LOS ANGELES, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The 9th Annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days begins today with music events by artists of every genre from every corner of the globe. The global network of music events unites and works to raise awareness and promote peace, tolerance and understanding of our shared humanity throughout the month of October. More than 1000 performances in 59 countries have already registered at www.danielpearlmusicdays.org to answer this call for "Harmony for Humanity." Music at these performances will be dedicated to the ideals of Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter and musician who was kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan in 2002.
Everyone is invited to participate: musicians, community groups, orchestras, schools and houses of worship. Participation is simple and free - register your event at www.danielpearlmusicdays.org and then make a dedication from the stage or in the written program. Registration remains open throughout the month of October, allowing interested musicians to continue to join this global initiative.
"Our son Danny was a talented musician who connected people through words and music in every country he visited, often joining local music groups and participating in impromptu jam sessions," explained Judea and Ruth Pearl, Co-Founders of the Daniel Pearl Foundation. "World Music Days' message has clearly struck a chord. Over and over we hear from artists -- many of whom participate year after year -- how the simple act of a few words of dedication empowers and inspires both the artist and audience with a sense of purpose and unity around our shared humanity."
Spanning across musical and geographic boundaries, World Music Days participants this year include Honorary Committee members Herbie Hancock, Ravi Shankar, Itzhak Perlman, Zubin Mehta, Dave Koz, Mark O'Connor and George Pehlivanian.
"The reach of this program is growing steadily every year. It is incredibly rewarding to hear the enthusiasm of the participating musicians who are looking to inspire their audience through this opportunity. Each participating event and artist are making a difference in this world," added Paul Karlsen, Program Director
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 people through music. For more information please visit www.danielpearl.org.
SOURCE Daniel Pearl Foundation