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ONEBEAT Marathon
May 2, 2021
12-4 PM ET

Rebroadcast for timezone friendliness:
May 3, 2021
12-4 AM ET

A Global Music Celebration curated and hosted by Found Sound Nation

“The OneBeat Virtual Marathon is back! OneBeat, a singular global music exchange led by our Found Sound Nation team, employs collaborative original music as a potent new form of cultural diplomacy. We are thrilled to present this second virtual event, showcasing creative musicians who come together to make music, not war. The OneBeat Marathon brings together disparate musical communities, offering virtuosic creators a space to share their work. These spectacular musicians join us from across the globe, from a wide range of musical traditions. They illuminate our world, open our ears, and break through the barriers that keep us apart.” 

-Julia Wolfe, Bang on a Can co-founder and co-artistic director

For four hours on May 2, the OneBeat Marathon will share the power of music and tap into the most urgent and essential sounds of our time. From the Kyrgyz three-stringed komuz played on the high steppe, to the tranceful marimba de chonta of Colombia’s pacific shore, to the Algerian Amazigh highlands and to the trippy organic beats of Bombay’s underground scene — OneBeat finds a unifying possibility of sound that ties us all together.

OneBeat, an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and produced by Found Sound Nation, is redefining music diplomacy.  For the past decade, OneBeat residency programs have convened young pioneering musicians from across the world to dive into the musical unknown together and build a global network of artists committed to civic discourse. This event is part a year-long celebration of online events and programs to commemorate OneBeat’s 10th anniversary.

The OneBeat Marathon will be free to stream and all Marathon performers are compensated.  But an entire ecosystem of composers and performers need our attention, our love, and our financial support!  Please consider purchasing a ticket! Doing so will help Bang on a Can to do more performances, pay more players, and share more music worldwide.


12pm EDT

Mehdi Qamoum + Courtney Hartman – Morocco + USA
groovy guitar and guembri duets from Agadir & Loveland

OMMA – Russia
sweet ambient electronics and whimsical instrumentation

Eva Salina + Peter Stan – USA
exploring the feminine in Balkan Romani Music

Sayun Chang + Alice Hui-Sheng Chang  – Taiwan
primal, responsive meditations from Tainan, the oldest city in Taiwan

Malabika Brahma – India
soulful Baul vocals meets saz in Kolkata via Brussels

1pm EDT

Los Cumpleaños – USA
Colombian dance music meets downtown punk and psych synths from Brooklyn, NY

mind-altering spatial electronics from Beijing

Sodiala feat Tsanta Randriamihajasoa – Madagascar
the intricate rhythms of traditional Malagasy music

Paulo Sartori – Brazil
insatiable curiosity and string-world mastery from Sao Paulo, Brazil

2pm EDT

Greg Chudzik – USA
experimental bass magic from Brooklyn, NY

Akinyemi – USA
fresh beats and rhymes from Queens, NY

Amel Zen – Algeria
ethno-pop meets the Amazigh (Berber) traditions of Algeria

Sandunes – India
evocative electronic grooves from Mumbai

Eryen Ortíz Garcés – Colombia
tranceful marimba de chonta from the Pacific Coast of Colombia

3pm EDT

Abdallah Abozekry – Egypt
experimental saz improvisations from Cairo via Paris

Jiha Park – South Korea 
meditative yanggeum songs from Seoul

Askat Uulu – Kyrgyzstan 
traditional music from the mountains of Kyrgyzstan

Piotr Kurek – Poland
minimalist electronica and synth sound worlds from Warsaw

Bongeziwe Mabandla – South Africa
the enigmatic spirit of african soul straight from Johannesburg

Underground System – USA
electrifying afropop/punk/dance from Brooklyn, NY


Suggested Ticket Levels


A big virtual hug and thank you for helping make this and future virtual Marathons possible.


We’d love to list you! For $25 or more, we’ll put your name on the Marathon 2020 website as Ticket Buyer. It’s that easy. Buy a ticket, be a supporter.

