Once again we present our Annual Peace Concert and Tribute to Daniel Pearl World Music Days on Oct 7th, 8PM at Trumpets Jazz Club in Montclair, NJ. Our peace concerts began the month of September in 2001, just a few short weeks after the terrorist attacks on Sept 11th. Our next peace concert was in 2004, and then again in 2008. Since October 2011, we have been participating with the Daniel Pearl World Music Days, and each year we present an evening of music that reflects on our global society; it’s challenges, it’s beauty and our hopes for a more harmonious future.
This year we are featuring new works by:Marty Fogel, Rob Middleton, Diane Moser and guest composer,Caleb Rumley. We will also feature works that we have featured in past peace concerts by our resident composers:Jim Cifelli, Matt Haviland, Rob Henke, Erick Storckman, Russ Vines and Ed Xiques.
Although his vocation as a journalist is what brought Daniel Pearl professional acclaim, Danny was also a classically trained violinist, an avid fiddler and a creative mandolin player who used his passion for music to form friendships that crossed cultural and religious divides.
Danny lived a life that knew no geographical boundaries with a spirit that knew no prejudice. He joined musical groups in every community in which he lived, leaving behind a trail of musician-friends around the globe. While working as a Wall Street Journal reporter in South Asia in 2002, he was kidnapped and murdered by terrorists in Pakistan, causing international outrage.
The world was shocked by the senseless loss of Daniel Pearl, an ethical journalist and accomplished musician who dedicated his life to bringing joy and understanding to the world.
Since then, he has become an icon for all wishing to bridge East-West differences.
The Daniel Pearl Foundation was formed by Danny’s family and friends to continue his mission and to address the root causes of this tragedy in the spirit, style and principles that shaped Danny’s work and character. These principles include uncompromised objectivity and integrity; insightful and unconventional perspective; tolerance and respect for people of all cultures; unshaken belief in the effectiveness of education and communications; and the love of music, humor and friendship.
Every year around his October 10th birthday, musicians around the world join in “Harmony for Humanity” to honor Danny’s memory and the principles by which he lived. Since 2002, Daniel Pearl World Music Days has grown to include the participation of more than 11,000 performances in 129 countries.
We dedicate this concert to the spirit of Daniel Pearl and the World Music Days initiative, in the hopes that we will all recognize that we are here together on this planet, and to live in harmony and peace.
“There are two aspects of individual harmony: the harmony between body and soul, and the harmony between individuals. All the tragedy in the world, in the individual and in the multitude, comes from lack of harmony. And harmony is the best given by producing harmony in one’s own life. ”
― Hazrat Inayat Khan