Barenboim-Said Foundation USA
“Our project may not change the world, but it is a step forward. Edward Said and myself see our project as an ongoing dialogue, where the universal, metaphysical language of music links with the continuous dialogue that we have with young people, and that young people have with each other” - Daniel Barenboim
“Our main principle is that separation between peoples is not a solution for any of the problems that divide peoples. And certainly ignorance of the other provides no help whatever. Cooperation and coexistence of the kind that music lived as we have lived, performed, shared and loved it together, might be” - Edward W. Said
In 1999 Daniel Barenboim and the late Palestinian literary scholar Edward Said founded the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra (WEDO) with the aim of bringing together young musicians from Israel, Palestine and various Arab countries, supported by Spanish musicians, so that they could get to know each other through the medium of music.
Since Edward Said’s untimely death in 2003, his widow Mariam C. Said has co-led the WEDO together with Daniel Barenboim.
Keep up with all the latest news from the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra and the Barenboim-Said Foundation, including dispatches from the WEDO tours, new recordings, and events around the world.