Wednesday, 09. October 2019, Bijou Theatre, OneBeat Final Show

from 09. October 2019 - 19:00 till 22:00

Bijou Theatre

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Big Ears Festival and OneBeat partner together to close out their month-long residency and US tour with a culminating concert extravaganza at the Bijou Theater at 7pm on Wednesday, October 9. 
OneBeat - a meeting of 25 incredible musicians hailing from 17 countries around the globe, bring their unique brand of collaborative performance and engagements to Knoxville for 3-days where they will host workshops, discussions and public performances. 
This one-of-a-kind performance features organic mashups of traditional songs from Mongolia, edgy synthesizer sounds from China, intoxicating bass lines from Madagascar, old-time banjo playing and MCing from North Carolina, and Afro-Colombian grooves, all in a celebration of how music invigorates our local and global communities. Here’s the story: OneBeat, a cultural exchange 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, is among the world’s leading global music diplomacy programs. From September 16 - October 12, 25 innovative and socially engaged musicians from 17 countries, ranging from Algeria to Cuba to Madagascar to the United States, will participate in a rigorous month of musical collaboration, public performances, installations, pop-up events and workshops. OneBeat Fellows will present world premieres of their collaborative works in a series of performances, workshops, and interactive public events throughout the Southeast. This year’s eclectic musicians include: Rodney Barreto, one of Cuba’s leading jazz drummers and member of the Chucho Valdes Quintet; Nepalese multi-instrumentalist and film music composer Jason Kunwar; pioneering modular Chinese synth designer and sound-artist Meng Qi; Baltimore-based producer, educator and award-winning entrepreneur Kariz Marcel; and virtuosic young Mongolian Yatga player Oyuntuya Enkhbat. 
“It makes so much sense to use music as a strategy to generate peace and cooperation. Found Sound Nation, our former Fellows and now our esteemed colleagues, have built through OneBeat a global community of young visionaries, based on a common belief - that music can open hearts, bridge differences and collaboratively create a better world. Were so fortunate that the U.S. Department of State supports these noble goals,” says Pulitzer Prize winning composer and co-founder of Bang on a Can, David Lang. 
To read about all the OneBeat fellows, and see a full calender of events, visit 

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