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.
Playing Together: Central Asian Music Academy
In the past year, 2014 Fellow Askat Jetigen Uulu has been participating in CECArtsLink’s Playing Together Central Asian Music Academy, a two-year program of workshops and performances featuring young musicians from Central Asia. The program is supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs. One ensemble to emerge from the program is Bandistan, an ensemble of talented musicians from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan who is touring through NYC and the Northeast this month. With this group, Askat performs traditional and new Central Asian music on the rarely heard komuz, qyl-qobys, ooz, setor and tanbur, as well as western instruments. The group is also experimenting with improvisation and other collaborative music methods during the tour, and leading educational workshops. Following a short residency at Carnegie Hall, the group has performances at the Asia Society, Metropolitan Museum of Art and Pioneer Works.