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U.S. Department of State, Bang on a Can's Found Sound Nation Collaborate on International OneBeat 2014

by Ian Holubiak   Aug 27, 2014 09:43 AM EDT

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The pursuit of music on a global scale may have finally been mastered with OneBeat, an initiative of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, produced by Bang on a Can's Found Sound Nation.

The mission of OneBeat is to bring cultural diplomacy around the world, providing 25 musicians (ages 19-35) from 17 countries around the world with the opportunity for a month long collaboration to produce and perform original music and develop strategies for social engagement through music.

As a release states:

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. OneBeat is cultivating a groundbreaking international network of sonic change-makers, leading artistic, technological, and social innovation in music.

The program will begin with a two-week residency at the Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, CA, where musicians will invent new sounds, record and produce tracks in various custom studios, design participatory workshops, jam with local musicians and brainstorm with educators from the Bay Area, organizers and entrepreneurs.

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