OneBeat 2012, the inaugural year of OneBeat, brought together 32 musicians from 21 countries together for a month-long residency and tour. This incredible group of musicians came to the U.S. to collaboratively write, produce, and perform original music, and develop ways that music can make a positive impact on our local and global communities. OneBeat is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, produced by Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation.

The details of this memorable journey from the Atlantic Center for the Arts to New York city were written during OneBeat by Adriel Luis, poet, designer, and musician who served as OneBeat media director in 2012.