Dana Herz and Manal Malshi, Heartbeat ambassadors from the larger Heartbeat community of Israeli and Palestinian musicians, alongside Heartbeat's Founder and Director, Aaron Shneyer, raise up an energizing call of unity, demonstrating the power of bridges over borders and inspiring audiences to imagine and create the future we seek. Heartbeat’s musicians radiate passion, invention, and groove, drawing from jazzy R&B, hip-hop, rock, reggae and folk, while also adding flavors from their respective sides of the divide.
Each concert offers a unique window into the lives of these inspiring young artists and their experiences of growing up amidst the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, highlighting their creative effort to build a better future as members of Heartbeat.
Heartbeat, a nonprofit social enterprise, unites Israeli and Palestinian youth musicians to build critical understanding, develop creative nonviolent tools for social change, and amplify their voices to influence the world around them.
Manal Malshi is a singer-songwriter from Haifa. Growing up in a musical family, Manal wrote her first song at the age of 13 and soon began performing. Since joining Heartbeat at 16 years old, Manal has emerged as one of Heartbeat's most dynamic and expressive performers. Her introspective and thoughtful songs, carried by her richly textured and unique voice deeply move her audiences everywhere she performs.
Dana Herz is a singer, composer, and arranger, born in Jerusalem to a family of musicians. Dana’s voice has been described as one “of exceptional beauty, full with high overtones that give it carrying power and shimmering beauty.” (Bavat Marom) She currently studies in New York City at the New School with a full scholarship and is working on her first album, fusing together Soul, Jazz, Folk and Middle Eastern sounds. Dana joined Heartbeat in 2008 as a high school participant and has toured with Heartbeat across the USA, Germany and England.
Through his interactive, music-rich presentations, Heartbeat’s Founder and Executive Director, Aaron Shneyer, shares key insights into Heartbeat’s effort to dismantle hatred, build critical understanding and transform conflict through the power of music. Weaving together musical performance, interactive musical activities, dialogue, and exclusive videos, Aaron’s presentations bring audience into the Heartbeat experience, delving deep into the power of music and citizen driven social change.
Aaron Shneyer is the Founder and Executive Director of Heartbeat, a nonprofit social enterprise using music to empower Israeli and Palestinian youth to transform conflict, which he launched in 2007 as a Fulbright-mtvU Fellow. In 2005 he graduated from Georgetown University with a BA in Anthropology and went to work as a program leader and dialogue facilitator with various youth empowerment and civil society peace-building efforts. After living in Jerusalem for six years establishing Heartbeat, in 2012 Aaron returned to Washington, DC, to complete a Masters degree in Social Enterprise at American University’s School of International Service, where he was also a Social Enterprise Fellow. Aaron has performed and presented on the role of music and youth in conflict transformation at institutions across the US and Europe including Yale, Brown, Georgetown, Harvard, and other universities as well as the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy, TEDxAmerican University, and the US Department of State. Aaron writes, produces, and performs with various music ensembles.
- Over 100 Israeli and Palestinian youth musicians have participated in Heartbeat’s programs
- Heartbeat’s youth musicians have performed and led workshops for over 15,000 in Israel, Palestine, Germany, and the United States
- Heartbeat youth musicians’ original compositions and music videos have been downloaded or viewed by over 100,000 people worldwide.
- News agencies including the BBC, CBS, PBS, Voice of America, Al Jazeera, The Washington Post, and The New York Times, among many others have further amplified Heartbeat youth voices to influence millions around the world.
- Heartbeat’s graduates remain deeply involved in the organization as Heartbeat staff members and musician ambassadors.