These 25 boundary-breaking fellows from 17 different countries and territories -- including Russia, Cuba, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Venezuela, Nigeria and the U.S. -- bring singular and compelling stories, and range from experimental producers to deeply-rooted traditional virtuosi to indie rockers and more.
This year’s fellows include: Ng Chor Guan, an accomplished sound designer, composer and environmentalist from Kuala Lampur, Malaysia; Jorge Peña AKA GreenCh, a producer on the forefront of Cuba’s experimental electronic music scene; Dragana Tomić, a traditional Balkan vocalist and ethnomusicologist from Belgrade, Serbia, who is one of Serbia’s first professional female kaval players; Vieux Cissokho, a Senegalese Griot musician specializing in the kora; and Katherine Suavita Niño (aka. La Real Esa), a circus performer and cumbia accordionist from Bogotá, Colombia who works with communities affected by violence. Meet all 2015 fellows here.
Tour Route & Performances
OneBeat 2015 will return to Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, CA for a two-week residency. The residency will be followed by a two-week tour that includes stops at Caldera Arts in central Oregon and venues in Portland, OR before culminating in Seattle, WAfor an unprecedented collaboration with the City of Seattle’s Office of Film + Music and Office of Arts & Culture to celebrate the city’s revolutionary music culture.
At each location, OneBeat fellows will present audiences with a dynamic series of public performances, artistic innovations, and educational events. People of all ages and backgrounds have the rare opportunity to experience live what it sounds like when adventurous musicians from different parts of the world combine forces, and learn first-hand about the process of cross-cultural dialogue and creative collaboration.
Upcoming performances include:
Friday, Oct. 23 || Oakland Museum of California || Oakland, CA (Friday Nights @ OMCA)
Sunday, Oct. 25 || OneBeat Festival at Montalvo Arts Center || Saratoga, CA
Friday, Oct. 30(venue TBA)
Sunday, Nov. 1 || Mississippi Studios || Portland, OR
Wednesday, Nov. 4 || Columbia City Theater || Seattle, WA
Thursday, Nov. 5 || UW World Series & World Affairs Council || Seattle, WA (venue TBA)
Friday, Nov. 6 || EMP Museum || Seattle, WA (educational event, to be confirmed)
Friday, Nov. 6 || Seattle Art Museum || Seattle, WA
Saturday, Nov. 7 || Abbey Arts @ St. Mark’s Cathedral || Seattle, WA
OneBeat is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, & produced by Found Sound Nation.