at the Albuquerque Railyards, 777 1st St. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
3-4pm: Pre-show events & activities, with art opening for one-day-only exhibition
4-8pm: Musical performances
516 ARTS, Albuquerque’s contemporary art museum, is teaming up with Found Sound Nation and the City of Albuquerque Arts & Culture Department to present OneBeat X, a global music event and art happening at the Albuquerque Railyards on Saturday, November 5, 2022. It is the culmination of a New Mexico residency for the unique music diplomacy program, OneBeat, which brings accomplished young musicians from around the world to the U.S. to collaboratively compose, produce and perform original music, and develop strategies for social engagement through music. OneBeat is an adventurous model for using music for cultural diplomacy. Hailing from every region of the globe, outstanding musicians participate in intensive collaborative creation of original works, recording, public performances, engagement workshops, and the incubation of civically and socially engaged music projects. OneBeat fellows include DJs and traditional instrumentalists, experimenters, indie-rockers, and more. Celebrating its tenth year, OneBeat has grown from a single US-based residency and musical exchange to a constellation of programs and initiatives that span to over 42 countries around the world. It has been held in a different region of the world every year, and has been host to over 400 early-career musicians. Inviting only musicians who’ve participated in past installments of the program, OneBeat X allows for unique reflection upon the initiative’s impact on the art and music-making of its fellows through the years. Some of this year’s stand-out returning residents include Ghanaian poet.
OneBeat X returns to Albuquerque with 25 musical artists from 19 countries for a one- day festival of global music, contemporary art installations, food trucks & more. Featuring Poeta Asantewa, spoken word poet; Kenyan DJ, producer, and songwriter, “Blinky” Bill Sellanga; award-winning Colombian percussionist, Jenn del Tambó; Warsaw-based composer and multi-instrumentalist, Piotr Kurek; and improvisational gayageum-player, Kyungso Park. This year, the festival event will feature installations by local and global artists, interactive music-making, and a special lineup of live performances by the OneBeat cohort and guest artists. More info: 1beat.org/program/onebeat-x
During their Taos residency, OneBeat fellows will connect directly with educators, naturalists, entrepreneurs, artists, land activists, oral historians, teachers, students and passersby in the Taos region around themes of land, place, and ancestry. Together, OneBeat artists and local partners will share stories of land, water, and ecological justice inspired by the communities and environments of northern New Mexico, and build original works from these conversations. This immersion will culminate in a series of collaborative public events, discussions and performances in and around Taos before the fellows come to Albuquerque for their final week.