$100 and above

Receive the above and reserved seating! Okay, that’s silly. You can sit wherever you want. BUT $100 and above makes you a donor, not just a ticket buyer, and you can get a tax deduction and name on the Marathon website as a PRODUCER! Because you helped us produce the show, and that’s really, really important.

$1,500 – Commissions!

This is a very special category indeed. We are going to try to commission as many pieces as we can over the next few months, before we can all settle into a venue together to hear music together. So…for each $1,500 gift, we will apply the funds in equal parts to the composer, to the performer and to the Marathon 2020 fund that keeps this all going. If you want to know more about these commissions, just send an email to Tim Thomas, [email protected]. Or, when you give $1,500, we’ll contact YOU with info on your composer and when the piece will be premiered. You will also receive a signed score from the composer and our undying gratitude.



Elena Moon Park, Kyla-Rose Smith, Jeremy Thal, Chris Marianetti, Ezra Tenenbaum – hosts
Jody Elff – live stream producer and engineer
Peter Wise – live stream coordinator
Nyokabi Kariuki and Alejandro Salazar – OneBeat production assistants
Denise Burt – logo design

This performance is a continuation of Bang on a Can’s online offerings during the pandemic shutdown. In 2020-2021 our Marathons have featured more than 150 performances, including 60 world premieres of new commissions and over 175 composers and performers.

OneBeat is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and produced by Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation.



Bang on a Can is grateful for the support of these crucial 2020-21 Funders:



Commissioners of New Work at the live online Bang on a Can Online Marathons include Stephen Block, Margaret Cullum, Lawrence Greenfield, Russ Irvin,  David Lake & Linda Wright, Herb Leventer, George Lewis, Raulee Marcus, Rob Mason, Gordon Nicol,  Maria & Robert A. Skirnick, Jane & Richard Stewart, Connie Steensma & Rick Prins.

Support of the Marathon Performers comes from the Williamson Foundation for Music. Support of Composers/Commissions comes from the ASCAP Foundation. Both funders have been key supporters of our Summer Festival at MASS MoCA, which we look forward to in 2021!

Marathon 2020 producers at $100 and Above: Robert Abrams, Eric Anderson, Polly Apfelbaum, Victoria Aschheim, Katherine Barton, Catherine Benoit, Gina Biver, Stephen Block, Jeffrey Bishop, Susan Boiko, Donald Brenneis, Elizabeth Brown, Jeffrey Calman, Ashley Capps, Kathryn Carnicia, Mark Cohen, Julie Courtney, Roberta Cummings, Phil D’Elia, Werner deFoe, Paul Dellevigne, Nina Di Leo, Yun Du, Amy Zell Ellsworth, David Falconer, William Falls, Neil Feldman, Julia Fought, Richard Frank, Philip George, Daniel Glidden, Peter and Celia Gourevitch-Falicov, Diane Guvenis, Karen Halvorson, Ann Hamilton, Adrienne Harris, Guy Hedreen, Logan Holmes, Jake Holmes, Karen Holtzman, Bernard and Marilyn Horowitz, Bronwen Jones, Gary Karr, Kevin Kennefick, Christine Kim, Alice Kornhauser, Richard Kuczkowski & Mia Leo, Lisa and Chris Kuneman/Zappala, William Kurtzer, Robert Kyr, David Lake, Jack Lampl, Daniel Lang, Lisa Lang, Michele Lerner, Scott Lescher, Carla Lord, Addison MacDonald, William Macholdt, Paula Matthusen, Sean McCain, Bill Morrison, Jeremy Mindich, Ruben Naeff, Cooper Neil, L J Newman, Ken Nielsen, Bruce Oltman, Luis Orozco, Sara Renar, Doug  Perkins, Sara Renar, Mark Robbins, Norman D. Ryan, Karen Sander, Tim Savinar, Marilyn Scannell, Diane Schelp, Cis and Jim Serling, Hubertus Siegert, Clark Silcox, Mark Solomon, Alan Stanbridge, Tom Steenland, Robert Stein, April Stewart Klausner, Dava Stravinsky, Michael Thomson, Kyle Tieman-Strauss,Emily Todd, Cia Toscanini, Vince Tseng, John Underkoffler, Vanetta Vancak, Dan VanHassel, Libby Van Cleve & Jack Vees, Debra Vilinsky, Andrew Wallach, Adam Watkins, Stefan Weisman, Claire Weisz, Curtis Wenzel, Harry White, Vina Williams, Kristina Wolfe, Scott Wollschleger, William Worn, Andrew Flora Wong, Bonnie Wright, Bora Yoon, Peter Zirnite

