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Musicians Worldwide Invited to Participate in “Harmony for Humanity”

Los Angeles, CA – July 2006 — The Daniel Pearl Foundation today announced that the fifth annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days will be held October 6-15. Musicians worldwide - amateur and professional – are invited to participate in this global event and to use the power of music to help spread a message of hope and unity.

Many exceptional performances have already been scheduled this year, including the world premiere of acclaimed composer Steve Reich’s “Daniel Variations” at the Barbican Centre in London, the Los Angeles Master Chorale performing music by Haydn and Glass at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and a Youth Bluegrass Day in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.

"Danny was a talented musician and principled journalist who respected all cultures and found magic in every person," said Judea Pearl, Daniel’s father and president of the Daniel Pearl Foundation. “World Music Days, which commemorates Danny’s October 10th birthday, is his legacy to raise awareness of our common humanity. All musicians, no matter their genre, are invited to dedicate performances held from October 6th through 15th. We simply ask that they say a few words from the stage or in the program in affirmation of the principles for which Danny stood."

Since World Music Days’ inception, artists from more than 60 countries with musical events large or small have united in this global network of concerts. This year’s 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, and John Williams.

Daniel Pearl World Music Days
To participate, register online at www.musicdays.org. Musicians and artists are also invited to submit music, poetry, art, articles and dedications to the World Music Days eStage - an on-line gallery and radio station showcasing words and music that affirm the oneness of mankind. This is not a fund raising event and musical groups incur no financial obligation by registering and participating.

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

Foundation Contact:
Jackie Gelfand
Executive Director
Daniel Pearl Foundation
(310) 441-1400

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