In a partnership with the Music District and several local community organizations — including Colorado State University’s School of Music, Theatre and Dance — OneBeat is bringing its national program to Fort Collins Oct. 16-22 for a citywide series of performances, interactive installations, discussions and workshops, including a free Oct. 20 event at the University Center for the Arts.
CSU is a title sponsor of OneBeat, which brings together adventurous musicians from 17 countries to explore how the arts can renew and restore perspectives, spaces and societies.
In a time when politics has left us with a fractured world, music has a special power to tie together our disparate communities, retracing our common histories and re-affirming our common humanity, empathy and creativity.
In this spirit, OneBeat convenes 25 musical change-makers from around the world to create and perform new work in the U.S. and explore how artists and institutions can work together to rejuvenate local economies through music, technology and the creative arts.
OneBeat is an incubator for music-based social entrepreneurship, where innovative musicians from around the world launch collaborative projects designed to make a positive impact on local and global communities. 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 Found Sound Nation, OneBeat employs collaborative music creation as a potent form of cultural diplomacy.
More than a music festival or a simple exchange, OneBeat is an incubator for new forms of musical expression, a hatchery for novel ways to use music as a tool for the betterment of our communities, and an ever-growing web of interconnected artists and change-makers.
Event at CSU
OneBeat musicians from around the globe will be joined by CSU students for a one-time, site-specific performance at the University Center for the Arts, as global and local collaborative sounds resonate in the beautiful acoustic space of the Organ Recital Hall, beginning at 5 p.m. on Oct. 20. Participants will collaborate on a rapid music creation workshop and performance.
OneBeat Fellows for this session:
(Muhammad) Rayhan Sudrajat, vocals and Sapek
Asma Abdelfattah Ghanem, production and vocals
Tokzhan Kairatkyzy Karatai, Qomos
Christopher Andrew Yepez, production and rapper
Paulo Antônio Sartori Riveres Inchausti, guitar, bass, mandolin, piano and vocals
Livia Souza Mattos, accordion and vocals
Johanna Andrea Amaya Conejo, percussion and set
Yasmine Fathy El Baramawy, production and Oud
For more information, including the full list of Fort Collins sessions, visit 1beat.org