Oct 15 – Oct 23
Home City: Planet Earth
OneBeat is a public-private cultural diplomacy initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation. Fort Collins was the final tour stop for 2017’s 25 OneBeat fellows, with the local music scene inviting the musicians to present their peer-driven collaborations and conversations at both traditional and unexpected venues throughout the city. Several Northern Colorado musicians, bands, and other artists joined the OneBeat fellows.
“Bringing OneBeat to Fort Collins offers an incredible opportunity for our community to engage with truly world-class musicians,” said Music District Director Jesse Elliott, “but it’s so much more than that. OneBeat emphasizes universal communication tools for all people — listening, creating space, improvising, innovating — and invites the audience to become a part of the art by practicing these techniques and connecting with others. Music provides a framework that allows strangers to better share and empathize, and that’s more important than ever these days.”
In the spirit of sonic diplomacy, OneBeat brought musicians from 17 countries to Fort Collins for a week-long series of performances, workshops, installations and interactions that invited the community to join their shared music-driven dialogue. These musicians from all over the world demonstrated how the arts can renew and restore perspectives, spaces, and societies.
OneBeat fellows took on many events throughout the week, with many centered within the Downtown Fort Collins Creative District, where Fort Collins visitors and residents alike were invited to participate. The Music District acted as a host, home base and workspace for OneBeat. All OneBeat Fort Collins public events were free or donation-based, with families encouraged to attend.
OneBeat’s week in Fort Collins included public performances and interactive events at the Music District, The Armory, The Lincoln Center, Downtown Artery, Wolverine Farm Letterpress & Publick House, CSU campus and University Center for the Arts, plus programming projects with Create Places, FoCo Book Fest and more. OneBeat fellows will also reconstruct Found Sound Nation’s interactive installation and multi-person instrument, The Ouroborium, in Downtown Fort Collins. Activities ranged from concerts and immersive sound explorations to a specially curated film series highlighting the power of music to strengthen communities.