The Flint Jewish Federation is bringing Daniel Pearl World Music Day to Flint on Sunday October 6 at 2PM at the University of Michigan-Flint Theater. The "Humanity in Harmony Concert" brings together music from different cultures, stringing diversity together, using the same stringed instruments.
Daniel Pearl was a journalist; a reporter for the Wall Street journal. He died while reporting in Pakistan on the political turbulence in that country. His death became a rallying point for journalists; he is remembered in the Journalists Memorial Gallery, at the Newseum in Washington D.C. The film, "A Mighty Heart", was also made about his story starring Angelina Jolie as his widow.
Organizers of the event point out Pearl was also an accomplished musician; a violinist! He played many styles and appreciated them all. The Daniel Pearl Foundation does not dwell according to the Federation, on how he died, but rather on rich life he lived. To that end the Foundation began a series of concerts around the world, using Pearl's love of music as a focal point to create a so-called, "dialog in music."
According to one of the organizers of the upcoming Flint concert, Michael J. Thorp said, "The idea is to showcase the music of different cultures using the same stringed instruments. We are stringing cultures together, using the string of a violin or guitar or banjo or mandolin. It is surprising how many sounds one instrument can make." "We play the same instruments and we all harmonize, we just harmonize in uniquely different ways" he said.
The featured artists for the Humanity in Harmony Concert will include the Heartland Klezmer Band; a traditional Eastern European & Yiddish group that uses strings, horns and woodwinds to make a unique musical sound. Michigan's Troubadour, Neil Woodward with the traditional sound of the fiddle, banjo, guitar and any other strings he can find, in the American folk tradition as well as the Celtic and Irish styles. The show includes the Mariachi band, Gallosde Ore. This traditional Mexican wedding band also uses violins and guitars to create the unique sound of Mariachi music. One of the newest faces in Jewish Rock, writer, producer and performer Sheldon Low will bring his guitar and current sounds to the stage.
The goal is to expand the program in the future and include more groups, workshops and performances getting people from all walks of life to talk about the music.