Listening to a heartbeat

September 17, 2008 - 9:36 AM by

It’s always nice to see young performers getting up on stage for the first time, especially so when the teenagers are coming from both sides of the divide.

On Sunday night – the United Nations International Day of Peace -10 Palestinian and Israeli teenagers are going to give their debut performance at the Jerusalem International YMCA Theater.


It’s likely to be an interesting show. The kids, who were brought together by Aaron Shneyer, have been practicing together every week for the last eight months, whatever the ongoing politics. They’ve written their own songs about life, love, and of course the conflict, and shared each others musical heritage.

Twenty-four-year-old Shneyer, an American musician and songwriter, set up Heartbeat: Jerusalem – the Jerusalem Youth Music Project – in January, when he won a one-year MTV and Fulbright scholarship to help make music in the Middle East.

His aim was to unite Israeli and Palestinian high school students and turn them into a recording and performing band. In his own blog , he writes: “Music, unlike any other medium, has a marked ability to bring people together, strengthen voices and inspire hope in the darkest of places.”

His and the students journey are being captured on film by American-Israeli filmmaker Joshua Faudem, who plans to make a documentary.

You can find out more about the project from an article published in ISRAEL21c in April.

Looks like Sunday night will the first chance to see if Shneyer has reached his goal.

Entrance is free – just to make it even more tempting.


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