One Deep Breath-Common Ground

universal language
transcends words
into melodies of peace
In 1999, conductor Daniel Barenboim and Palestinian scholar Edward Said co-founded the Israeli-Arab Youth Orchestra (also known as the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra) as a cultural tool for bringing together Israelis and Arabs. Young musicians from both nations attended workshops in Spain, and then traveled the world giving concerts to promote cultural awarenss and harmony.
Barenboim once told a reporter that “Everyone should become active in the way that they are most suited – music is my way!” The orchestra now has it’s home base in Seville, Spain, and continues to use music as the common ground to illustrate that Arabs and Israelis can work together peacefully.

17 thoughts on “One Deep Breath-Common Ground

  1. What an inspiring haiku, Becca…the last line (and I really hate to use this phrase because it seems so trite, but there is no other)…took my breath away!

  2. Music really can be common ground between people of different languages and beliefs. I had heard about that orchestra before, thanks for posting about them!

  3. Yes! Who says one man can’t make a difference? Now we need a huge amplifier to spread the melodies of peace. Bravo! XXOO

  4. What a great haiku, Becca- and I loved that this one man is affecting so many lives! What an inspiration!
    Thank you!

  5. Each person has his/her own perspective about the prompts each week, and that is part of the joy in exploring the sites of each participant. How appropriate that you would choose music for the common ground in your haiku. We need more of this type of program; maybe peace would catch on if people found more common ground like the kind you have illuminated here.

  6. I’m happily a total chump for a hopeful story. This is a great thing to know about. We do create change one by one and I especially appreciated the reminder that we do it the way we do it.

  7. So well said — I really like your haiku. And the Israeli-Arab Youth Orchestra is so cool. It’s so important for the kids especially to be able to come together and transcend hate with positive things like peace and music.

  8. music is a wonderful common ground, and I’ve read about this amazing orchestra before. Great take, and beautiful haiku.

  9. Beautiful haiku and I am thrilled to bits with the orchestra. They practiced last year in Seville, Spain and they are a wonderful example of how multi-culturalism works to the benefit of all! Thanks for this wonderful reminder.

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