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
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 City Theater. A sonic celebration of our theme of place-making and how music can enrich a community, connect with the past and set a vision for the future of a neighborhood and city, this evening features a range of styles and original works, weaving an energetic musical portrait of the places (and instruments) our artists live and love, and also includes an outdoor public “street studio” (OneBeat’s signature mobile music producing studio), in the heart of South Seattle. Presented by Compound, Seattle Arts Commission, Seattle Music Commission, Umpqua Bank and FSN.
Thursday, Nov. 5, 7-8:30pm event w/reception to follow: Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, Seattle, WA, $10 suggested donation, (Buy Tickets Here)
OneBeat Impact: A one-of-a-kind music event spotlighting OneBeat artists’ diverse backgrounds in social activism and innovation, this evening is produced in collaboration with Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, UW World Series, and World Affairs Council, and focuses on cultural place-making through live performance, storytelling, and conversations about how music can make a positive social impact, and address issues from gender inequality to cross-cultural dialogue to environmental degradation. Part town-hall forum, part heartfelt show, this event will bring together organizers, musicians, community members and scholars as we take a soul-searching, uplifting look at how the arts can truly be of service in creating more peaceful communities and a more just world. Presented by Compound, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, UW World Series, World Affairs Council, Umpqua Bank and FSN.
Friday, Nov. 6, 2:30pm: EMP Museum, Seattle, WA, Free and Open to the Public
OneBeat School of Music: An inspiring daytime music event capping off a week of OneBeat musicians’ residencies at Seattle Public Schools, this program brings together students from around the city to perform for each other, and the public, at EMP Museum’s iconic Sky Church. A product of OneBeat’s dynamic collaboration with the museum’s extensive educational network and programming, this performance invites OneBeat artists to share their musicianship and personal stories on-stage with a group of talented young Seattle musicians, including Big World Breaks percussion ensemble, Ingraham High School choir, Roosevelt High School choir and the Simba Youth Marimba Ensemble. Presented by EMP and FSN.
OneBeat @ SAM Remix: A spotlight collaboration with the Seattle Art Museum and its signature nightlife series, Remix, OneBeat joins local Seattle artists to fill the museum with music and dance inspired by the stunning visual galleries and works that surround us. A unique event of music and art, OneBeat @ SAM Remix also includes a dynamic “Round Robin” improvisational performance with featured artists from the Jack Straw Cultural Center. Presented by the Seattle Art Museum and FSN.
Global Resonance: This acoustic performance is the closing event of OneBeat:Seattle and features OneBeat artists with Seattleite superstar trumpeter Owuor Arunga, Afro-Folk singer Naomi Wachira and other guest performers using the gorgeous resonant space of St. Mark’s Cathedral to perform freshly-minted songs and other original works that emerged from our month of collective music residency. The journey of 25 musicians from 17 countries is showcased this evening with a musical exploration on new aesthetic and political possibilities that celebrate our common humanity, reflect on the struggles behind us, and look forward to the long path ahead. Presented by Abbey Arts, Compound, Umpqua Bank and FSN.
OneBeat:Seattle is presented by Compound, Seattle Arts Commission, Seattle Music Commission, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Seattle Office of Film + Music and Umpqua Bank, and with program support from Abbey Arts, Arts Corps, Columbia City Theater, EMP Museum, Global Washington, Jack Straw Cultural Center, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute, Museum of History and Industry, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle World School, Smarthouse Creative, UW World Series, World Affairs Council and Youngstown Cultural Arts Center.