OneBeat Abroad |
OneBeat Russia brought together eight socially-engaged musicians and four dancers from Russia and the United States to compose, create and perform original music, and explore ways that music-making can build community across cultural and geographic divides. OneBeat Russia was comprised of three one-week residencies, starting in the medieval city of Suzdal, continuing to Sviyazhsk Island and Kazan in Tatarstan, and ending with a week in Moscow, co-organized by GROUND Khodynka.
Our one-of-a-kind ensemble celebrated the 100-year anniversary of Stravinsky’s ‘L’Histoire du Soldat,’ reimagining the work entirely while drawing inspiration from its original intent to use the power of myth and folk tales to bring art and music to people from all walks of life. Conversely, OneBeat Russia drew the sounds and stories of the public into the art world. In addition to performances and workshops, OneBeat Russia fellows and staff produced original recordings, music videos, photos and social media to share the experience with wider audiences.
In times of challenged US-Russia relations, this program emphasizes the creative connections and enduring good will between the people and artistic communities of the United States and Russia.
Location: Suzdal, Kazan & Moscow, Russia
Length: 6 months programming, 3 week intensive
In 2016, OneBeat 2014 alumni Fidel Kilic led OneBeat Istanbul, a program for musicians from Turkey, Syria and the U.S. to develop new musical works and lead youth engagement activities with a focus on young refugees and other marginalized communities. OneBeat Cities is an extension of FSN's globally recognized cultural diplomacy project, OneBeat. Partnering with U.S. embassies around the world, OneBeat Cities brings together socially engaged musicians to collaboratively design projects issues facing global and local issues.
OneBeat Istanbul Fellows produced events throughout Istanbul, culminating in a final showcase presenting original musical works and proposed ideas for future projects. The goal is OneBeat Istanbul is to empower participants to become leading forces in their communities, employing their musical and entrepreneurial skills to address important issues such as combating discrimination, promoting democratic participation, women’s empowerment, creative economies, and youth education.
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Length: 6 months programming, 10 day intensive
Partners: U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), U.S. Consulate General Istanbul, Bilgi University Santral Campus, Bilgi University Energy Museum, Istanbul Bilgi University, Istanbul Bilgi University Dept of Music, Heirloom Istanbul, Small Projects Istanbul, Young Guru Academy, Dark Deeds, Project Lift, Sulukule Genclik Orkestrasi