OneBeat: From Florida to Chicago

This September, Bang on a Can and Found Sound Nation's OneBeat, the world’s foremost residency celebrating music as social practice, returns for its fifth year, convening innovative musicians from every region of the world to the U.S. for one exhilarating month of performances, discussions, interactive music-making events, and more. OneBeat grew out of a notion that musical collaboration is a uniquely powerful way to connect people across political and cultural barriers, which can in turn cultivate an international network of sonic change-makers who make a powerful impact on their local and global communities.

This year OneBeat focuses on Musical Migrations, exploring how large movements of people have shaped music, and conversely, how music can encourage dialogue, community resilience, and rootedness in situations of displacement and upheaval.

OneBeat 2016’s tour traces the route of the Great Migration, honoring the global impact of African-American music by connecting with musical communities in the birthplace of Jazz (New Orleans), the home of Bessie Smith (Chattanooga), and a sweet home for blues, electronic music, and hip hop (Chicago). In each of these sites, OneBeat fellows will perform and record their brand-new works, produce videos, and lead generative workshops in collaboration with local community organizations.

OneBeat is 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.

All-Stars at the Venice Biennale - Oct 10

The Bang on a Can All-Stars perform Field Recordings at the Teatro alle Tese as part of the Venice Biennale!

program:

Julia Wolfe: Reeling
Florent Ghys: An Open Cage
Michael Gordon: Gene Takes a Drink with film by Bill Morrison
Christian Marclay: Fade to Slide with film by Christian Marclay
David Lang: unused swan
Tyondai Braxton: Casino Trem
Jóhann Jóhannsson: Hz with film
Todd Reynolds: Seven Sundays
Steve Reich: The Cave of Machpelah
Bryce Dessner: Letter 27 with film
Anna Clyne: A Wonderful Day 

David Lang's 'the national anthems' with L.A. Master Chorale: out now!

The Los Angeles Master Chorale’s recording of David Lang’s the national anthems is paired with the premiere recording for full chorus of his 2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning work the little match girl passion.

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