October 30, 2017
On September 30, Sisters Folk Festival in collaboration with Caldera, presented OneBeat, a cross-cultural initiative bringing young musicians from all over the world together to present new music. OneBeat, a public-private cultural diplomacy initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation, seeks to explore how the arts can renew and restore perspectives, spaces, and societies. The performance at the Belfry was riveting, as artists from 17 countries performed new music they had worked on during their residency. The OneBeat “fellows” visited central Oregon schools as well and did a two- day residency in the Americana Project classes at Sisters High School.
Fellows in the schools included Aisaana Omorova, from Kyrgyzstan performing on a komuz, a traditional three-stringed strummed instrument, Munyaradzi Nyamarebvu, from Zimbabwe introduced students to the mbira, Lama Zakharia, from Amman, Jordan who brought electronic beats to share with the dance -driven music from her homeland, and Courtney Hartman, guitar and banjo player from the American band, Della Mae, shared her songs and technique to students. The OneBeat fellows brought traditional music and instruments into the schools to enlighten and explore artistic expression from many cultural traditions.