As a positive alternative to the normalization of segregation, violence, and racism, Heartbeat creates spaces and opportunities for Palestinian and Israeli youth musicians to build critical awareness, respect, and trust while harnessing creative nonviolent tools for self-expression and social change. Engaging in a sustained music, dialogue, and empowerment process, Heartbeat youth musicians become agents of change; harnessing the tools of creativity to imagine possibilities, ask questions, and publicly address systemic problems such as violence, oppression, and inequality — partnering to create a safe, equitable future for all.
The Heartbeat Community strives to help build a future where all people enjoy equal rights to freedom, education, safety, and dignity.
Heartbeat Live works to amplify the voices of the Heartbeat artist community. Over 30 artists currently produce music, multimedia productions, and stage shows through Heartbeat. Check out upcoming shows, tours, and new music by Heartbeat musicians.
“Positively empowering the next generation of Israeli and Palestinian leaders." –The Huffington Post
“Incorporating Middle Eastern traditional sounds with a pop punch, they hope to create music for a larger audience, singing in Hebrew, Arabic and English." –CBS News
“Living proof that peace and harmony between Israelis and Palestinians is possible.” –Voice of America
“Trying to turn the dissonance of violence into music of peace.” –Washington Post
“Heartbeat: The New Kind of Peace Talk for Israel and Palestine” -Consequence of Sound
Heartbeat’s youth musicians have toured the US five times and have performed and led workshops for over 18,000 people in Israel, Palestine, Germany and the United States. Visiting some of the world’s most celebrated universities and music venues, the tour program features uplifting performances interweaving traditional and modern Eastern and Western music. At each event, Heartbeat musicians also share their experiences of growing up amidst the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, highlighting their creative effort to build a better future as members of Heartbeat. Each concert offers a unique window into the lives of these courageous young artists and will forge lasting connections between communities in the US and the Middle East.
Excerpt of "Light the Fire" from US Tour 2015
Past International performances, workshops, and briefings include:
The US Congress, The US State Department, The Reichstag, German Parliament, Harvard University, Yale University, Brown University, Brandeis University, Clark University, Hamilton University, Portland High School, Windham Performing Arts Center, UVM, Middlebury College, American U., Le Poisson Rouge, Congregation Beth Am Israel, Twinning Weekend/The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, Boston Jewish Music Festival, Takoma Park Community Center, Goddard College, UMass Amherst, St. Joseph’s College of Maine, Colby College, Curry College, Oberlin College, Ohio State University, Rockford University, Old Town School of Folk Music, West End United Methodist Church, W.O. Smith Music School, University of North Carolina Asheville, Roanoke College, Bradley University, Bennington College, The Willy Brandt Haus in Berlin, the Forum in Mannheim, and Boston College.
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