2019 OneBeat Fellow Jason Kunwar on creating a space for Nepalese musicians in the midst of a pandemic

Jason Kunwar, OneBeat’s first ever Nepalese Fellow, is a composer and multi-instrumentalist whose community work centers on preserving and highlighting Nepalese musical traditions. As an awardee of OneBeat’s Accelerator Grant, he put together the second edition of Confluence, a program for musicians of diverse backgrounds in Nepal to engage in a virtual creative collaboration, with a focus on how they can create and work amid a crisis. FSN’s Nyokabi Kariuki spoke with him about the project.

“The survival of traditional music depends upon the young generation of musicians.”

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Jason’s band ‘Night’ perform at Radio Asia Festival in Warsaw, Poland | Photo by Bartek Muracki

“Our main goal and communication never centered around collaborating and coming up with new creations, but to understand each other artistically and beyond.”

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Photo by Bishwo Harsha Bajracharya
Jason performs with 2019 OneBeat Fellows Dylan Mckinstry & Fani Zahár.

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Photo by Bishwo Harsha Bajracharya

“Artists strive for a community that understands their ideas and their work.”