Musicians Worldwide Heed the Call to 'Harmony for Humanity'

- Press Release

From Elton John, Los Lobos and the London Philharmonia to Pakistan's MTV award-winning band Strings, hundreds of
performances worldwide are scheduled throughout October as part of the Fourth
Annual Daniel Pearl Music Days ( ), a global network of
musical events on Oct. 1-10. Concert registrations from both amateur and
professional musicians are flowing into the Music Days website daily to join
this international phenomenon of "Harmony for Humanity."

Daniel Pearl Music Days began in 2002 as an international "jam session" to
commemorate the Oct. 10 birthday of murdered journalist Daniel Pearl, who
played classical, jazz and bluegrass music wherever he traveled. In addition
to the hundreds of live performances scheduled this year, Music Days' "Harmony
for Humanity" e-Stage will expand the Daniel Pearl Foundation's
( ) program of promoting cross cultural understanding
through an internet radio station that will play original compositions,
lyrics, and playlists inspired by the Music Days' theme.

"Music Days is about raising awareness of the universal power of music to
bridge cultural divides; it is not a fundraiser," explained Jackie Gelfand,
Executive Director of The Daniel Pearl Foundation. "Musicians can register a
song or full concert, a DJ can dedicate a radio show or a club set; an
orchestra can offer a performance, single composition, or open rehearsal; a
youth group can perform at a school event; and music lovers can show their
support either by attending performances listed on our website or visiting our
online e-Stage radio station throughout October."

Scheduled Music Days dedications will include tributes from a wide variety
of musical genres including the Narambi Cultural Festival of Traditional Music
in India, Costa Rica's Promising Artists of the 21st Century Showcase, Zubin
Mehta and the Israeli Philharmonic, San Francisco's Living Word Festival, The
Whirling Dervishes of Turkey, Nubian music's Hamza El Din, the International
Bach Festival in Toronto, Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Masango Band in
Cameroon, and Friend Of Danny Festival, FODfest in Southfield, Massachusetts
to name a few. Artists in locations as varied as Japan, Germany, Kenya,
Poland, Nepal and New Zealand, as well as over 130 in the United States have
already registered.

"We are honored to have such a varied and celebrated group of artists
joining Music Days and using the power of music to promote cross-cultural
understanding," said Judea Pearl, father of Daniel Pearl and president of the
Daniel Pearl Foundation. "Danny was a talented musician who always connected
people through words and music; he truly lived the Music Days theme of
'Harmony for Humanity.'"

The Daniel Pearl Music Days Honorary Committee spans a wide variety of
musical genres. Hip hop "godfather" Russell Simmons and jazz, pop, bluegrass
and rock superstars Herbie Hancock, Sir Elton John, Mark O'Connor, Barbra
Streisand and R.E.M join with classical virtuosos Yefim Bronfman, Ida Haendel,
Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman; ethnic music masters Salman Ahmad, Theodore
Bikel, Hamza el Din, Tania Libertad, Mohammad Reza Shajarian and Ravi Shankar,
as well as composers and conductors George Pehlivanian, Zubin Mehta, Steve
Reich and John Williams.

"The simple, yet profound message of Daniel Pearl Music Days continues to
empower and unite both performers and audiences in a meaningful celebration of
the oneness of humanity," said Ruth Pearl, Daniel Pearl's mother. "We are
humbled that Danny's belief in music as a universal language has proven to be
an inspiring legacy of hope in these troubled times."

To register a Music Days 2005 performance or to listen to the "Harmony for
Humanity e-Stage, please visit

Daniel Pearl's murder by terrorists in Pakistan in 2002 touched millions.
By developing innovative international programs focused on journalism, music
and respectful dialogue, the Daniel Pearl Foundation seeks to counter the
hatred and intolerance that took his life. For more information please visit

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