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.
Fellow-to-Fellow: Sara Lucas x Elena Moon Park
Sara Lucas (OneBeat 2014) is a Brooklyn-based vocalist and guitarist, who recently toured the Americas with the OneBeat alumni ensemble LADAMA. 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. 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? Sara Lucas: Above all to listen. You have to listen to understand. And if we strive to understand each other we remain open, creative and cogent. EMP: What drives your own music-making? Why or how is collaboration important for you art? SL: As a composer and performer I strive to channel beauty in the original, personal and community creation of sound as it defines movement and time. To create music with other people is the most meaningful thing […]
Istanbul Portrait: Jinda Kanjo
Jinda Kanjo is a vocalist originally from Kobanî, Syria and currently living in Mersin, Turkey. During OneBeat Istanbul, Jinda led a workshop with displaced children from Syria, in partnership with Small Projects Istanbul. “I have been playing music since i was a child. I loved music so much, but also I wanted to study. Back then, I wanted to do something with my life. I completed primary education. I entered Conservatory and wanted to graduate from there. Then we came here (Mersin, Turkey). We fled because of the war. I couldn’t do anything about it. I could not finish my studies. The world’s common language is music. I think that children who are familiar with music and those who do not know music are not the same. Music creates a balance, a humbleness in their souls. By humbleness, i mean that music improves them. It broadens their horizons, it brings them to […]