7th Annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days to be Held October 1-31, 2008

Musicians On Every Continent are joining to Spread 'Harmony for Humanity'

May 01, 2008, 01:00 ET from Daniel Pearl Foundation

    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
 Humanity" concerts.
     For more information, please visit http://www.danielpearlmusicdays.org
 or contact World Music Days Program Manager Paul Karlsen

SOURCE Daniel Pearl Foundation