2014

  • Videos
  • Photo Blog
  • People
  • Events

OneBeat 2014

This October, the groundbreaking music diplomacy project OneBeat will bring 25 musicians from 17 countries around the world to the U.S. for a month of collaboration. This year's OneBeat program begins with a two-week residency at the Montalvo Arts Center in the Bay Area followed by a two-week tour to Los Angeles, Arizona, and New Mexico. In each of these locations OneBeat musicians will spend several days giving performances, leading youth workshops, and facilitating public music-making events. OneBeat is an initiative of the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, produced by Bang on a Can's Found Sound Nation.

OneBeat 2014 Shows & Events

  • OneBeat SF - Octber 15th
  • OneBeat Montalvo - Octber 19th
  • Sonos Showcase: Improvising Democracy - Octber 22nd
  • Mariachi Plaza: Musical Muertos Mundiales - Octber 24th
  • OneBeat Living Room Concert - Octber 25th
  • OneBeat Arcosanti - Octber 28th
  • Sister Round Robin - Octber 30th
  • OneBeat Albuquerque - November 1st

Wednesday, October 15th

San Francisco, CA

OneBeat SF

2 - 5pm / Pop-up performances in iconic spaces around the city / Free

7-11pm / Public Works / $10 suggested donation

Invitation
Found Sound Nation and the Global Lives Project present OneBeat SF, a music-media event featuring 20+ artists and musicians mixing melodies, vocals and beats against the backdrop of Global Lives video work.

OneBeat musicians and staff partner with Bay Area independent filmmakers, COMPOUND and the creative agency Projector to produce a series of spontaneous live pop-up performances and video shoots throughout San Francisco. Write 1beat@foundsoundnation.org for more details about locations.

A one-of-a-kind audio-video jam, works performed at OneBeatSF are a radical re-imagining of \'world music\' - with works created exclusively for this event via a seven-day collaboration-convergence of artists and musicians from around the globe. Colombian percussion, Arabic classical vocals, Ukrainian indie rock, reimagined Kyrgyz folk tunes and more, will be juxtaposed against videos of everyday life from around the world produced by the Global Lives Collective.

Public Works

161 Erie Street

San Francisco, CA 94103

publicsf.com

Sunday, October 19th

Saratoga, CA

OneBeat Montalvo

11am - 4pm / Montalvo Arts Center / Free

Invitation
A multi-location music performance that explores the musical potential of the extraordinary grounds of the Montalvo Arts Center.

Part concert, part musical festival, the program will feature small group performances staged throughout Montalvo\'s grounds and buildings that showcase unique new works created by OneBeat during their month-long stay at the Lucas Artists Residency Program. Guests are invited to mingle among the musicians as they perform and later gather in the Garden Theatre for a longer ensemble performance.

Montalvo Arts Center

15400 Montalvo Rd

Saratoga, CA 95071

montalvoarts.org

Wednesday, October 22nd

Los Angeles, CA

Sonos Showcase: Improvising Democracy

8 - 10pm / Sonos Studios / Free with RSVP

Improvisation in the 21st Century - An Exploration of Improvisation and Technology in partnership with Ableton and Blue Note.

This interactive performance will feature a global mix of OneBeat musicians as they explore diverse styles of musical improvisation from straight-ahead jazz to Cuban rumba to interaction with intelligent technologies, powered by innovative music software Ableton Live. OneBeat uses musical improvisation as a means of international diplomacy, as well as an allegory for freedom of expression, collective creativity, and authentic cross-cultural exchange. Presented in partnership with Ableton, and celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Blue Note records.

Sonos Studio

145 N La Brea Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90036

sonos-studio.com

Friday, October 24th

Los Angeles, CA

Mariachi Plaza: Musical Muertos Mundiales

7-10 pm / Mariachi Plaza & Mbar / Free

1Beat & the Boyle Heights Farmers Market present Musical Muertos Mundiales: A celebration of musical cultures from around the world and from three historic neighborhoods in downtown LA: Boyle Heights, the Arts District, and Little Tokyo.

Colliding sounds and stories from around the world on the stage of one of LA\'s most beloved public performance spaces. OneBeat at Mariachi Square features the music of 25 OneBeat Fellows -- young professional musicians from 17 countries who all share a desire to use their music to make the world a better place -- in collaboration with young musicians from the historic Boyle Heights & Little Tokyo neighborhoods. This concert will explore the visible and invisible boundaries in the City of Angels and around the world, as well as ways that music can be used to bridge cultural gaps with the power of groovy beats and mesmerizing melodies. This will be followed by a Halloween dance after-party across the street at the M Bar. After party will feature local Cumbia band A Poco No, plus DJ sets from 1Beat fellows & local tropical DJ, Fresko.

