OneBeat 2012 Featuring Special Guests Jolie Holland, Dave Douglas, Matt Garrison, Brandon Seabrook and More

Friday, October 5, 2012 @ 7:30 pm


Thirty-two musicians from 21 countries—hip hop, electronic, roots, jazz, rock, and experimental musicians—are coming together to write, produce, and perform original music, and develop ways that music can make a positive impact on our communities. From Cambodian MCs to Arab-American jazz trumpeters to traditional instrumentalists from three continents, OneBeat is a cutting-edge iteration of an age-old urge: to connect people and foster mutual respect through music and the arts.

OneBeat will culminate with travel from Florida to New York, embodying the spirit of the American road trip. As part of this State Department-supported effort to bring diplomacy to Main Street, the Fellows will engage with local community organizations, educational institutions, and public spaces, sparking everything from a music production session with incarcerated youth, to an outdoor ‘street studio’ in a city park, to a performance of devotional vocal music in a resonant church.  OneBeat Fellows will perform with US-based musicians, including a number of well-known artists with a long history of collaborative work.  At this event, special musical guests will include singer-songwriter Jolie Holland and instrumentalists Dave Douglas, Matt Garrison, and Brandon Seabrook.

One BeatSM is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, administered by Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation. OneBeat builds on Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s vision of “smart power” diplomacy. It embraces the use of a full range of diplomatic tools, including music, to bring people, especially youth, together for greater understanding.