516 ARTS, Albuquerque’s contemporary art museum, is teaming up with Found Sound Nation and the City of Albuquerque Arts & Culture Department to present OneBeat X, a one-day festival of global music and art at the Albuquerque Rail Yards on Saturday, November 5. The festival is the culmination of a New Mexico residency for the unique music diplomacy program, OneBeat, which brings young musicians from around the world to the U.S. to collaboratively compose, produce and perform original music, and develop strategies for social engagement through music.
The upcoming event harkens back to the phenomenal music and art event that 516 ARTS presented at the Albuquerque Rail Yards in 2014. The upcoming festival includes visual art installations, interactive music, food trucks, beer from Tractor Brewing, and more. The lineup of live performances by OneBeat fellows and guest artists includes the celebrated Pan-Latin American powerhouse group LADAMA, percussion ensemble Tigue, and a special collaboration between Nigerian guitarist Biodun Kuti and acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Mark Stewart.
Over the last 10 years, OneBeat has grown from a single US-based residency and musical exchange, to a constellation of programs and initiatives that span 50 countries worldwide. A few of this year’s stand-out returning residents include Ghanaian poet and spoken word artist, Poetra Asantewa; Kenyan DJ, producer and songwriter, Blinky Bill; award-winning Colombian percussionist, Jenn del Tambó; Warsaw-based composer and multi instrumentalist, Piotr Kurek; and improvisational gayageum-player, Kyungso Park. Learn more about OneBeat Fellows at: 1beat.org/program/onebeat-x
Tickets are $10 minimum donation. Get your tickets at 516arts.org.