And thank you to our Ticket Buyers at $25 and above: Christopher Adler, Geoffrey Albert, James Alexander, Laura Alexander, Peter Allen, Simon Allen, Jim Allen, Abiud Amaro Diaz, Charles Amirkhanian, Nancy Anderson, Marc Andren, Rita Asch, Arthur Baer, Arthur Baer, Richard Baitz,  Lawrence Banks, Robert Barber, Steve Bartek, Ellizabeth Bassemir, Mark Beiderbecke, Leonard Belasco, Mary Berlow, Andrea Berne, Paige and Tom Bevis, Ted Bietz, Larry Birstock, Mark Blackman, Larry Blatecky, Fred D Bogin, Mark Borg, Juli Borst, Teddy Dean Boys, Margit Brand, Emanuele Breda, Tim Brennan, Monique Briggs, Susan Brilliant, Lisa Brinker, Joey Brown, Jon Brunelle, Pat Burkhard, Sharon Burklund, Ty Burr, Mickey Butts, Madelyn Byrne, Vicki Cabot, Colin Cahill, Leslie Cardell, Robert Carley, Aannette Carlozzi, Omar Carmenates, Frederick Casey, Jody Cassell, Thomas Catlaw, Daniel Chandler, Charles Chapman, Carlton Chase, David Chase, Roger Chase, Paul Chavez, Young Soon, Cho Jaquet, Tom Choi, Laura Christensen, Ty Citerman, Barbara Cohen-Stratyner, John Coldwell, Ashley Collins, Matt Comeione, Heidi Coplin, Tom Corrado, Lindsay Coughtry, Mitzi Cowell, Jason Crimmins, Rodney Crumrine, Karen Cummings, Corey Curtis, Aaron Cutler, Gregory Darms, Michael Daugherty, Kim Davies, Sheila Davies Sumner, Nathan Davis, Paul Dellevigne, Katharine DeShaw, Patricia Deuter, Mario Diaz de Leon, Robert Dickerson, Fiona Digney, Sean Donovan, Jean Dowdall, Jakob Dr. Sinzinger, Pamela Drexel, David Drexler, Janice Driesbach, Dana Duff, Lynn Easley, Elaine Edelman, Diane Eisenstat, Stephen Engelmann, Janeil Engelstad, Matthew Evangelista, Mike Evers, Mike Evers, Michael Fagan, Margery Fain, Ted and Leila Falk, William Falls, Ralph Farris, Susan Feder, Alan Feller, David Felton, Melissa Ferreira, Thomas Field, Chris Fielder, James Findlay, Kelly Fitz, Donald Fortescue, Alice Fox, Daniel Fox, Verena Foxx, Susan Frankel, Michael Frankhuizen, Tovia Freedman, Kaja Gam, Ariana Garber, Sandra Garner, Alan Gaynor, Katie Geissinger, Katie Geissinger, Andra Georges, Monica Germino, Ron Gianola, Rachel Gibson, Nancy Ginter, David Gladstein, Neil Glassman, Rose Gonzalez, Brian Good, Matthew Gordon, Jack Gorman, David Gorsline, Thomas Granvold, David Graves, Wade Greene, Judd Greenstein, Arwen Griffith, Gareth Griffiths, Cheri Grinnell, Augusta Gross, Robert Grubbs, Dave Grzyb, Rhoda Gubernick, John Guppy, Donald Haig, Elisabeth Halliday-Quan, Rachel Hands, Bob Harberts, Elliot Harmon, Brian Harris, Michael Harrison, Steven Hart, Susan Hartzell, Anne Hege, Charles Hendrick, George Henik, Jerome Hentsch, Juan Herrera, Barbara Hertel, Orit Hilewicz, Christopher Hill, Christopher Hill, Richard Hoffman, Schuyler Hoffman, Vicki Holcomb, James Holt, Jeaninne Honstein, Robert Honstein, Susan Horowitz, Stephen Horton, JC Hotchkiss, Philipp Hullmann, Jon Hurd, Mark Irwin, Ava Jacobi, Scott Jackson, Risa Jaroslow, Kelly Jarrett, Alan Jenkins, Sarah Jesudason, Carla E. Jimenez, Carl Johnson, Donald Johnson, Brooke Johnson, Christina Johnson, Alexander Johnston, Zoe Johnstone, Mary Margaret Jones, John Jowett, Arnold Kalmbach, Kent Karnofski, Tom Kanthak, Lisa Kaplan, James Karela,  Melanie Kasten-Krause, Pavel Katsev, Shinji Kawamoto, Debra Kaye, Robert Kearney, Cheryl Keepers, Tracy Kellmer, Daniel Kelman, Daniel Kelman, Daniel Kelman, Dawna Kemper, Clement Kent, Richard Kent, David