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U.S. Department of State, Bang on a Can's Found Sound Nation Collaborate on International OneBeat 2014

By Ian Holubiak i.holubiak@classicalite.com on Aug 26, 2014 10:59 AM EDT

The pursuit of music on a global scale may have finally been mastered with OneBeat, 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.

The mission of OneBeat is to bring cultural diplomacy around the world, providing 25 musicians (ages 19-35) from 17 countries around the world with the opportunity for a month long collaboration to produce and perform original music and develop strategies for social engagement through music.

As a release states:

OneBeat is an incubator for music-based social entrepreneurship where innovative musicians from around the world launch collaborative projects designed to make a positive impact on local and global communities. OneBeat is cultivating a groundbreaking international network of sonic change-makers, leading artistic, technological, and social innovation in music.

The program will begin with a two-week residency at the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, CA, where musicians will invent new sounds, record and produce tracks in various custom studios, design participatory workshops, jam with local musicians and brainstorm with educators from the Bay Area, organizers and entrepreneurs.

After the residency, OneBeat will take to the road for a two-week tour featuring performances, youth workshops and public music-making events in Los Angeles, Arizona and New Mexico.

The program will end with a closing residency at Ghost Ranch in northern New Mexico, where Georgia O'Keefe painted some of her most acclaimed pieces. Here, fellows will have a chance to reflect on their experience and plan projects in their home countries linked to OneBeat network.

Some of the major performances are below:

Sunday, Oct. 19: Montalvo Arts Center

Friday, Oct. 24: Mariachi Square, Boyle Heights, LA

Tuesday, Oct. 28: Arcosanti, Arizona 

Saturday, Nov. 1: Albuquerque Rail Yards, Albuquerque, NM

Keep the voice of music alive and well and reach out to your musical educators raring to do some community service for sonic exploration on a global scale.

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