OneBeat brings cultural diplomacy to Timucua in the form of international musical collaboration

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PHOTO BY GIDEON CREVOSHAY
  • PHOTO BY GIDEON CREVOSHAY
It is said that music is a universal language, and that’s the principle that OneBeat was founded on.

Something of a musical exchange-student program, the organization brings young musicians from all over the world to the U.S. together for a month each year to collaborate on music. Started in 2012, OneBeat hopes to celebrate the ways that the arts can impact local and global communities, as well as help people connect across cultures through music.

For the artists involved, it is a musical journey of diversity and learning new ways of thinking, both about music and about others. For those who watch them on the tour that takes place after their monthlong residency, it is a trip around the world through sound.

This is the fifth year that OneBeat has done the program, and the fourth at Atlantic Center for the Arts. (We've covered it most years – here's 2012 and 2013 – and you can see links to the stories below this post.) This year Timucua Arts White House will host a concert by musicians from over 15 different countries performing, including a sound artist from Taiwan, a tiple (sort of a 12-stringed guitar) player from Colombia, a pianist from Russia and many more. 

7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23 | Timucua White House, 2000 S. Summerlin Ave. | 1beat.org | free


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