Musicians Worldwide Heed the Call to 'Harmony for Humanity'
Over 20 Countries Take Part in the Sixth Annual Daniel Pearl World Music
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 www.danielpearlmusicdays.org as part of a musical movement promoting tolerance, international friendship and "Harmony for Humanity". 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 www.danielpearlmusicdays.org 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 www.danielpearlmusicdays.org. 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 www.danielpearl.org.
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