One Voice/One Drum: DEM ONE & PC Muñoz

"One Voice/One Drum" is a new audio/visual collaboration between three accomplished Bay Area artists: acclaimed San Francisco percussionist PC Muñoz, San José rapper (and this year's Silicon Valley Mentor of the Year) DEM ONE, and award-winning peninsula-based filmmaker Christopher "Paper Son" Woon.

A stirring call to action, riveting contemporary visual document, and arresting minimalist musical statement all at once, "One Voice/One Drum" aims to cut through the contemporary media morass by bravely stripping the art down to the most basic of tools: a lone voice, a solitary drum, and stark black and white footage. "One Voice/One Drum" was recorded and filmed at San Francisco's Studio Trilogy, a stunning state-of-the-art facility favored by heavyweights like Lady Gaga, Lil' Wayne, Kronos Quartet, and R. Kelly.

Though DEM ONE has worked with both Muñoz and Woon previously, this is the first collaboration between the trio, who all have a propensity for diverse and unique projects. Muñoz first made a name for himself as an "art-funk" solo artist, charting on CMJ's hip-hop charts and collaborating with everyone from rock legend Jackson Browne to Kulintang master Danny Kalanduyan. Muñoz's partnership with longtime Kronos Quartet cellist Joan Jeanrenaud has generated two highly buzzed-about contemporary classical projects: the stately, Grammy-nominated "Strange Toys" and the iTunes-charting beats-and-cello workout, "Pop-Pop". DEM ONE, whose delivery has been compared to Common and Black Thought of The Roots, has built a loyal cult of followers in the South Bay; local hip-hop luminaries such as D-Styles, Hen Boogie, and Motion Man are all professed fans. He has opened for Quannum hero Lyrics Born, performed at the legendary Fillmore Auditorium, and spit countless guest verses on various projects and releases.

Woon's passion for uncovering narratives of communities on the margins (especially Asian-American ones) led him to create the compelling documentary "Among B-Boys", which has been touring over the past two years in film festivals and is currently being shown on PBS. His skills also extend to the sonic: Woon additionally makes music with his band Agent 126 and creates beats and remixes under the name “Paper Son”, for such artists as O2, Khabral, Swapmeet Ensemble, Mr. Milin, Grand the Visitor, Bwan, DaVinci, and Bambu.

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