In June 2017, Found Sound Nation led its second annual OneBeat International program, which took place in Russia’s Moscow and Tatarstan regions. OneBeat Russia brought together 13 musicians and 5 dancers for three weeks of collaborative creation and performance. Our talented photographer Sasha Arutyunova captured the experience in Sviyazhsk, Kazan, the nighttime train, and Moscow. Check out the galleries below:
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.
Fellow-to-Fellow: Kyla-Rose Smith x Elena Moon Park
Kyla-Rose Smith (OneBeat 2014) is a Brooklyn/Cape Town-based violinist and organizer. Elena Moon Park is a Brooklyn-based violinist and co-director of OneBeat. Fellow-to-Fellow is an ongoing interview series featuring in-depth discussions between OneBeat alumni. ** Elena Moon Park: Why do you think it’s important for people from different cultures to share an experience through music? Kyla-Rose Smith: Music has been a part of culture and cultural identity since time immemorial. I think that more and more, especially in a younger generation, music is a cultural identifier – your tastes determine with what and with whom you align yourself, they help you to identify your ‘tribe’ so to speak. So I think that being able to share something as universal as music is akin to being able to share the experience of finding one’s self in the confusion and complexity of life and living. I also believe that with the homogenization of culture that exists […]