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Elton John Joins With Musicians Worldwide In Commemoration of Daniel Pearl Music Days
OCTOBER 6-15, 2006

Los Angeles, CA – September 21, 2006— The Daniel Pearl Foundation today announced that Elton John will join hundreds of amateur and professional musicians from around the world who are registering to participate in the fifth annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days, which takes place October 6-15. The event is intended to promote unity and tolerance through the universal language of music. This year’s participants currently include:

  • Elton John performances from October 6 -15th
  • Symphony orchestras in London, South Africa, Israel, Los Angeles, Qatar, Alabama and New Hampshire
  • Neo soul artist Nya Jade performing in New York City
  • The world premiere of Steve Reich's "Daniel Variations" at Barbican Centre, London and Carnegie Hall, New York
  • “Bo Diddley and Friends” in Louisiana
  • A performance by Lamajamal at the Chicago World Music Festival
  • The Festival of India featuring Sitar and Sarod presented by the World Music Institute in New York City
  • Hollywood Interfaith Choir Festival
  • Javed Bashir & Troupe premier performance in Karachi, Pakistan
  • Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Youth Performance in San Francisco

"We are honored that Elton John is once again participating in Daniel Pearl World Music Days,” said Ruth Pearl, Daniel's mother and founding member of the Daniel Pearl Foundation. “Elton John is truly one of the world’s foremost musical artists and his participation has helped us build an international network of concerts dedicated to bridging cultural divides and promoting tolerance through the universal language of music.”

Judea Pearl, Daniel’s father and president of the Daniel Pearl Foundation, added, "Danny was a talented musician and principled journalist who connected with all cultures and found magic in every person. World Music Days, which commemorates Danny's Oct. 10 birthday, is his legacy to unite people in a stand for sanity and humanity. To participate, we simply ask that the participants say a few words from the stage or in the program in affirmation of the principles for which Danny stood."

Dedicating his song “Daniel” to World Music Days in 2004, Elton John said “I’d like to dedicate this song to the memory of Daniel Pearl who was a journalist who was brutally murdered while doing his job in the bravest of circumstances and to recognize those journalists who do go out in the forefront of danger.”

Participation entails no financial obligations and online registration is open to all genres at www.musicdays.org or email [email protected]. Past participants include Elton John, R.E.M., Yo-Yo Ma, Cheb i Sabbah, DJ Jeremy Sole, Michael Franti, Los Lobos, the Arab-Israeli Orchestra of Nazareth, and many others. This year, artists in Slovakia, Egypt, Taiwan, Israel, Pakistan, Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, El Salvador, Mexico, China, Qatar, India, Sweden, France, United Kingdom, Germany, South Africa, Canada, Australia, United States, New Zealand and Taiwan have already registered, with hundreds more expected.

Famed jazz innovator Herbie Hancock, summed up the spirit behind the events in a recent public service announcement, "Join me in using the universal language of music to diminish hatred, respect differences and reach out in friendship."

Running hand in hand with the network of concerts is World Music Days eStage - an on-line gallery and radio station showcasing words, music, and art echoing a theme of unity, tolerance and understanding. Features already planned for the internet radio, sponsored by Live 365, include the peace-promoting music of Earthdance, a podcast by Todd Mack and his Off-The-Beat-NTrack radio hour, and the launch of a Daniel Pearl World Music Days MySpace page. www.myspace.com/danielpearlworldmusicdays

Daniel Pearl World Music Days V Honorary Committee is composed of luminary musicians and artists from many genres, including Salman Ahmad, Theodore Bikel, Yefim Bronfman, Hamza el Din, Ida Haendel, Herbie Hancock, Elton John, Tania Libertad, Yo-Yo Ma, Zubin Mehta, Mark O'Connor, George Pehlivanian, Itzhak Perlman, R.E.M., A.J. Racy, Steve Reich, Mohammad Reza Shajarian, Ravi Shankar, Russell Simmons, Barbra Streisand, John Williams.

About the Daniel Pearl Foundation
The Daniel Pearl Foundation was formed in 2002 in memory of journalist Daniel Pearl to promote the ideals that inspired his life and work. The world came to know Daniel Pearl as The Wall Street Journal reporter who was murdered by terrorists in Karachi, Pakistan. Since then, he has been remembered more for his humanity and love of life than his senseless death. The Daniel Pearl Foundation works domestically and internationally to promote cross-cultural understanding, to combat cultural and religious hatred, to encourage responsible and creative journalism, and to enrich people’s lives through music. For more information please visit www.danielpearl.org.

Media Contact:
Jeff Lloyd
Sitrick and Company
(212) 573-6100

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