OneBeat 2019

Human Ecologies
September 16 – October 9

How can musical creation and performance work as a complex, dynamic, living system? What are the implications of the scientific notion of self-organization in nature, in art, and in the making of new work? What can a musical lens show us about the ways groups of humans interact?

OneBeat 2019 brought 25 global musicians together for a two week residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida and tour through Atlanta and Knoxville. The theme for the program was Human Ecologies — which led us to use a musical lens to examine the ways groups of humans can interact in the spirit of collaboration and compassion. The OneBeat ecosystem is perhaps one-of-a-kind on the planet, in that it’s made up of an incredibly diverse collection of individuals with radically different musical approaches. And yet we are able to find a common spirit of unity, a respect and mutual admirations that binds the group together into a collective of artists who are truly accountable to one another.

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