Keogh, Paul Kerekes, Sue Killam, Isabel Kim, Byron Kim, Dave King, Pamela Kivelson, Robert Klavas, Guy & Jan Klucevsek, Elizabeth Knowles-O’Hare, Stephen Kolderup, Jamey Kollar, Rosalie Kornblau, Thomas Kriegsman, Tracy Kukkonen, Paricia Kulawiak, Dik Lampen, Jodie Landau, Lisa Lang, Dan Langa, Daniel Langa, Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti, Sarah Lazin, Julie Lees, Herb Leventer, Marsha Levin-Rojer, Renee Levine Packer, Mark Lewin, Harold Lichtin, David Lieberman, George Liebert, Kirsten Lies-Warfield, Leah Lievrouw, Wendy Lindbergh, Denise Loggins, Jane Lombard, Terry Longshore, Selene Ma, David MacDonald, Colin MacDonald, Thomas Mack, Edward MacKay, George Mallis, Ross Marshall, Alexandra  Martinez, Bill Mascioli, John Mastarone, Melissa Mazzoli, Laurie McCants, David McGuire, David McGuire, Maureen McLane, Rohana McLaughlin, Craig McNutt, Aaron Miller, Jeffrey Mills, Linda Milstein, Patrick Miqueu, Paula Mlyn, Andrea Moed, Gayle Morgan, Elizabeth Morrison, Marilyn Munsterman, Sean Murphy, Cooper Neil, Thomas Neiman, Tobin Nellhaus, Russell Nelson, Brandon Neubauer, Cynthia Nicely, Mark Niedermier, Michael Niemann, Robert Nirkind, Eleanor Nussbaum, James O’Donnell, Peter O’Gorman, Rick O’Neal, John O’Shaughnessy, John O’Toole, John Ochsendorf, Selma Odom, Takuya Oi, David Oppenheimer, Michael Organ, Nicholas Osborn, Charles Outhier, Stephanie Palmer, Mark Palmgren, Isabelle  Pannetonh, Mindy Paquin, Helen Park, Francis Patrick, Yves Perrier, Miriam Pierce, Day Piercy, Janice Pilch, Diana Pinto, Alli Poirot, James Poke, Claudia Portogallo, Kristin Pulkkinen, Sue & Mike Radlauer, Dean Rainey, Patricia Raley, Monika Rammelt, Brendon Randall-Myers, Namira Rasman, Jeanee Redmond, Rachel Reichman, Linda Reinisch, Marja Rexwinkel, Zach Rice, Michael Roach, Meghan Robertson-Labbee, Phyllis Robinson, Rogerio Rodrigues,  Sara Ronar, James Rosenfield, Randy Rosso, Marina Rothman, Jay Rozen, Nancy Ruppenthal, Lite Sabin, John Sagan, Jeanne Saier, Frank Sakalinis, Paul Salinger, James Sanford, Nathan Schimke, Ursel Schlicht,  Janet Schreiber, Gabriel Schuyler, Collette Sell, David Senie, Daryl Shawn, Richard Shaw, Jason Sigal, Steve Silberman, Kate Simmons, Barbara Simms, Debra Simon, Dutcher Snedeker, Alisa Solomon, Eva Soltes, Justin Sowa, Sergio Spedo, Kathy Stackhouse, Douglas Stapleton, Peter Stastny, Naomi Stein, Peter Stepek, Jill Strominger, David Suisman, Jameson Swanagon, Steven Swartz, Mazz Swift, Diana Sworakowski, Irene Talbott, Donna Tapper, Naomi Tarantal, Peter and Janann Taylor, Sarah Teitler, Chris Theofanidis, James Thirlwell, Doug Thomas, Jean Thomas, Kyle Tieman-Strauss, Marika Tjelios, Ola Torstensson, Cia Toscanini, Jonathan Tregear, Chris Trivell, Michael Tucker, Stan Tymorek, Jose Uribe, Jacqui Uys, Hans van Bemmelen, Henk van den Brink, Kees van Prooijen, Daniel Van Hassel, Matthew Vernon, Anton Vishio, Alexandra Walcott, Joel Walfish, Andrew Walker, Kelly Walker, Adam Walter, Stephen Want, Joseph Ward, Sara Washington, Philip Webb, David Weiner, David Weller, Brad Wells, C. Alex Wells, William Wells, Martha Westerdahl, Linda Westrick, Christopher White, LJ White, Audrey Williams, Timothy Wilson, Jane Winter, Eric Winter, Jocelyn Wolfe, Flora Wong, William Worn, Anna Wyss, Anna Wyss, Lynn Yellen, Bora Yoon, Scott Yost, Tanya Young, David Young, Pamela Z, Jonas Zimmermann, Judith Zissman

