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It's NEA Arts.... for your ears

Did you know that the digital version of NEA Arts magazine gives you access to exclusive online-only content? This quarter's issue features four additional stories, including two that are for-your-ears-only. First up, Adam Kampe interviews two artists associated with the State Department's OneBeat program, which brings young international musicians to the U.S. for a collaborative residency and tour. Here's how Hungarian musician Vera Jonas characterizes One Beat:

"I think OneBeat is a very small but a very visible and important step towards openness. -- Vera Jonas

Click through to hear more from Jonas and fellow OneBeat artist Bill Sellanga of Kenya.

Our next audio feature, by NEA podcast queen Josephine Reed, heads south (virtually, at least) for a chat with Chilean saxophonist Melissa Aldana. Born into a long line of jazz musicians, Aldana started playing in jazz clubs at 11 and was just 16 when she enrolled at the Berklee College of Music. Her early promise paid off in spades: in 2013 she took top honors at the prestigious--and uber competitive--Thelonius Monk International Jazz Competition. Here's Aldana on the importance of learning from her musical peers past and present:

it’s
really important to really know what happened before me, to check out
everything, and then to really know what is going on these days with the
young musicians, my generation, what they’re doing, and one generation
before or two generations before. So, that is something really important
to me. - See more at:
http://arts.gov/photos/melissa-aldana-continuing-tradition#sthash.um8Y5K...

"It’s really important to really know what happened before me, to check out everything, and then to really know what is going on these days with the young musicians, my generation, what they’re doing, and one generation before or two generations before. I’m able to express myself and take whatever I like from the past, from the present, from what happened, and bring it into my music." -- Melissa Aldana

Click through to hear the full conversation with Aldana.

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I
think OneBeat is a very small but a very visible and important step
towards openness. - See more at:
http://arts.gov/audio/onebeat-music-cultural-diplomacy#sthash.jRnrXpfd.dpuf
I
think OneBeat is a very small but a very visible and important step
towards openness. - See more at:
http://arts.gov/audio/onebeat-music-cultural-diplomacy#sthash.jRnrXpfd.dpuf
I
think OneBeat is a very small but a very visible and important step
towards openness. - See more at:
http://arts.gov/audio/onebeat-music-cultural-diplomacy#sthash.jRnrXpfd.dpuf

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