies. Pairing her visceral command of acoustic and melan- choly vocals with traditional Arabic stringed oud and luscious maqam singing style, Youmna experiments with unconventional prepared techniques and the use of non-musical objects in her recordings.

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OneBeat is an international cultural exchange that celebrates the transformative power of the arts through the creation of original, inventive music, and people-to-people diplomacy. OneBeat brings young musicians (ages 19-35) from around the world to the U.S. for one month to collaboratively write, produce, and perform original music, and develop ways that music can make a positive impact on our local and global communities. More than a performance program, OneBeat balances three principles -- dialogue, creation, and social engagement -- to foster mutual understanding and cooperation among citizens of the world.

OneBeat begins with a two-week Residency, when Fellows create original material, record new musical ideas, and develop workshops to engage local communities. This is followed by a two-week Tour, when Fellows give performances, collaborate with local musicians and lead workshops with youth and communities groups.

OneBeat is a musical journey like no other. It is a chance for adventurous musicians from an incredible diversity of traditions to seek common ground, create new musical combinations, push the boundaries of music technology, and find ways to involve all members of society in the process of musical creativity. OneBeat endeavors to be the nexus of a new way of thinking about how music can connect people from across the world and around the block.

In the first two years of OneBeat, 57 musicians from 24 countries gave a dozen public performances for over 6,000 people, created 40 collaborative workshops for more than 1000 students, and appeared in 60 original short films, thousands of photos and dozens of recorded tracks. After the program itself, Fellows have continued the work and spirit of OneBeat with long-term musical collaborations, and interconnected socially-engaged projects based in Fellows' home countries.

"OneBeat is the program the realizes the dream of any musician in the world: to develop their musical talent and mix it with other cultures. It teaches you important things that complement your musical career, and gives you the opportunity to have 25 friends from all parts of the world."
Manuel Rangel, 2013 Fellow from Venezuela

"Saying that this is a musical collaboration and engagement for me feels like it doesn't encompass everything that OneBeat is. It's definitely something more than just music and art. For me it feels like a way of life."
Siva Darbuka, 2013 Fellow from India

ECA: OneBeat is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Bureau supports U.S. foreign policy by fostering mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through academic, cultural, sports, and professional exchanges that engage women, youth, underserved communities, educators, artists, athletes, and rising leaders in the U.S. and more than 160 countries.

Found Sound Nation: OneBeat is produced by Found Sound Nation (FSN), an eclectic group of musicians, producers, and artists who have a strong sense of social engagement. Working with people across the globe, from schools to prisons, from young to old, and partnering with local youth, social organizations, music festivals, and artists across all disciplines, FSN creates an imagined musical nation that transcends geographical, linguistic, and political borders. The work of FSN uses the expressive power of music, audio, and video production to give voice to underrepresented communities, unlock the creative potential of youth, and build bridges between communities separated by cultures, economic disparities, and geography. Found Sound Nation is the social engagement wing of Bang on a Can, the groundbreaking organization for new music.

Bang on a Can: Bang on a Can is dedicated to making music new. Since its first Marathon concert in 1987, Bang on a Can has been creating an international community dedicated to innovative music, wherever it is found. With adventurous programs, it commissions new composers, performs, presents, and records new work, develops new audiences, and educates the musicians of the future. Bang on a Can is building a world in which powerful new musical ideas flow freely across all genres and borders. Bang on a Can plays "a central role in fostering a new kind of audience that doesn't concern itself with boundaries. If music is made with originality and integrity, these listeners will come." (The New York Times)

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