Bang on a Can’s 2020-21 programs are made possible with generous lead support from: Amphion Foundation, ASCAP and ASCAP Foundation, Atlantic Records, Daniel Baldini, Stephen A. Block, Bishop Fund, Jeffrey Calman, Charina Endowment Fund, City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs, Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, Exploring the Arts, Howard Gilman Foundation, Jaffe Family Foundation,, Alan Kifferstein & Joan Finkelstein, Michael Kushner, Leslie Lassiter, Herb Leventer, MAP Fund, Raulee Marcus, MASS MoCA, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Jeremy Mindich & Amy Smith, Elizabeth Murrell & Gary Haney, National Endowment for the Arts, New Music USA, New York Community Trust, New York State Council on the Arts (with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature), Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Scopia Capital Management, Matthew Sirovich & Meredith Elson, Maria & Robert A. Skirnick, Jane & Dick Stewart, Sandra Tait and Hal Foster, Trust for Mutual Understanding, Williamson Foundation for Music, Adam Wolfensohn & Jennifer Small, and Wolfensohn Family Foundation.

Bang on a Can’s Board of Directors: Michael Kushner, president; Sandra Tait, vice-president; Alan Kifferstein, Treasurer; Robert A. Skirnick, secretary. Betto Arcos, Daniel Baldini, Jeffrey Bishop, Stephen Block, Jeffrey Calman, Michael Gordon, Lynette Jaffe, David Lang, Leslie Lassiter, George Lewis, Raulee Marcus, Elizabeth Murrell, Jane Stewart, Julia Wolfe, Adam Wolfensohn

Bang on a Can Staff:

Artistic Directors: Michael Gordon, David Lang, Julia Wolfe
Executive Director: Kenny Savelson
Development Director & OneBeat Oversight: Tim Thomas
Project Manager: Philippa Thompson
Producer: Sruly Lazaros
1Beat Co-Directors: Chris Marianetti, Jeremy Thal, Elena Moon Park
1Beat Managers: Kyla-Rose Smith and Ezra Tenenbaum
Accounts Manager: Brian Petuch
Online Store Manager: Adam Cuthbert
Archive Content Manager: Matt Evans
Assistant Store Manager: Cassie Wieland
Publicity: Jensen Artists