OneBeat Istanbul brings together young socially-engaged musicians from Turkey’s many ethnic backgrounds and those temporarily fleeing conflict, with musicians from the U.S. to collaboratively invent music-driven projects that contribute to building resilient civil societies. During the 10-day program, OneBeat Istanbul fellows engage in a series of collaborative music endeavors, developing new musical works in pairs and small ensembles, and designing and leading youth engagement activities with a focus on young refugees and other marginalized communities. Fellows will also produce events throughout the city, culminating in a final showcase presenting original musical works and proposed ideas for future projects. OneBeat Istanbul empowers participants to become leading forces in their communities, employing their musical and entrepreneurial skills to address important issues such as combating discrimination, promoting democratic participation, women’s empowerment, creative economies, and youth education.
Meet the 2017 Fellows
We’re thrilled to announce this year’s 25 OneBeat 2017 Fellows. For our sixth iteration of the OneBeat program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State, we’ve selected adventurous artists from over 1200 applicants worldwide, comprising 17 countries, from Brazil to Jordan to Kazakhstan to Zimbabwe. This year’s fellows include South African vocalist Nonku Phiri; Aisaana Omorova, a komuz (traditional three-stringed strummed instrument) player from Kyrgyzstan; Chicago-based producer Elijah Jamal; and Belarusian producer and singer Natallia Kunitskaya. These Fellows will convene September 20th and spend two weeks at the Pacific Northwest’s Caldera Arts Center near Sisters, Oregon. After an intensive residency spent creating original music and developing exciting new global projects, the Fellows will embark on a socially-engaged performing and educational tour across the Mountain West and Great Plains, stopping in Boise, Idaho, Jackson, Wyoming, and Fort Collins, Colorado. More details about our tour schedule and events coming soon!
OneBeat Alumni Spotlights December 2015: Kyla-Rose Smith, Aquil Charlton and Sanaya Ardeshir
In our December 2015 OneBeat Alumni Spotlights, we feature projects and news that showcase our alumni actively engaging with their communities and making a difference through music and art. Kyla-Rose Smith – Hear Be Dragons OneBeat 2014 Fellow This past spring, Kyla-Rose Smith designed and led Hear Be Dragons, a community-based education and creative arts initiative designed to bring together young people to map the sonic landscape of their lives. The core of the project was a series of workshops in Cape Town, South Africa and Brooklyn, where groups of participants (ages 18-22 years old) investigate the ways in which sound and the urban environment influence our quality of life, our perception of history and memory, and our notions of identity, place and time. Through audio recordings and conversations around neighborhood identity, each group developed a set of original sound pieces or songs, eventually […]