In 2014 & 2015, Sayak traveled several times to Kabul, Afghanistan to teach at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music, and work with young people mostly from AFCECO, the Afghan Child Education and Care Organization. Sayak taught and shared his traditional North Indian music, collaborating with other musicians, young and old. Sayak conveyed his sense of urgency for cultural arts exchange in Afghanistan. In his own words, “This period of Afghanistan is very crucial and tender as presidential election results will be out very soon, and the future of the country will be made. But what has been most striking is to see is the amount of raw talent and sincerity among the young people. This period is very crucial, as it will determine which path the country chooses for itself.” Enjoy this video of the performance.
Fellow-to-Fellow: Shereen Abdo x Sara Lucas
Shereen Abdo (OneBeat 2014) is a Cairo-based vocalist, composer and activist, who recently launched a new solo project of her own compositions. Sara Lucas (OneBeat 2014) is a Brooklyn-based vocalist, who recently toured the Americas with the OneBeat alumni ensemble LADAMA. Fellow-to-Fellow is an ongoing interview series featuring in-depth discussions between OneBeat alumni. This interview was transcribed from audio. ** Sara Lucas: Why do you think it’s important for people from different cultures to share an experience through music? Shereen Abdo: It’s natural. It happens spontaneously between people. We were made to communicate and get to know each other. The process of acquiring knowledge and getting to know someone different and apart from you is really exciting and it’s the purpose of the whole thing. Communication in its purest form is music. It doesn’t take a certain understanding of language to get to it — its sensitivity and delicacy can pass feelings and beliefs through your […]
OneBeat 2015: Seattle
This year, OneBeat is taking the Pacific Northwest by storm (a very peaceful, musical storm), closing with a set of events in Seattle, November 4th-7th presented with the Office of Arts & Culture, Office of Film + Music and Compound. The OneBeat 25 artists from around the world will join Owuor Arunga, Draze, Naomi Wachira and other local artists for an unprecedented series of concerts and events celebrating music collaboration, and how music can help create more peaceful communities and a more just world. If you live in Seattle, or nearby, join us for these events! OneBeat 2015: Seattle Wednesday, Nov. 4, 8pm: Columbia City Theater, Seattle, WA, $10 (Tickets Here) OneBeat South [Seattle]: OneBeat’s first public Seattle show launches in funky fashion with 25 musicians from 17 countries, and guest performances from Seattle’s Owuor Arunga (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Physics) and hip-hop artist Draze, at the historic Columbia […]