Wednesday, October 10, 2007

fashion + travel + music:
"Daniel Pearl World Music Days" Turns Political Tragedy Into Music Activism



Daniel Pearl World Music Days was created in response to the 2002 kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl at the hands of extremists in Karachi, Pakistan. As well as being a recognized journalist, Daniel was a talented musician who joined musical groups in every community in which he lived, leaving behind a long trail of musician-friends spanning the entire world. He believed in the power of music to heal and inspire people.

Danny's family and friends came together to work towards a more humane world, forming the Daniel Pearl Foundation, whose mission is to promote cross-cultural understanding through journalism, music, and dialogue. The Daniel Pearl Music Days festival is an awareness raising global event uniting musicians for the purposes of promoting harmony and tolerance. The way the event works is that musicians sign up on the foundation site and simply pledge to make a dedication to "harmony for humanity" during their performance. The site provides you with a scripted dedication if desired. In addition the site offers musicians and poets an opportunity to stream a musical or spoken dedication, or notification of a Daniel Pearl Music Days live music event supporting the cause.

International music superstars highlight the list of participant musical talent including the like of Itzak Perlman, who dedicated his October 3rd performance at the San Francisco Symphony, Herbie Hancock who will dedicate his performance on the 11th in Japan, and Elton John who will dedicate his concert in Caesars Palace Nevada on October 16,2007. From Kabul to Shanghai to Las Vegas, Daniel Pearl World Music Days is a beautiful metaphor for our deepest desire to manifest a greater spirit of peace in this often very turbulent world.

For more information on supporting the Daniel Pearly Foundation or participating in Daniel Pearly World Music days go to : www. danielpearlmusicdays.org.

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