Musicians Worldwide Heed the Call to 'Harmony for Humanity'

Over 20 Countries Take Part in the Sixth Annual Daniel Pearl World Music


Oct 02, 2007, 01:00 ET from Daniel Pearl Foundation

    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- From Mickey Hart's
 Global Drum Project, composer John Adams with the Baltimore Symphony and
 Argentina's tango star Roxana Fontan to the National Heritage Fiddle
 Masters featuring Ireland's Celtic master Kevin Burke and country music
 legend Johnny Gimble, over 335 concerts will be dedicated as part of the
 Sixth Annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days network of concerts throughout
 October. Both professional and amateur artists are registering upcoming
 performances online at as part of a musical
 movement promoting tolerance, international friendship and "Harmony for
     Started in 2002 to commemorate the October 10 birthday of Daniel Pearl,
 the Wall Street Journal reporter & musician murdered by terrorists in
 Pakistan, tributes this year are scheduled at a variety of prominent venues
 including the Red Violin Festival in Wales; the Melbourne International
 Arts Festival; the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco; the
 Savannah Jazz Festival; Berlin's Ballhaus Naunyn Cultural Center; Madrid's
 premier jazz club Cafe Central; and the Singapore Sun Festival. Celebrated
 international favorites also are dedicating upcoming performances including
 World Music Days Honorary Committee members Sir Elton John, Herbie Hancock,
 Mark O'Connor, Steve Reich. Theodore Bikel, Itzhak Perlman, Peru's Tania
 Libertad, Pakistan's Salman Ahmad, and India's Ravi Shankar, with many more
 global artists expected to register by October 15. To participate,
 musicians make a brief statement from the stage in recognition of the power
 of music to promote cross-cultural understanding.
     "This year we are honored that President Bush has issued an official
 presidential statement recognizing the importance of World Music Days as a
 vehicle for uniting people in our shared humanity," said Danny's father,
 Judea Pearl, who is President of the Daniel Pearl Foundation. "In addition,
 Los Angeles and San Francisco have issued resolutions officially making
 Danny's October 10th birthday Daniel Pearl World Music Day in each city and
 urging their artists and citizens to support our mission."
     To listen to the World Music Days "Harmony for Humanity eStage", a
 streaming internet radio station, visit and
 click on "About eStage". Broadcast throughout the entire month of October,
 eStage offers music by members of the World Music Days Honorary Committee,
 winners of the annual Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin, Danny himself playing
 with various bands, past World Music Days performances, original
 compositions and more. The eStage online gallery also offers poems,
 articles and photographs inspired by the legacy of Daniel Pearl.
     "Danny was a talented musician who used his love of music to connect
 with people wherever he traveled," said his mother Ruth Pearl. "It is a
 tribute to his life work of connecting people through words and music that
 World Music Days brings together a broad spectrum of celebrated classical
 artists such as pianist Andre Watts and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra
 with ethnic world beat masters, blues, rock, bluegrass and jazz musicians
 plus numerous children's choral groups."
     To register a live performance as part of Daniel Pearl World Music Days
 2007, or to learn more about the "Harmony for Humanity eStage" visit
     The Daniel Pearl Foundation works domestically and internationally to
 promote cross-cultural understanding, to counter cultural and religious
 hatred, to encourage responsible and creative journalism, and to unite and
 enrich people through music. For more information please visit

SOURCE Daniel Pearl Foundation