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
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