Alison Krauss signs up for Danny Pearl event
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
– Alison Krauss has joined the Honorary Committee of the seventh Annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days, a global network of performances to be held the entire month of October in the theme "Harmony for Humanity."
"We are deeply honored that Alison Krauss has joined our distinguished
World Music Days Honorary Committee," said Judea Pearl, father of Daniel
Pearl and president of the Daniel Pearl Foundation. "Danny loved to perform
and listen to country bluegrass, and Alison Krauss was one of his favorites. Her participation on the committee will expand our outreach to fans and performers of bluegrass, country, gospel, and roots music in ringing the earth for sanity and humanity."
Other members of the World Music Days Honorary Committee include Herbie Hancock, R.E.M., Sir Elton John, Yo-Yo Ma, Ravi Shankar, Salman Ahmad,
Yefim Bronfman, Theodore Bikel, Ida Haendel, Tania Libertad, Zubin Mehta,
Itzhak Perlman, Mohammad Reza Shajarian, Steve Reich, Mark O'Connor,
Russell Simmons, Barbra Streisand and John Williams.
Inspired by the life of journalist Pearl, who was murdered by Islamic fanatics in 2002. He was a talented musician who himself played with bluegrass, classical, folk and jazz groups wherever
he traveled, World Music Days began in 2002 as an international "jam session" to commemorate Pearl's Oct. 10 birthday and to unite people around their shared humanity. Since 2002, more than 2,000 concerts in 75 countries have participated in this international phenomenon, honoring Pearl's passion for forging borderless friendships through music. There is no financial obligation to participate in World Music Days.
Musicians are invited to register their upcoming October 2008 events online
and then simply say a few words from the stage in support of tolerance and
international understanding. In addition to professionals of every musical
genre, amateurs, schools and other youth groups are invited to join Daniel
Pearl World Music Days with a musical offering - be it a dedication of a
single song or an entire performance.
Registered events are posted on the World Music Days Web site where
participating musicians can also create an Artist Page with biographical
info, photos and links to their own Web sites, MySpace pages and YouTube
videos. In addition, "Harmony for Humanity" e-Stage, a 24/7 dedicated
internet radio station, is broadcast worldwide throughout October, and
includes original compositions dedicated to the principles for which Daniel
Pearl lived, as well as music by the World Music Days Honorary Committee,
past and present winners of the Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin, and Danny's
To register an October performance, visit http://www.danielpearlmusicdays.org. Events taking place outside the Oct. 1-31 time frame may be registered as "Tribute Events" and will also be featured on the Web site.
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