Sounds of Compassion: World Interfaith Harmony Week

Today’s webinar was music focused, and we started by enjoying a song cycle created by Lior Attar and Nigel Westlake and performed by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. The musical work is called “Compassion.” Nigel and Lior explained the genesis of the project. (Video link). We listened to Part I of the cycle, which included three sections Sim Shalom, or “Grant Peace”; Eize hu chacham?, Or Who is Wise? (the response is — one who learns from every man); and La Yu’minu — Until your love your brother … or, more expansively, “you will not have faith until you wish for your brother what you wish for yourself.” (Video link) There’s also a Part 2 and a Part 3!

“Compassion Symphony” was first performed at the Sydney Opera House in 2013. Lior is one of Australia’s most cherished pop singer/songwriters. Nigel Westlake is one of the country’s most respected classical composers and directors — and is known for his scores of both “Babe” movies. The images in this video are provided by “The Atlantic.”

Musicians Nimo Patel and Daniel Nahmod (nay-mod) brought together dozens of people from around the world to perform “Grateful: A Love Song to the World.” It’s inspired by the 21-Day Gratitude Challenge,.. For the 21 Days, over 11,000 participants from 118 countries learned that “gratefulness” is a habit cultivated consciously and a muscle built over time. This music video was created within a week by a team of volunteers. (Video link)

Nimo calls his music production company “Empty Hands Music.” “Empty Hand’s” mission is to spread seeds of goodness in the world through selfless service, music, and love. All of “Empty Hands Music’s” offerings are gifts to the world in order to spread seeds of goodness through music & eventsacross the world, as well as through its grassroots, arts-based service work from the Gandhi Ashram, for underprivileged children in the slums of Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India.

Another “Empty Hands Music” collaboration pairs Nimo and filmmaker Ellie Walton. We heard “To My People” — an Ode to Humanity.” (Video link)

Then we switched gears a bit, and listened to Noa and Mira Awad — singing the classic Beatles’ melody “We can Work it Out.” (Video link)

Mira Awad was the first Arab Israeli to represent Israel at Eurovision, singing the first Israeli Eurovision song with Arabic lyrics in 2009. Just as in this performance, she appeared with Achinoam Nini — known internationally as Noa .

Next up, we enjoyed Emma’s Revolution — Pat Humphries and Sandy O. — a Washington DC-area duo that’s been praised by Pete Seeger and had their songs performed by Holly Near. First we heard “Refugee.) (Video link)

The group’s name — Emma’s Revoluton — was inspired by women’s rights activist Emma Goldman’s famous attribution, “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution,” Emma’s Revolution has brought their uprising of truth, hope and a dash of irreverence to thousands of concerts and activist events across the US and abroad. This next song has become an international anthem of diversity and unity. First we head the story of the song’s creatin from a video from 2008. (Video link) Then we heard an anniversary video of the song, recorded in 2013. (Video link)

We believe in peace
We will work for peace
We can live in Peace

Jerusalem, Ramallah, Tel Aviv, in Washington
in Hebron, In Baghdad, in Lebanon in New York City


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