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 (www.danielpearlmusicdays.org), 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 www.danielpearlmusicdays.org. 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 www.danielpearl.org.
SOURCE Daniel Pearl Foundation