"Keep Bringing People Together Through The Power of Music". ©
The mission of WorldStrings Promotion is to “Keep bringing people together through the power of music“. It specializes in unique music events using music as a common language to bring people together and to promote mutual and peaceful understanding of diverse cultures. WorldStrings Promotion was founded in 2003 by German-born Bernd Häber who lives in Phoenix/Arizona, USA. He works as a promoter and presenter of traditional and international music and as an agent collaborating with musicians from both continents. For many years, Bernd has successfully organized concerts and has worked with music venues, partners and agencies in Arizona and other states in the United States and Germany. WordStrings Promotion is also the presenter of the DAFT-tour in the US.
The following quotes support this mission:
"The idea that folk music is closely associated with a people, a nation, or a culture and its characteristics has long been widely accepted. In some languages, the words for 'folk music' and national music are the same. This popular notion is, of course, quite opposed to that which deems music a 'universal language'. Neither is really correct nor objective.
Of course, it is possible to identify music as music, whether it is in a style known to us or not. Music is a universal phenomenon, but each culture does have its own, and learning to understand another culture's music is in many ways like learning a foreign language.
No culture can claim a body of music as its own without admitting that it shares many characteristics and probably many compositions with other, neighboring cultures. Balancing the idea of traditional music as a national or regional phenomenon against the concept of folk music as a supernational kind of music is one of the fascinations of this field."
From Bruno Nettl in "Folk and Traditional Music of the Western Continents", published in 1965 by Prentice-Hall, Inc.
"Folk songs are evasive - the truth about life, and life is more or less a lie, but then again that's exactly the way we want it to be. We wouldn't be comfortable with any other way.
A folk song has over a thousand faces and you must meet them all if you want to play this stuff. A folk song might vary in meaning and it might not appear the same from one moment to the next. It depends on who's playing and who's listening."
From Bob Dylan in "Chronicles Volume One", published in 2004 by Simon & Schuster.