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8th Annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days – October 1st – 31st, 2009

An international network of concerts using the power of music to reaffirm our commitment to tolerance and humanity. Since 2002, Daniel Pearl World Music Days has grown to include the participation of more than 3,100 performances in 85 countries.

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. Danny’s family and friends came together to work towards a more humane world, forming the Daniel Pearl Foundation. The mission of the Foundation is to promote cross-cultural understanding through journalism, music, and innovative communications.

Danny 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. Commemorating Danny’s October 10th birthday, World Music Days uses the universal language of music to encourage fellowship across cultures and build a platform for “Harmony for Humanity.” The Daniel Pearl Foundation invites you to join us by dedicating your music performance this October as part of the 8th Annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days. 

There is no financial obligation to participate and all musicians are welcome. World Music Days is an awareness raiser, not a fundraiser. By simply registering your event on our website and including a dedication from the stage or in the printed program of your October performances, you will reaffirm your commitment to international friendship and take a stand against the divisive forces that took Danny’s life. As a member of this global network of concerts, your music will inspire your audiences with a sense of unity and purpose.

“Together with a diverse group of Honorary Committee artists, we celebrate and support the Foundation’s mission of using the power of music to promote cross-cultural understanding and remind people of all cultures and religions that we share a common humanity.” – R.E.M.

How It Works – Participating is easy with 2 Simple Steps

1.  Click Sign-Up, create a User Name and Password, then register your upcoming performances scheduled between October 1- 31, 2009. Your event information will be included in our online Events Calendar that receives both local and international exposure. Tribute Events are also welcome outside of the month of October.

2. At your event, simply make a dedication from the stage or in the printed program supporting the theme of “Harmony for Humanity”. View Sample Dedications

“Tonight’s Junoon concert is dedicated to Danny Pearl…his life was brutally taken away by those who only bow to the gods of hate, fanaticism and bigotry. Danny you will be missed by all of us who still believe that goodness and courage can overcome all injustices.” Junoon, Pakistan

World Music Days eStage “Harmony for Humanity”

During the entire month of October, World Music Days presents eStage, an online multimedia gallery that features our Internet Radio Station. eStage also showcases original music, lyrics, poems, stories, artwork, photographs, videos and articles provided by participants like you that support Danny’s belief that music, journalism and dialogue can build bridges across cultural divides and help achieve international friendship.

Make your voice heard around the world by visiting eStage to upload your original content in the theme of “Harmony for Humanity.”

  • Submit your recorded music for international radio play
  • Send digital art or photos
  • Submit an original poem or story
  • Report on a World Music Days event in your area
  • Offer your thoughts on what “Harmony for Humanity” means to you


More at http://www.danielpearlmusicdays.org/

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American conductor, composer and cellist Kenneth Woods is Principal Conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Colorado MahlerFest and cellist of the string trio Ensemble Epomeo. He records for the Avie, Somm, Nimbus, Signum, MSR and Toccata labels.

Learn about Kenneth at www.kennethwoods.net

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