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.
OneBeat 2016: Othnell + Mukta
Tabla player Mukta Raste and mbira player, percussionist, and vocalist Othnell Moyo combine their rhythmic talents in this special duo moment, filmed atop the New Orleans levee / park area affectionately known as The End of the World. The five percussionists in this year’s OneBeat program spent a lot of time together trading music and techniques, and even formed a percussion ensemble that was featured in several performances. Video and audio by Jacob Blumberg (masonjarmusic.com).
OneBeat 2015 Portrait – Ng Chor Guan
Ng Chor Guan is a composer and sound designer for theatre, dance, film and new media based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. “I started to make music very unconsciously, because when I was 5 or 6 years old, every time when I would watch cartoons on TV — and because we have a big family — it’s a lot of noise happening, and sometimes my uncle or someone, my grandma would say, ‘oh it’s too noisy, from the cartoon, can we turn off the sound?’ So we’d turn off the sound, and I’d start to manipulate the sound from the cartoon when I was small. So I think from there, I actually started to make up music. People always talk about technology being so cold, it makes people so separate, so isolated. But I think that’s why I wanted to create the mobile phone orchestra. I wanted people to get in […]