Monday, July 30, 2012

Listen for Life to present concerts on Peace Day

Listen for Life, an organization created for the preservation and advancement of musical culture around the globe, is honored to brings its innovative energy and world-renowned musicians to Southern California to celebrate this year’s U.N. International Peace Day. A relationship which began three years ago between the U.N. organizations in Geneva and Listen for Life to create special music events that would raise awareness of U.N. International Peace Day, has blossomed each year.

This year’s offerings in Southern California are the latest of a string of performances

Listen for Life has produced, and continues the momentum of successful 2010 and 2011 Peace Day concerts in Bosnia, Croatia, the UK, Kenya, as well as the United States. Beginning September 21 Listen for Life will present four cross-cultural events at four unique venues throughout the LA-metro area. Currently, scheduled Peace Day events will take place at the following venues: the kickoff event will take place at the renowned World Cup Soccer Center of Mission Viejo on Sept 21, followed by Point Fermin Park, San Pedro, overlooking the Pacific ocean on Sept 23, followed by the stunning Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood (Sept 27) and rounding out the festival at the Ramona Bowl’s natural amphitheater in Hemet, CA on Sept 29th.

Performers at the Peace Day-inspired events include past Emmy, Oscar and Grammy award winners and represent master-musicians of nine world cultures, performing on a total of seventeen unique instruments. Plus, it marks the debut of the Listen for Life All-Star Band. The band will feature members of many other well-known bands performing together for the first time.

These world-renowned musicians are scheduled to appear at the Peace Day events:

Van-Anh Vanessa Vo (dan Bau, dan Tranh, Trung) [Vietnam]
Ashwin Batish (sitar) and

Keshav Batish(tabla) [India]
Winnie Wong (guzheng) [China]
Faisal Zedan (percussion) [Syria]
Naser Musa (oud) [Palestine]
Rumen Sali Shopov (tambura) [Bulgaria]

Diana Rowan (harp) [Celtic/Eastern Europe]
Ricardo Garcia (voice) [Latino]
Donna Stoering (piano) [Western Classical]
Sonja Bruzauskas (voice)

Debut of Listen for Life’s All-Star Blues Band:

Teddy Andreadis (keys,harmonica) [Guns N' Roses, Carole King, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley]
Butch Taylor (keys) [Dave Matthews Band]
James East (bass) [Eric Clapton, Lionel Richie, Sergio Mendes]
Ant Glynne (guitar) [Asia, Albert Collins ,Rick Wakeman]
Andy Andrus (guitar) [Billy Preston, John Lee Hooker, Greg Douglass]
Joe Manno (drums) [the band Norway]

The Four Peace Day Musicfest Locations and their addresses/times:

World Cup Soccer Center in Mission Viejo Friday September 21st, 5:30pm (PT) onward
World Cup Soccer Center, 27301 La Paz Rd, Mission Viejo, CA 92692

Point Fermin Park in San Pedro, LA County, Sunday September 23rd, 2pm (PT) onward
Point Fermin Park, 807 Paseo Del Mar, San Pedro, CA 90731

Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood, Thursday September 27th, 7pm (PT)
Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood, CA 90068

Ramona Bowl Amphitheater in Hemet, Saturday September 29th, 7pm (PT)
Ramona Bowl Amphitheater, 27400 Ramona Bowl Road, Hemet, CA 92544

The events are currently being sponsored by Travels with Music and music instrument manufacturer, REMO, with additional sponsorships currently being pursued. For all information about the Listen for Life Music Fest go to or call 510-540-8136.

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