LOS ANGELES, May 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The Daniel Pearl Foundation today
announced that the 7th annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days will be held
October 1 - 31, 2008. Musicians of every genre - professional, amateur and
youth - are invited to participate in this global network of concerts,
using the power of music to help spread a message of hope, unity and
"Harmony for Humanity." Performances by the World Music Days Honorary
Committee, including this year's Grammy Award winner Herbie Hancock, are
expected to be among the highlights, as in previous years.
Since World Music Days' inception, more than 2,000 concerts in 77
countries have been dedicated in memory of Daniel Pearl, The Wall Street
Journal reporter murdered by extremists in Pakistan shortly after 9/11.
Pearl was a talented musician who believed in the power of music to bridge
differences and unite people around their shared humanity. The Foundation
established World Music Days in 2002 to honor his October 10 birthday.
"Danny joined musical groups in every community he visited, playing
everything from classical and jazz to folk, rock and bluegrass," explained
Judea Pearl, Daniel's father and president of the Daniel Pearl Foundation.
"He used music to overcome cultural and language barriers, leaving a long
trail of musician friends around the globe. World Music Days continues his
legacy of hope and international friendship."
World Music Days is an awareness raising network, not a fundraiser, and
there is no financial obligation to participate. Musicians simply register
their prescheduled or specially planned October performances at
http://www.danielpearlmusicdays.org, and make a statement from the stage or
in the printed program in support of the "Harmony for Humanity" theme. The
World Music Days website offers participating musicians the chance to
promote their music via individual Artist Pages, featuring biographical
information, photos, flyers, links to websites, MySpace pages and YouTube
links. Dedicated concerts outside of October can also be registered as
special "Tribute Events".
"In 2007, artists at more than 500 concerts in 42 countries set a
record by speaking out for sanity and humanity," said World Music Days'
Program Manager Paul Karlsen. "The World Music Days eStage, our streaming
Internet Radio Station, reached listeners in 77 countries; enabling
musicians to introduce themselves to an international audience who shares
their vision for world peace and cross cultural understanding. In addition
to dedicating live October performances in 2008, we encourage all musicians
to visit the eStage section on the World Music Days website to submit
original music and lyrics in the theme of 'Harmony for Humanity' theme."
The World Music Days Honorary Committee is composed of celebrated
International artists who represent a broad spectrum of musical styles from
classical to hip hop including Salman Ahmad, Theodore Bikel, Yefim
Bronfman, Ida Haendel, Herbie Hancock, Elton John, Tania Libertad, Yo-Yo
Ma, Zubin Mehta, Mark O'Connor, George Pehlivanian, Itzhak Perlman, R.E.M.,
A.J. Racy, Steve Reich, Mohammad Reza Shajarian, Ravi Shankar, Russell
Simmons, Barbra Streisand, and John Williams.
The Daniel Pearl Foundation http://www.danielpearl.org was formed in
2002 in memory of journalist/musician Daniel Pearl to promote the ideals
that inspired his life and work. It works domestically and internationally
to promote dialogue and understanding, to counter cultural and religious
hatred, to encourage responsible and creative journalism, and to enrich
people's lives through music. After Danny's funeral in August 2002, in the
spirit of his love for music, his family decided to inspire hope and unity
by inviting people everywhere to dedicate a musical event on the day he
would have turned 39 years old. Thus, the seeds were planted for Daniel
Pearl World Music Days, which is now a full month of worldwide "Harmony for
For more information, please visit http://www.danielpearlmusicdays.org
or contact World Music Days Program Manager Paul Karlsen
SOURCE Daniel Pearl Foundation