International musicians will perform together in a few concerts this week and next in Southern California in honor of United Nations International Peace Day on September 21st.
Donna Stoering established Listen for Life, the Oakland-based nonprofit hosting the concerts.
“We believe that world peace sounds like music being performed and created by musicians from all of these different cultures coming together,” she said.
She said the lineup includes a slate of award-winning international musicians from ten nations.
“These people are like the Michael Jacksons of their countries,” she said. “We have the guzheng master from China, Winnie Wong, and a very unique sitar master and his son, and a tambura master from Bulgaria, and he does kind-of gypsy wedding music. It’s very happy and lively.”
Stoering says musicians with Listen for Life have performed together in Bosnia, Croatia, England, Kenya and other parts of the U.S., but this will be their first time playing in Southern California.
They’ll be joined by an All-Star Rock and Blues band featuring former bandmates of Lionel Richie and Eric Clapton.
P.S. Wondering what a guzheng sounds like? (we did!):