Read about our program’s nine international Fellows, from Russia and the United States.
OneBeat 2014 Film
In October 2014, the groundbreaking music diplomacy project OneBeat brought 25 musicians from 17 countries around the world to the U.S. for a month of collaboration. 2014’s OneBeat program began with a two-week residency at the Montalvo Arts Center in the Bay Area followed by a two-week tour to Los Angeles, Arizona, and New Mexico. In each of these locations OneBeat musicians spent several days performing, leading youth workshops, and facilitating public music-making events. OneBeat is an initiative of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, produced by Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation. Events OneBeat SF – October 15th, 2014 San Francisco, CA 2 – 5pm / Pop-up performances in iconic spaces around the city / Free 7-11pm / Public Works / $10 suggested donation | Invitation Found Sound Nation and the Global Lives Project present OneBeat SF, a music-media event featuring 20+ artists and musicians mixing melodies, vocals […]
Mixtape Interview: ETYEN
“’If We Could Only See’ mirrors the progression of our 4-weeks: moving from the peacefulness of the OneBeat residency to being on the road, where time suddenly started passing by fast and everything was coming to an end. Albeit a beautiful one.” — OneBeat 2015 Fellow, Samer Chami a.k.a ETYEN You’ve spent time working as a producer in London, as well as the United States. How has your time abroad shaped your approach to beat making? Every time I travel and take part in musical endeavors I return to Beirut with a fresh outlook on life, music and what I want to achieve. Everything gets thrown into question. You meet people and musicians from such completely different walks of life, each with their own musical journey and ambitions. It’s truly inspiring and at the same time it always makes me reassess my approach to music making. Each of these experiences allows me to mature as a music […]