“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.”
“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.”
“Heartbeat: The New Kind of Peace Talk for Israel and Palestine”
–Consequence of Sound
For Immediate Release:
ISRAELI AND PALESTINIAN YOUTH MUSICIANS OF HEARTBEAT AMPLIFY THEIR VOICES TO END VIOLENCE AND PROMOTE EQUALITY
Heartbeat, the Israeli-Palestinian youth music community works to promote equality, empathy, and nonviolent action. The ensemble of accomplished Arab and Jewish youth artists (ages 18-22) has performed across Israel, Palestine, Germany and the US at universities, high schools, music venues, and congregations.
As war grips the Middle East and inequalities across racial and economic lines plague every community on earth, the young musicians of Heartbeat take the stage across the US with their dynamic blend of Eastern and Arabic music, Western rock, hip hop, jazz and reggae that challenges the segregation, inequalities and racism that fuels violent conflict around the world. Heartbeat’s fourth US tour aims to amplify the voices of the silent majority of peace-seeking Palestinians, Israelis, and Americans to advance dignity and freedom for all people.
Based in Jerusalem and Haifa, Heartbeat is an international nonprofit organization uniting musicians, educators, and students to build mutual understanding and transform conflict through the power of music. Founded in 2007 under a Fulbright-MTVu award, Heartbeat 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. Engaging in a sustained music-based dialogue curriculum, Heartbeat youth develop creative skills to express themselves and become voices for the voiceless in their communities.
Visiting some of the world’s most celebrated universities and music venues, the tour program will feature uplifting performances interweaving traditional and modern Eastern and Western music. At each event, Heartbeat musicians will 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.
Heartbeat musicians work to further engage audiences through interactive workshops and community dialogues aiming to inspire others with creative tools for social change and a deeper understanding of our world. Heartbeat led community dialogues and workshops offer opportunities to unite diverse groups within any community to constructively reflect on the social and economic dynamics within their communities and co-develop creative tools for social change.
The Heartbeat message inspires people of all backgrounds to work together to be the change we seek. Most tour performances are free to the public and open to all ages.
Additional Media Features:
Official Website: http://heartbeat.fm
Heartbeat Music Video: http://youtu.be/7Xw6NiUb44o
Past US performances, workshops, and briefings include: The US Congress, The US State Department, Harvard University, Yale, Brown, Brandeis, Clark, Hamilton, Portland High School, Windham Performing Arts Center, UVM, Middlebury, American U, Le Poisson Rouge, Congregation Beth Am Israel, Twinning Weekend/The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, Boston Jewish Music Festival, Takoma Park Community Center, Temple University, 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, and Boston College.
Contact: Avi Salloway at email@example.com or 401.529.7505