One beat, countless repercussions
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 www.516arts.org.
Peni Candra Rini, singer/composer
Sandunes, synthesizer/keyboard player
Blessing Chimanga, drummer/vocalist/mbira player Askat Jetigen Uulu,