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* Applications for the 2013 program are now open. Application deadline is January 21, 2013 at 5pm EST.
The second annual OneBeat program will take place from September 9 - October 6, 2013. OneBeat consists of two segments, a Residency and a Tour, each of which will run for about two weeks. While OneBeat is not able to pay Fellows performance fees, all costs will be covered for OneBeat Fellows, including travel and accommodations. Fellows will also receive a per diem during the tour, and a modest honorarium.
Residency OneBeat begins with a two-week musical residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, nestled in the coastal mangrove forests of Northeastern Florida. There OneBeat Fellows will form creative ensembles to invent new musical works, record and produce tracks in custom-built mobile studios, design social engagement workshops, and work with master musicians from various musical disciplines. The Residency is a time for Fellows to listen to one another’s musical voices and to weave together their interests, histories, and skills into unique, original works.
Tour OneBeat will then go on the road, touring from Florida up the east coast to New York City. At each tour location, OneBeat Fellows will perform the music they have developed during the residency, lead workshops with local youth and community groups, and continue to record and rehearse their original music. In addition, Fellows will get a chance to experience the unique musical culture of each location by working with local musicians, attending concerts, and exploring the local environment. At each location OneBeat ensembles will perform in public spaces ranging from outdoor music festivals to concert halls.
One Beat, Three Approaches We encourage OneBeat Fellows to work together, across borders of musical traditions and backgrounds, in three complementary approaches that we call Analog, Digital, and Social. Analog refers to creating music the ‘old fashioned’ way, getting together to explore new music with instruments and voices. In the Digital approach, OneBeat fellows make use of the latest digital technology, and work with music and video software programs. Using the Social approach, groups design and lead workshops that share their musical traditions with the surrounding community and collaborate with youth and community groups to create original music.
The OneBeat Philosophy OneBeat is designed with the belief that the creation of high-quality original music is an ideal vehicle for crossing cultural and political divides. This creative process exemplifies how people from drastically divergent musical backgrounds, with diverse training, conceptions of music, and aesthetics, can negotiate differences and find a fertile interplay of cultures that maintains the integrity of each tradition. At OneBeat we encourage musicians to listen deeply to each others’ musical voices, and to create work that values the complexity and idiosyncrasies of each tradition, creating risky, wholly unique musical works. This type of egalitarian, cross-cultural interaction continues in our discussions of social issues, as we find ways to use music to catalyze positive change in our communities and internationally.