Mariachi Plaza

Pleasant Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90033

mariachiplazalosangeles.com

M Bar Boyle Heights

1846 E 1st St

Los Angeles, CA 90033

Facebook

Saturday, October 25th

Los Angeles, CA

OneBeat Living Room Concert

8-11 pm / Art Share L.A. / Free

A musical immersion in the global collaborative laboratory of OneBeat at Arts Share L.A.

Welcome to the global collaborative laboratory of OneBeat, where 25 musicians from around the world will fill the many rooms of the Art Share building with performances and sound installations that bridge sonic and social worlds. Part house party, part participatory sound experiment, part geo-political dialogue, this unforgettable evening will trace the musical connections between oft-estranged continents, neighborhoods, and ideologies.

Art Share L.A.

801 E 4th Pl

Los Angeles, CA 90013

Tuesday, October 28th

Arcosanti, AZ

OneBeat Arcosanti

7-9 pm (dinner at 6pm for $10) / Arcosanti / Free with RSVP

This intimate performance will utilize the unique desert architecture and acoustics of Arcosanti, as we explore themes of human beings\' relationship with natural forces, and reflect on how humanity has changed the ecology and landscape.

Hailing from Egypt to Venezuela, this year's fellows include a percussionist and educator from Recife, Brazil; a singer-songwriter and composer from Istanbul, Turkey; an experimental vocalist from Java, Indonesia; and twenty-two other incredible musicians. We are excited to introduce you to this exceptionally diverse crew, and to invite you to see and hear the explosion of new multimedia content that they will soon share with the world. Admission is FREE, but registration is absolutely required. Dinner will be available at 6 pm in the Arcosanti Cafe @$10 per person and will include vegan/vegetarian/gluten-free options.

Cafe At Arcosanti

13555 S Cross L Rd

Cordes Lakes, AZ 86333

arcosanti.org

Thursday, October 30th

Albuquerque, NM

Sister Round Robin

8pm / Sister Bay Abq / Free

Sister Bar will host musicians from across ABQ and around the world in a rolling, spontaneous improv session, ranging from the funky to the sublime.

A warm-up to our Nov 1 performance at the Rail Yards, this spontaneous round-robin improv session will bring together OneBeat musicians -- 25 socially engaged musicians from 17 countries -- and a group of musicians from ABQ in an improv session that spans genres and continents. Ranging from the funky to the sublime, the absurd to the awesome, come be a part of this unique music and geo-political dialogue, and hang out with an incredible crew of musicians from every corner of the globe.

Sister Bar

407 Central Ave NW

Albuquerque, NM 87102

sisterthebar.com

Saturday, November 1st

Albuquerque, NM

OneBeat Albuquerque

5-9pm / Rail Yards / $5 suggested donation

Wedged in between Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos, this event will partner a global cadre musicians with a crew of ABQ artists to celebrate a global diversity of musical and artistic expressions of the journeys of spirit.

The theme of this year's OneBeat is the Audible Invisible, finding sonic expressions for the invisible powers that control us, from gravity to electromagnetism to culture. The Rail Yards show on November 1 - wedged between Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos - will explore concepts of Spirit, one of the great invisible human universals. While the OneBeat musicians come from radically different backgrounds and religious beliefs (or lack thereof), they are all fascinated with the journey of spirit and particularly the notions of "thresholds" which spirits cross in life, death and other transformations. Interwoven with this musical performance will be art and video installations along these same themes. Featured visual artists include Augustine Romero, Michelle Montjoy, Ellen Babcock and others to be announced.

Save the date and don\'t miss OneBeat Albuquerque!

Albuquerque Rail Yards

Blacksmith Shop ("The Yards")

777 1st St. SW (between Stover & Hazeldine Streets south of Coal Ave.)

Facebook

Residency

8
8

Residency

9

Residency

10

Residency

11

Residency

12

Residency

13

Residency

14

Residency

15

Residency

16

Residency

17

Residency

18

Residency

19

Residency

20

Residency

21

Tour

22

Tour

23

Tour

24

Tour

25

Tour

26

Tour

27

Tour

28

Tour

29

Tour

30

Tour

31

Tour

1

Tour

2

Tour

3

Tour

4
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4

Follow Us

#1beat

2014 Partners & Supporters

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