OneBeat fellows and staff put on a wonderful performance on Tuesday evening at Arcosanti.

The performance began in the vaults with a “round robin” – where several fellows and staff alternated forming a circle, each playing their instrument, singing, or rapping.

[photos by Sue Kirsch, text by Julia Dorn-Giarmoleo, Arcosanti PR representative]

This first part of the performance culminated in the musicians inviting audience members down from the bleachers and everyone singing together as a reminder of the unifying power of music.

After a quick break, the performance resumed in the amphitheater, with several more pieces from fellows and staff alike.

The evening closed with a stunning shadow puppet piece that centered around human beings’ relationship with natural forces and how humanity has changed the ecology and landscape, using Soleri bells to create a variety of sounds reminiscent of the ocean.

French horn player and composer Jeremy Thal, along with composer and pianist Chris Marianetti founded OneBeat as an incubator for music-based social entrepreneurship, where innovative musicians from around the world launch collaborative projects designed to make a positive impact on local and global communities. Violinist Elena Moon Park soon joined forces with Jeremy and Chris, becoming the director of the program.

OneBeat is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and produced by Found Sound Nation, an eclectic group of musicians, producers, and artists who have a strong sense of social engagement.

Found Sound Nation uses the expressive power of music collaboration to unlock the creative potential of youth, and build bridges between communities separated by cultures, economic disparities, and geography. Found Sound Nation is the social engagement wing of Bang on a Can, a groundbreaking organization for new music.

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