Thrumming Thresholds: OneBeat Abq at the Rail Yards
Burque enjoys its fair share of excellent festivals, drawing world-class creators and their innovative projects to our arid doorstep on a regular basis. But OneBeat is something rare and unique. Twenty-five musicians—indie-rockers, experimental vocalists, traditional instrumentalists and more—from 17 countries stay in the US for a month, writing, performing and producing new music. Fresh from a two-week residency at mobile studios in California, they're headed to the Rail Yards (777 First Street SW) on Saturday, Nov. 1, to premiere collaborative sounds composed specifically for their Duke City appearance. The group's broad theme of Audible Visible has been geographically honed to center on Day of the Dead and all the transition and metamorphosis the holiday invokes.
Besides enjoying intense auditory gratification, attendees can drink in the sights with You are the Doorway, an art installation eschewing skeletons but hewing to the theme of passage between life and death. Local installation talent Billy Joe Miller has rounded up visual, performing and video artists to devise their own takes on the subject, including Edie Tsong of Santa Fe, whose interactive exploration will allow visitors to send messages to the other world—and hear them called out across the expanse of the Yards' Blacksmith Shop on a megaphone. Arrive early (5pm) to enjoy the art accompanied by customized ambient music, and stay for the rhythms of the OneBeat musicians from 6 to 9pm. A $5 donation is suggested for this one-night consummation; check bit.ly/