Friday, October 30 at 7pm in the Sisters High School Auditorium, Sisters Folk Festival and Caldera present OneBeat, 25 musicians from around the world. These boundary-breaking fellows from 17 different countries and territories, including Russia, Cuba, Zimbabwe, Egypt, Venezuela and the U.S., bring singular and compelling stories, and range from experimental producers to deeply rooted traditional virtuosi to indie-rockers and more.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for youth 18 and under: www.sistersfolkfestival.org
At OneBeat performances, people of all ages and backgrounds have the rare opportunity to experience live what it sounds like when adventurous musicians from different parts of the world combine forces, and learn first-hand about the process of cross-cultural dialogue and creative collaboration. OneBeat (1beat.org) is the pioneering music diplomacy program initiated by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and produced by Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation.
The fellows join together to create collaborative cross-genre works, record innovative music, produce short-form videos, engage with local communities and practice music as civic engagement to promote resilient civil societies. OneBeat fellows are life-long ambassadors for their communities and cities; their combined voices create original works and projects that speak to audiences across the globe.
OneBeat fellows will be teaching at Sisters’ middle and high schools, at The Museum at Warm Springs and at Pilot Butte Middle School.
This year’s fellows include Ng Chor Guan, an accomplished sound designer, composer and theremin player from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Samer Etienne Chami (aka Etyen) a producer on the forefront of Beirut’s electronic music scene; Dragana Tomić, a traditional Balkan vocalist and ethnomusicologist from Belgrade, Serbia, who is one of Serbia’s first professional female kaval players; Vieux Cissokho, a Senegalese Griot musician specializing in the kora; and Katherine Suavita Niño (aka La Real Esa), a circus performer and cumbia accordionist from Bogotá, Colombia who works with communities affected by violence.
Caldera is a nonprofit organization that supports youth with limited opportunities through long-term mentoring and arts and nature programming, as well as providing fully subsidized residencies to adult artists. It provides year-round youth mentoring through 12 Arts Partner middle schools (six in Portland and six Central Oregon), high school programming, and summer camp at its Arts Center on Blue Lake near Sisters, Oregon. More information at www.CalderaArts.org.