Fellow-to-Fellow: Youmna Saba x Kyla-Rose Smith
Youmna Saba (OneBeat 2012) is a Beirut-based oud player, vocalist and scholar. Kyla-Rose Smith (OneBeat 2015) is a Brooklyn/Cape Town-based violinist and organizer. Fellow-to-Fellow is an ongoing interview series featuring in-depth discussions between OneBeat alumni. ** Kyla-Rose Smith: What were some of your strongest musical experiences collaborating with musicians from other cultures? Youmna Saba: I was able to ask Kyungso Park from South Korea, ‘what mode are you playing in, let me try this on my oud’, or listen to Sayak Barua‘s ornamentation on the Indian sarode and try to incorporate them in my musical phrases. I had the opportunity to recite spoken rhythmic patterns with Aditi Bhagwat (stumbling upon the syllables when the tempo got too fast). I discussed conceptual compositions with electronic producer Wei Wei from Beijing and turned my old Nokia into an instrument. I got to try Piotr Kurek‘s weird machines and have an impromptu performance using a pseudo-toy keyboard. KRS: What drives your own music-making? Why or how is collaboration important for you […]
OneBeat 2016: Grace Love + Denis Kudryavcev
Early on during OneBeat 2016, Grace Love (Seattle, WA) and Denis Kudryavcev (Minsk, Belarus) formed a beautiful and much-beloved duo. They recorded several tracks and were featured often in our live performances. About this song, entitled Friendship Ring, Grace shares, “This is a song about people who love you through your ups and downs — only a good friend can do that.” Video and audio by Jacob Blumberg (masonjarmusic.com). Filmed in New Orleans, LA.