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OneBeat Marathon Live Online!

A Global Music Celebration curated and hosted by Found Sound Nation. Four Hours of LIVE Music at

This Fall marks the 10th anniversary of OneBeat, the series of revolutionary international collaborations led by our  Found Sound Nation team. This is some of the most noble work we know of – using music to build bridges across  geographies and nationalities and cultures, redefining and expanding our artistic family, giving deep and meaningful  opportunities to musicians coming from a wide spectrum of disciplines and traditions, underlining the recognition that  our communities need to be central to how we all make music together. In honor of these 10 years, we are excited  to showcase some of this groundbreaking work in a 4-hour long live streaming marathon concert. Please join us!
David Lang, co-founder and co-artistic director

Brooklyn, NY — Bang on a Can is excited to present the OneBeat Marathon – Live Online – on Sunday,  November 15, 2020 from 12-4pm ET, curated by Found Sound Nation, its social engagement wing. Over four  hours the OneBeat Marathon will feature live-streamed multimedia performances by musicians from 14 countries  stretching over five continents to transport audiences to a paradigm-bending sonic universe.

OneBeat, an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and produced by  Found Sound Nation, is redefining music diplomacy. For the past decade, OneBeat residency programs have  convened young pioneering musicians from across the world to dive into the musical unknown together and build a  global network of artists committed to civic discourse. The OneBeat Marathon will begin a year-long celebration of  online events and programs to commemorate OneBeat’s 10th anniversary in 2021.

On November 15, former OneBeat fellows will perform 18 sets of surprising, soulful music in solo, duo and trio acts.  Opening from the mountainous Lake Baikal region of Siberia, mohin huur player Alexander Arkhincheev will give  a stirring performance at 12 pm ET, followed by a kaleidoscopic array of musicians and spoken word artists in Accra,  Beijing, Beirut, Berlin, Bogota, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai, New York City, Sacramento, Seoul, Sulaymaniyah  and more. Hear everything from electronic pop sets to microtonal accordion tunes to improvised experimental trios  playing together across continents and timezones. The Marathon closes with a festive duo between longtime Bang  on a Can All-Star Mark Stewart and Nigerian guitarist Biodun Kuti, a 2013 OneBeat fellow who went on to play  alongside Mark in Paul Simon’s band. Other featured acts include composer, trumpeter and santur player Amir  ElSaffar, Indonesian sinden vocalist Peni Candra Rini, South African future folk performer Dumama, superstar pan Latin group LADAMA, poet, musician, writer and performer Dahlak Brathwaite.

The OneBeat Marathon will be free to stream and all Marathon performers are compensated. But an entire  ecosystem of composers and performers need our attention, our love, and our financial support! Please consider  purchasing a ticket! Doing so will help Bang on a Can to do more performances, pay more players, and share more  music worldwide.

The full lineup of artists is below.

OneBeat Marathon, November 15, 2020 featuring:

Alexander Arkincheev, Amir ElSaffar, Peni Candra Rini, LADAMA, Kyungso Park, Samah Boulmona, Dahlak  Brathwaite, Meng Xi, Jess Tsang, Amy Garapic, Jinda Kanjo, Dumama, Kechou, Dylan Greene, Shruti Bhave, Ng  Chor Guan, Jay Afrisando, Daniel de Mendoza, Asantewa, Anna RG, Aurora Nealand, Mustelide, Johanna Amayo, Conejo, Biodun Kuti, Mark Stewart.