OneBeat 2014 Final Reflections
From the wooded Northern California coast to the welcoming Los Angeles metropolis — from the magical Arizona desert to a packed old Albuquerque rail yard and the surrounding New Mexico vistas — 2014 OneBeat was made for you and me (sorry couldn’t resist). The 25 Fellows brought their unique blend of musical stylings and socially engaged strategies to communities across the West and Southwest, and were gifted by incredible support, enthusiasm, and encouragement along the way. They met an inspiring array of artists, students, teachers, and community members; taught workshops, led panel discussions; performed in rock clubs, art galleries, and open-air amphitheaters; and made lasting connections that span the globe. Hear more about the experience of our OneBeat 2014 Fellows in these interviews, filmed during our final days of the program in the beautiful desert of northern New Mexico.
“Zora” – 2016 Mixtape Interview: Marina Sobyanina
“It was exciting to see how important, even sacred it was for Mukta to complete the rhythmical cycles, whereas for me they were more like phrases to be combined, shortened, looped… Very inspiring to see such devotion and respect for the ancient tradition.” – OneBeat 2016 fellow Marina Sobyanina A mixture of Indian rhythms and improvisational playfulness, this piece entitled “Zora” (also affectionately known to Fellows as the “Taal piece”) results from a deep collaboration between composer / vocalist Marina Sobyanina and tabla player Mukta Raste. Marina reflects on the process of writing the piece: Where did the name of this piece (affectionately known as the “Taal piece” among the Fellows) originate? How did the idea of piece itself originate? The piece is actually called “Zora” and is inspired by the idea of a city as a living organism. The main plot and lyrics are derived from Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities: […]