One beat, count­less reper­cus­sions

Pasatiempo - - Mixed Media - — Loren Bienvenu

What kind of mu­sic re­sults when 25 mu­si­cians from 17 coun­tries spend a month in cre­ative res­i­dence to­gether? Find out at OneBeat, an ini­tia­tive of the Bureau of Ed­u­ca­tional and Cul­tural Af­fairs of the U.S. Depart­ment of State, now in its third year. What sounds like a dream for in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions ex­perts — and a night­mare for strin­gent band direc­tors — comes to the Al­bu­querque Rail Yards, help­ing the city so­lid­ify its rep­u­ta­tion as a cross­roads for in­ter­na­tional cul­ture. This is not Glob­al­querque (the city’s es­teemed in­ter­na­tional mu­sic fes­ti­val, which wrapped up on Sept. 20), Suzanne Sbarge em­pha­sized. Ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of 516 Arts, the Al­bu­querque non­profit that’s fun­da­men­tal to bring­ing the show to town, Sbarge ex­plained that OneBeat is dis­tinc­tive be­cause all the par­tic­i­pants have been cre­at­ing as a group.

In terms of ge­o­graphic and mu­si­cal back­grounds, the mu­si­cians em­body di­ver­sity. They in­clude a Turk­ish singer-song­writer, a Colom­bian per­cus­sion­ist, a Kyr­gyzs­tani com­poser, a Moroc­can bassist, and a Cuban flutist. Com­ple­ment­ing the per­for­mance as­pect of the event is an art show cu­rated by Al­bu­querque’s Billy Joe Miller. Ti­tled You Are the Door­way, the show fea­tures in­ter­ac­tive and video art by a wide range of artists from Al­bu­querque and beyond. The con­cept of thresh­olds guided cu­ra­tion of the art; it was also a cen­tral point of con­sid­er­a­tion for the mu­si­cal col­lab­o­ra­tions dur­ing the res­i­dency. At OneBeat, a num­ber of on-site food trucks help vis­i­tors cross their own per­sonal thresh­olds from hun­gry to full.

OneBeat hap­pens on one night: Satur­day, Nov. 1. Preshow events and the open­ing of You Are the Door­way be­gin at 5 p.m. Mu­si­cal per­for­mances run from 6 to 9 p.m. Al­bu­querque Rail Yards is at 777 First St. S.W. Sug­gested ad­mis­sion fee is $5. More de­tails can be found at

Peni Can­dra Rini, singer/com­poser

San­dunes, syn­the­sizer/key­board player

Bless­ing Chi­manga, drum­mer/vo­cal­ist/mbira player Askat Jeti­gen Uulu,


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