Videography by Temujin Doran
Neil Chua Creates “Memoirs. De Melodies”
Ruan player Neil Chua created and performed the collaborative concert “Memoirs. De Melodies 吟遊”, a project inspired by his time at OneBeat and supported by the U.S. Embassy of Singapore and the High Commission Of Malaysia, Singapore. “Memoirs. De Melodies吟遊” brought together multiple cultures and instruments via three highly accomplished instrumentalists, Neil Chua ( Ruan), Tang Xiao Feng ( Pipa ) and Liu Le ( Gu zheng ), as well as a performance by fellow OneBeat alumni from Indonesia, Peni Candrarini.
“Ellen Pakkies” – 2016 Mixtape Interview: Ama Diaka
“Music plays the role of the enforcer, the mediator, the peacemaker, and the highlighter of issues in affecting change in my society.” – OneBeat 2016 fellow Ama Diaka What inspired your words in the piece Ellen Pakkies? When and how did you write them? I wrote Ellen Pakkies after (bassist) Benjamin Jephta gave me a brief background of the story and sent the music he had composed to me. I did some research, watched the trial online and pretended to assume the identity of Ellen Pakkies to enable me write as though I were her. A brief description of the story: In 2007, Ellen Pakkies, a nurse and a mother, killed her 20 year old abusive tik-addicted son after 6 years of failing to get him off the drug. She went on trial, but wasn’t charged for murder because it was seen as an act of desperation. This piece has […]
OneBeat 2016 Overview
This September, OneBeat, the world’s foremost residency celebrating music as social practice, returns for its fifth year, convening innovative musicians from every region of the world to the U.S. for one exhilarating month of performances, discussions, interactive music-making events, and more. OneBeat grew out of a notion that musical collaboration is a uniquely powerful way to connect people across political and cultural barriers, which can in turn cultivate an international network of sonic change-makers who make a powerful impact on their local and global communities. This year OneBeat focuses on Musical Migrations, exploring how large movements of people have shaped music, and conversely, how music can encourage dialogue, community resilience, and rootedness in situations of displacement and upheaval. OneBeat 2016’s tour traces the route of the Great Migration, honoring the global impact of African-American music by connecting with musical communities in the birthplace of Jazz (New Orleans), the home of Bessie Smith (Chattanooga), and a […]