Alison Krauss Joins Daniel Pearl World Music Days Honorary Committee

"Harmony for Humanity" Network of Concerts - October 1-31, 2008

Aug 19, 2008, 01:00 ET from Daniel Pearl Foundation

    LOS ANGELES, Aug. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The Daniel Pearl Foundation today
 announced that Alison Krauss, the legendary country bluegrass fiddler and
 singer, has joined the Honorary Committee of the 7th Annual Daniel Pearl
 World Music Days (, a global network of
 performances to be held the entire month of October 2008, in the theme
 "Harmony for Humanity."
     "We are deeply honored that Alison Krauss has joined our distinguished
 World Music Days Honorary Committee," said Judea Pearl, father of Daniel
 Pearl and president of the Daniel Pearl Foundation. "Danny loved to perform
 and listen to country bluegrass, and Alison Krauss was one of his
 favorites. Her participation on the Committee will expand our outreach to
 fans and performers of bluegrass, country, gospel, and roots music in
 ringing the earth for sanity and humanity."
     Winner of numerous awards, including her 21st Grammy(R) award, Alison
 Krauss has been described as "the most recognized face in contemporary
 bluegrass." She is a critically acclaimed artist who has brought modern
 sophistication to the genre while respecting its traditions. She has been
 able to circulate freely within pop, mainstream country and roots music
 circles, creating impeccably produced recordings that appeal to an equally
 wide-ranging and inquisitive audience. Her latest albums are A Hundred
 Miles Or More, a collection with long time bandmates Union Station, and
 Raising Sand with Robert Plant.
     Other members of the World Music Days Honorary Committee include Herbie
 Hancock, R.E.M., Sir Elton John, Yo-Yo Ma, Ravi Shankar, Salman Ahmad,
 Yefim Bronfman, Theodore Bikel, Ida Haendel, Tania Libertad, Zubin Mehta,
 Itzhak Perlman, Mohammad Reza Shajarian, Steve Reich, Mark O'Connor,
 Russell Simmons, Barbra Streisand and John Williams.
     Daniel Pearl World Music Days
     Inspired by the life of journalist Daniel Pearl, a talented musician
 who himself played with bluegrass, classical, folk and jazz groups wherever
 he traveled, World Music Days began in 2002 as an international "jam
 session" to commemorate Pearl's October 10 birthday and to unite people
 around their shared humanity. Since 2002 over 2000 concerts in 75 countries
 have participated in this international phenomenon, honoring Pearl's
 passion for forging borderless friendships through music.
     There is no financial obligation to participate in World Music Days.
 Musicians are invited to register their upcoming October 2008 events online
 and then simply say a few words from the stage in support of tolerance and
 international understanding. In addition to professionals of every musical
 genre, amateurs, schools and other youth groups are invited to join Daniel
 Pearl World Music Days with a musical offering -- be it a dedication of a
 single song or an entire performance.
     Registered events are posted on the World Music Days Web site where
 participating musicians can also create an Artist Page with biographical
 info, photos and links to their own Web sites, MySpace pages and YouTube
 videos. In addition, "Harmony for Humanity" e-Stage, a 24/7 dedicated
 internet radio station, is broadcast worldwide throughout October, and
 includes original compositions dedicated to the principles for which Daniel
 Pearl lived, as well as music by the World Music Days Honorary Committee,
 past and present winners of the Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin, and Danny's
 own music.
     To register an October performance visit
 Events taking place outside the October 1-31, 2008 time frame may be
 registered as "Tribute Events" and will also be featured on the Web site.
     The Daniel Pearl Foundation
     Daniel Pearl's kidnapping and murder by terrorists in Pakistan in 2002
 touched millions who never knew him. By developing innovative international
 programs focused on journalism, music and respectful dialogue, the Daniel
 Pearl Foundation seeks to counter the hatred and intolerance that took his
 life. For more information please visit

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