OneBeat is an initiative of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in collaboration with the groundbreaking New York-based music organization Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation.
Found Sound Nation (FSN), the musical collective that formed after meeting at Bang On A Can’s Summer Music Festival, and includes award-winning composer Christopher Marianetti and touring member of Neutral Milk Hotel, Jeremy Thal, have been pioneering collaborative music creation for over a decade. FSN artists have been creating sample-based electronic music with musicians from around the globe – working in such diverse countries as Zimbabwe, Indonesia, and Kosova.
In 2012, FSN was selected by the US Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to produce the musical diplomacy program OneBeat. OneBeat is a unique international space, now in its 8th year, bringing together a multitude of musicians from all corners of the world in an open forum where the bright light of human creative consciousness can shine through one another.
Produced with Brooklyn–based artist Devin Greenwood, who has collaborated with musicians as diverse as Steve Reich, Norah Jones and Sufjan Stevens, the album was recorded in the breathtaking landscape of Central Oregon’s burnt forests and volcanic lakes at Caldera Arts Center. The record features a vast array of musicians, hailing from 5 continents, including internationally acclaimed Belarusian electronica artist Natallia Kunitskaya, 20-year old Kyrgyzstani komuz prodigy Aisaana Omorova, award-winning South African jazz bandleader Mandla Mlangeni, Nile Music Project collaborator Rapasa Otieno and Moroccan superstar Mehdi Nassouli, who has performed with luminaries Herbie Hancock, Fatoumata Diawara, Nneka, and Alpha Blondy.
The results span Eastern Bloc electronica, the deep meditative grooves of the North African Guembri, infectious African raga, and the silky melodies of Sao Paolo’s underground scene, in a shining example of how we can reimagine the paradigms of global music, morphing and expanding musical traditions while bringing communities together in the name of artistic collaboration and innovation. Take a listen, and head down a musical wormhole with us, emerging in a new galaxy of invigorating musical possibilities.
released December 14, 2018
All songs recorded at Caldera Arts Center - Sisters, Oregon + The Music District - Fort Collins, Colorado with additional recording by Devin Greenwood at The Honey Jar in Brooklyn, New York.
All songs recorded, mixed and mastered by Devin Greenwood except for Vacum which was recorded and mixed by Omma and Thum Nyatiti which was recorded and mixed by Natallia Kunitskaya.
Produced by Devin Greenwood
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